Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming

Guitar Professor Jon Damian performed with singer Jackie Evancho at the Wang Center in Boston.

Associate Professor Mikael Ringquist, the leader of Orquesta La Pasión, performed Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos in Colombia and Argentina. He also played on the soundtrack for a Francis Ford Coppola film.

In February, Assistant Professor Gail McArthur-Browne gave a jazz master class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Professor Tony “Thunder” Smith performed with Lou Reed during a European tour and at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also presented a clinic at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Marco Pignataro was featured on the Eddie Gomez Quintet’s Per Sempre, featuring two of Pignataro’s compositions. They performed dates in Italy and France. 

Pianist and Assistant Professor Vadim Neselovskyi released Music for September on Sunnyside Records.

Associate Professor Freddie Bryant received an honorary degree from Amherst College.

Professor Kenwood Dennard cofounded the group Bush Rock with keyboardist Delmar Brown.

Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

From the left: Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis sang on David Bowie’s album The Next Day. She appeared in the film Twenty Feet from Stardom and performed on Late Show with David Letterman with Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, and Shawn Klush.

Professor Laszlo Gardony released the CD Clarity on Sunnyside Records. Visit www.lgjazz.com.