John Baboian, guitar professor, performed an “East Meets West” clinic with Turkish bass player Kamil Erdem at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas, TX. He also conducted the Central Massachusetts District High School All-Star Jazz Band at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.
Strings professor Felice Pomeranz and her quartet will be joined by Marco Pignataro for a performance at the American Harp Society National Conference in New Orleans, LA. In July, she will perform and lecture in Sydney, Australia, as part of the World Harp Congress. Visit gildedharps.com.
Associate professor Winnie Dahlgren founded the educational project No Boundaries, which culminated with a trip to Morocco in January, together with alumni and current students. The group worked with local music institutions in Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech. For more information, visit neemaproductions.com.
Assistant professor David Harris released the composition “Trek from Ethiopia—Part 1” on the compilation Beyond Addis: Contemporary Jazz and Funk Inspired by Ethiopian Sounds from the ’70s. Harris performed with Debo Band and wrote, arranged, mixed, and mastered the recording with funding from a faculty grant.
Guitar professor Lauren Passarelli’s Beatles ensemble was featured on a CBS Sunday Morning feature, which spotlighted the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American tour.
Associate professor and vocalist Gaye Tolan Hatfield released the album Yesterday Once More: a tribute to The Carpenters. Faculty members who assisted Hatfield on the disc's nine selections include Jodi Jenkins, Gabrielle Goodman, Dino Govoni, Jon and Corinne Chase, Paul Stiller, Jeff Ramsay, Guillermo Nojechowicz, and Brad Hatfield.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed the piece “Shards of Serenity” by associate professor Jonathan Holland as part of its EarShot Classical Roots Readings. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
In March, strings instructor Jason Anick released his second album as a leader, Tipping Point, which was reviewed in the Boston Globe. Visit jasonanick.com.
In January, piano professor Laszlo Gardony performed in the NEA Jazz “Masters on Masters” concert series, opening for the Gary Bartz Quartet. Additionally, the Boston Globe ran a full-page article on Gardony.
Dave DiCenso, associate professor of percussion, recently performed with Carole King for a fundraising event supporting New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen. This summer he will tour with singer Josh Groban. Visit davedicenso.com.