Faculty Notes

 

Associate professor Darol Anger’s new bluegrass-flavored recording E-and’a was released on Adventure Records, and features Joe Walsh, Courtney Hartman, Lukas Pool, and Sharon Gilchrist. 

 

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

Woodwind professor Wendy Rolfe played on three recently released CDs. She is heard on Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Beethoven Symphonies 1-4 and Overtures and Boston Baroque’s recordings of Haydn’s Creation and Symphony No. 104.

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. 

 

Professor Kris Adams performed in Rome at the Alexanderplatz Jazz Club with Claudio Colasazza, Luca Pirozzi, and Alessio Santoni. She presented the clinic “Sing Your Way through Theory” (based on her book of the same title) at the California Music Education Conference in Fresno, CA, and in Bad Kissingen, Germany, for the European Music Educators Association.

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 Eugene Friesen performed and taught in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Newcastle Conservatorium, Adelaide International Cello Festival (with Rushad Eggleston ’01), and at JMC Academy. He also held a residency at the Opera House and American University in Cairo, Egypt. 

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

In 2013, assistant professor Jason Palmer was a featured artist on a 31-stop tour of Russia. He recently won a French-American Jazz Exchange grant in collaboration with Cedric Hanriot ’08. His album Take a Little Trip was recently released by SteepleChase Records. 

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.