Faculty Notes

Chris DeRosa of New York City performed in Germany and Thailand in a video for Renee Ruth’s single “Midnight.” He is the drummer and musical director for the band Dubb Agents. Visit chrisderosa.com

John Hill of Moorestown, NJ, won a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship. He will focus on creative projects during a retreat for visual artists, writers, and composers. 

Professor Bill Banfield’s group Jazz Urbane recorded Playing with Other People’s Heads: Songs, which was produced by the late George Duke and features several Berklee faculty members and alumni. Visit billbanfield.com. 

Associate professor Amy Merrill has been named a semi-finalist for the 37th Bay Area Playwrights Festival for her play by the Book

Voice professor Lisa Thorson celebrated the release of her new CD Lisa Thorson Quartet LIVE featuring Tim Ray, David Clark, and George Schuller, in the concert series Jazz at the Arsenal in Watertown, MA. She also completed Level II Training in Somatic Voicework™ (the LoVetri Method). Visit lisathorson.com. 

Dario Eskenazi, assistant professor of film scoring, was nominated for the Argentinian Cóndor de Plata award for his score for the film Vino Para Robar. He recorded the score with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra last summer.

Kevin HarrisAssistant professor Kevin Harris has been performing and/or recording with the Billy Pierce Quartet, Tommy Campbell, Richie Barshay, Steve Langone, Neal Smith and others. Visit kevinharrisproject.com. 

Peter Gardner, professor of liberal arts, presented a lecture and workshop on intercultural communication to students in the Master’s Program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel.

Associate professor Fred Lipsius released a jazz sextet CD titled Rhythm, Catch 4, featuring faculty members Greg Hopkins, Russ Hoffman, and Dave Clark, plus Les Harris, Jr. ’83. Lipsius produced, composed, and arranged material for the album, which is available at online outlets. 

Dave DiCensoDave 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.