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1951

Composer/producer Quincy Jones of Los Angeles, CA, was named a Commander of the Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac during a ceremony in Paris on March 26, 2001.

 

1963

Jazz composer Graham Collier has relocated from London, England, to Malaga, Spain. He recently premiered his suite "Winter Oranges" with the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. He is re-issuing six CDs of his music dating from 1974 to 1985. He has released 14 recordings altogether.

1964

Bassist Timothy Swarbrick, Jr. of Wilmington, DE, appeared in a Delaware jazz documentary with Donald Byrd in a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. Swarbrick is also performing regularly in the Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey areas.

1968

Michael Cardoza of Hingham, MA, completed his third season as organist for the Boston Bruins hockey team. He is also composing musical theater productions.

1969

Composer Gary Anderson of New York City recently recorded an arrangement of the ABC News theme, "An American Dream," at Nashville's Ocean Way Studio. His other credits include composing music for ABC's "20/20" news magazine and for CNN.

 

1970

Bassist Harvie Swartz of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, has been actively performing with his band Eye Contact. The group explores Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz styles. Visit their website at www.jazzcorner.com/swartz.

1971

Guitarist Keith Grimes of Bethesda, MD, has played on several albums by artist Eva Cassidy, including one entitled Songbird, which is currently number one on the British pop charts.

Composer Marc Elbaum of Meredith, NH, recorded a piece for the soundtrack of the CBS theater production of On Golden Pond. You can e-mail him at marce@cyberportal.net.

Saxophonist Carl Hosbond of Las Vegas, NV, is performing at the Stardust Hotel as a member of singer Wayne Newton's backup band. The group works 40 weeks per year.

Pianist Chuck Mymit of Forest Hills, NY, has rejoined the faculty at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, where he is an associate professor of jazz studies. Mymit has also released his third CD, entitled Ambience: The Romantic Piano of Chuck Mymit.


John Scofield '72
Photo by Ken Schles

1972

Guitarist John Scofield of New York City has released a new CD titled Works for Me on the Verve label. Kenny Garrett, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and the late Billy Higgins back Scofield on the disc's 11 original compositions.

1974

Guitarist Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, has released the CD Dyad with Hans Glawischnig '92, Maucha Adnet, Duduka da Fonseca, and Valentin Gregor. Hatfield has published his original guitar music and played on the score of the documentary But, the Day Came.

1975

Vocalist Jeannie Deva of Boston, MA, performed a concert in February to benefit the H.E.L.P. community program at the Massachusetts College of Art. Deva's group featured other Berklee alumni, including Karen Bell '90, Jennifer Truesdale '91, Doug Tybor '83, Yury Shenkar '89, Joe Scoglio '74, and Peter Cieslinksi '69.

Saxophonist Larry Mason of Colonial Beach, VA, is performing and recording regularly in the Fredericksburg, VA, and Washington, D.C., areas. Mason recently appeared on albums with artist David Bailey.

Pianist Rob Mounsey of New York City, NY, collaborated with Bobby McFerrin on the Academy Award-nominated score to the documentary Big Mamma. Mounsey has also penned arrangements for artists Keb' Mo', Tom Wopat, Donny Osmond and James Taylor, contributed music to HBO's "Sex and the City," and received an Emmy for his music for the show "One Life to Live."

Guitarist Tony Palkovic of Claremont, CA, has released a new CD entitled Esoteric. The album also features keyboardist Patrick Moraz of Yes and the Moody Blues and Krys Mach of Level 42. Palkovich has hosted his own jazz radio show in the greater L.A. area for the past ten years.


Gerry Beaudoin '77
 

1977

Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin of Waltham, MA, has joined with guitarist Jay Geils of the J. Geils Band and noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard to form the New Guitar Summit. They released a CD entitled Retrospective, which is available on Francesca Records. E-mail Beaudoin at gbeaudoin@mediaone.net.

1978

Tom Zicarelli of Bethel, MA, and Jon Simmons '87 of Ashland, MA, each wrote music for the CD Slow Dance at the Asylum by the Molly Flannery Quintet.

 


Ken Field '80
Photo by Claire Folger
 

1980

Saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, has released two new CDs, Tokyo in F and Pictures of Motion, and has been performing and recording regularly with the electronic music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Several of his scores have accompanied features on HBO, the Movie Channel, PBS, and others.

