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.
Professor Mitch Haupers completed his first CD/DVD as a leader and composer, (In Came) Love, So Silent, which was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features members of the Yellowjackets and numerous Berklee faculty members.
In April, Assistant Professor Francisco Noya and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performed at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Noya also worked with the Rhode Island Philharmonic LinkUp program for children.
In February, Assistant Professor Gail McArthur-Browne gave a jazz master class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Professor Eugene Friesen wrote the book Improvisation for Classical Musicians and has led numerous related workshops. His new quartet for cellos, “The Soul of the White Ant,” premiered in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA.
Assistant Professor Michael Moss composed and recorded music for the 70th anniversary edition audiobook of The Little Prince, featuring performances by Moss, Jeff Gilman ’94, and violinist Michael Rosenbloom.
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.
Assistant Professor Kevin Harris has released the CD Museum, Vol. 1. Visit www.kevinharrisproject.com.
Professor John Baboian taught the clinic “Two Guitars Are Better Than One” with University of Southern California Guitar Professor Frank Potenza ’72, and performed with the World Leaders at the Jazz Educators Network conference in Atlanta, GA.
Guitar Professor Jon Damian performed with singer Jackie Evancho at the Wang Center in Boston.