Pianist/songwriter Cynthia Hilts of New York City has released Stars Down to the Ground, a CD featuring music she wrote during her residency at the Montana Artists Refuge in 1999. Contact her via e-mail for information about her CD at Bmo1A@aol.com.

Composers Darrell Katz of Boston, MA, and Laura Andel '93 of New York City recently had their music featured at the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain, MA, by the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. Included in the group are Berklee faculty Darrell Katz, Keiichi Hashimoto '92, Bob Pilkington '78 and Norm Zocher, and alumni Jim Hobbs '89, Jeff Hudgins '92, Mike Peipman '80, Rick McLaughlin '93, Harvey Wirth '95, and Hiro Honshuku '90.

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis recently joined several representatives from the music industry on a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress on the importance of music as a vital core subject for young students.

 

Paul Nelson '80
 
"Ti" Muntarbhorn '80
 

Guitarist Paul Nelson of Stamford, CT, plays guitar on music heard during

the broadcasts of the XFL (Extreme Football League). Nelson endorses

Ernie Ball guitar strings and has released a new instrumental CD "Look" which has received rave reviews in numerous guitar magazines. For more on his career, check out his web site at www.paulnelsonguitar.com.

 

Guitarist "Ti" Sirabhorn Muntarbhorn of Bangkok, Thailand, has been performing with her group Brazilian Jazz Band, which includes Berklee alumnus Ruj Sangkasaba '98. Muntarbhorn also performs with the Bangkok Opera Company and participated in the first opera written by a Thai composer.

1981

Pianist Harry Miller of Paterson, NJ, recently released a new CD entitled Harry Miller Trio --Live at the Museum. You can visit his web site at www.harrymillermusic.com.

Guitarist Frank Piazza of Darien, CT, scored the film Hit and Runway, released in March. Piazza also wrote the theme music for the "Make Your Own Sunday" promo, which airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel.

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of West New York, NJ, was one of nine musicians selected by the U.S. State Department to be a 2001 Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador. The group embarked on an eight-week tour of West Africa in May.

Pianist Seth Saltzman of Livingston, NJ, was recently named chief operating officer of the International Music Joint Venture, a publishing group working jointly with ASCAP and other music publishers.

Trumpeter Johnny Souza of Plymouth, MA, released My Shining Hour, his first CD as leader. The album features Dick Johnson (leader of the Artie Shaw band) on woodwinds and fellow alumni Shaun England '94 on guitar, Jeff Williams '74 on piano, and drummer Gary Johnson '73. Visit his web site at www.johnnysouza.com.

1982

Composer Bill Roche of New York, NY, has been producing and composing music for film, television, commercials, and interactive CDs. He has won Promax/BDA Gold Awards and an Emmy Award for his work with HBO.

Craig Spector of Pasadena, CA, has founded Stealth Press, a company that publishes high-quality hardcover editions of popular, out-of-print books and sells them via the Internet.

1983

Pianist Peter Dick of Toronto, ON, Canada, recently released his debut CD Play. The disc contains digitally recorded solo piano music that is a mix of original compositions, improvisations, and works by others.

 


Jeff Kashiwa '83
 

Alto saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa of Santa Clara, CA, recently left the noted smooth jazz group the Rippingtons to embark on a solo career. His new CD on the Native Language label is entitled Another Door Opens.

Saxophonist David Alan Salisbury of Fontana, CA, received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of New England, located in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.

1984

Pianist Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, has released the CD On Second Thought for the Naïve label. He has toured throughout Europe to support the album.

Mario Lobo of Jaboatao, Brazil, is performing with his band Mallavoodoo. The group recently released their first album, O Inverno e a Garça, and held a CD release concert in March.

Guitarist Bill Macpherson of North Hollywood, CA, and his band Native Vibe released Mirage, their seventh CD. Fellow alumnus Nee Sackey '90 plays bass with the group. Macpherson also teaches guitar and jazz theory at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA.

Pianist Barry Rocklin of Revere, MA, is performing month-long solo engagements in Malmo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden, and on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Rocklin is presently composing music for the 2001 Boston Theater Awards, as he has done every year since their inception.

Keyboardist Derek Sherinian of Capitola, CA, recently released a new instrumental solo album titled Inertia. It is a follow-up to his 1999 album Planet X, which featured musicians like Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, and others. Sherinian has gained a following for his work with Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, and Kiss.

1985

Bassist Gildas Boclé of Paris, France, and brother Jean Boclé '88, a pianist from New York, have released the CD Celtic Tales on the Naïve label. Featured on the recording are saxophonist Michael Brecker, drummer Marco Pelliteri '84, and guitarists Brent Schoenhart '91 and Jacques Pellen.

Composer David Bondelevitch of Studio City, CA, has been nominated for two MPSE Golden Reel Awards for his work on the Showtime movie Hendrix and for the direct-to-video film Stonebrook.

Pianist Werner "Vana" Gierig of Munich, Germany, has been touring the U.S. and Europe with violinist Regina Carter and is featured on her Motor City Moments CD. Gierig also toured Germany, Italy, and Brazil with his Vana Trio, in support of their CD entitled Small Regrets. Visit his web site at www.vanamusic.com.

1986

Guitarist Ed Littman of New York City has released a new album called Splatt. The music is an eclectic mix of instrumental, improvisational, and groove music with elements of rock, jazz, and blues.

Pianist Ann Maartmann of Stockholm, Sweden, released her debut album Reconciliation in 1998 in Sweden, Taiwan, and Japan, and plans a second release in June. She has also formed her own record company called Sensitive Records. See the web site at www.sensitive.se for more information.

Bassist Arnon Palty of Tel Aviv, Israel, was recently named chair of the Bass Department at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv. Palty is also actively performing with his jazz sextet Amisra-Jazz.

1987

Gordon "Sax" Beadle of Cambridge, MA, released a new album titled You Knock Me Out for the Rounder Records label. He has toured extensively with a number of blues artists in the U.S. and abroad and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.


Gordon Beadle '87
 

Saxophonist Scott Brubaker of Minneapolis, MN, is performing locally and teaches privately. He plans to release his first album as a leader this year. An active member of the Bahái' Faith, Brubaker recently served at the new Minneapolis Bahái' Center.

Producer Charles Carlini of New York City is organizing a concert for the 2001 JVC Jazz Festival in the city to celebrate the music of composer/pianist Eumir Deodato. The band will include Deodato, vocalist Maysa, drummer Omar Hakim, saxophonist Teodross Avery, and percussionist Bobby Sanabria among others. This is Carlini's sixth production for the JVC Festival.

Keyboardist Tom Coster Jr. of Santa Monica, CA, currently runs Tommy Sound, a recording studio in Santa Monica. Coster plays sessions in the L.A. area and has appeared on albums with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and John Tesh.

Guitarist Tony DiMito of Studio City, CA, worked as music editor for the feature film The Caveman's Valentine (starring Samuel L. Jackson) and on the Fox TV comedy "Grounded For Life."

 


Geoffrey Gee '87

 
Thaddeus Hogarth '88
 

Pianist Geoffrey Gee of Arlington, MA, released a duo CD titled Excursions with drummer Russ Gold for Inner Ground Records. The disc is available through Amazon.com.

1988

Drummer Kevin Morrissey of Palatine, IL, is running a Chicago music community web site called ChicagoGigs.com. He also launched TMGtracking, a service that allows record company representatives to obtain accurate data about unsigned bands.

Guitarist/singer Thaddeus Hogarth of Boston, MA, has released a new CD titled Trying to Believe for the Spinning Records label. The disc features a cameo appearance by Grammy-nominated reggae artist Sister Carol.

1989

Seth Ballou of Warwick, RI, is owner and engineer at his own studio, Spectrum Recording, located in Warwick.

Guitarist Frank Möbus of Berlin, Germany, has been performing with his group Der Rote Bereich (The Red Area). The group has released a new CD entitled Love Me Tender.


Kelly Riley '89
 

Singer/songwriter Kelly Riley of Chelsea, MA, has completed a new CD titled Live and You Learn, featuring 11 of her songs. She performs lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, and keyboards. Helping out were Leah Langefeld '86 (piano), Perry Yeldham '73 (bass), Heather (Rice) Fahey '83 (background vocals), and Meghan Toohey '96 (electric guitar). The disc is available online at www.cdfreedom.com. You can contact her directly at kelly-riley@usa.net.

Pianist/songwriter Karl Steudel of Sudbury, MA, released his third CD, Philosophy, featuring 18 originals and David Bowie's "Memory of a Free Festival." Visit his website at www.karlmusic.com.

 

1990

Bassist Ivan Bodley of New York City, NY, has been actively working as a freelance bassist with a wide range of artists. For information on his gigs, visit his web site at www.funkyboy.net.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick of West Hollywood, CA, released the CD Skinnier, Faster: Live on her own label. She was also nominated for three Boston Music awards.

Bassist Jaromir Honzak of Prague, Czech Republic, released Earth Life, his second CD. The album features Honzak's original music performed with Berklee alumni Kuba Stankiewicz, Jorge Rossy, and David Doruzka.

Colin James McCaffrey '90

Michiko Yoshino '90
Pamela (Butchart) York '91

Guitarist Colin James McCaffrey of Montpelier, VT, completed a CD called What We've Got, featuring fiddler Casey Driessen '00. McCaffrey teaches music at Goddard College and at the Community College of Vermont.

 

Vocalist Michiko Yoshino of Tokyo, Japan, released a CD titled After a Long Spell of Rain on the Blue Vega Records label. It features four of Yoshino's original songs and standard tunes.

1991

Pianist Pamela (Butchart) York released her debut CD Blue York with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton for the Audiophoric label. She has performed for the Tucson Jazz Society, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Aspen, and with the San Diego Symphony Pops Orchestra.

1992

Composer Jason Eckardt of New York City, NY, recently received a commission from noted percussionist Evelyn Glennie to write a concerto for percussion and orchestra. The work will premiere in 2003. Another of Eckardt's compositions "Tangled Loops" was featured in the Boston Globe's Best of 2000 column.

Pianist Emil Lambrev of New York City released Nostalgic Dream, a CD of music for piano and orchestra composed by Lambrev and Emilio Palame. The disc also features guitarist John Chiodini and saxophonist Eric Marienthal.

1993

Pianist Mika Pohjola of New York City released a new CD titled Sound of Village. The duo outing features Pohjola on keyboards and Yusuke Yamamoto '93 on percussion, clay flute, voice, and berimbau. For more information on Pohjola's recordings and career, visit the web site www.geocities.com/mikapohjola/reviews.

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros of Boston, MA, has released his fourth album, Smooth Ride, on VEE Records. The disc was produced by noted Latin jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Saxophonist Matthew Zebley of Calimesa, CA, was married to Maya Haddi on January 19, 2001.

1994

Electric bassist Ravello Antoin of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, is working in the education field and as a session player. Antoin recently won the Best Arrangement prize in the Tumba Festival, a local cultural festival.

Saxophonist Marcus Cardwell of Austin, TX, is a member of the acid jazz band Gnappy, and can be heard on the group's self-titled debut CD on Harlequin Records.

Producer Steve Catizone of Boston, guitarist Leo Mellace '91, and keyboardist Steve Ferlazzo '90 operate Sanctum Sound Studio in Boston. They just produced the debut album for the band Tribe of Judah featuring singer Gary Cherone and drummer Mike Mangini. For information on the studio, visit www.sanctumsound.com.

 


Michael Chlasciak '94
 
Scott Koziol '94
 

Guitarist Michael Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, worked as guitarist and songwriter on the band Halford's new double album Live Insurrection. The group features ex-Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford and guests Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Rudolph Schenker of Scorpions. Chlasciak also released this third solo album, The Spilling, in May.

Bassist Scott Koziol of Burbank, CA, recently completed a 60-city tour with the group Linkin Park. The group's recent single "One Step Closer" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Dracula 2000 and MTV's Return of the Rock, Volume 2.

Drummer Nathaniel Morton of Sherman Oaks, CA, is performing with vocalist Brian Transeau '89, and performed with singer Natalie Cole in Japan and Uruguay.

Guitarist Sarel River of Briarwood, NY, has been performing with his own jazz quartet and recently released an album entitled 2 in One.

1995

Pianist Peter Bufano of Los Angeles, CA, worked as score coordinator for the film Josie and the Pussycats. Bufano recently became a Berklee faculty member in the Film Scoring Department. See his web site at www.peterbufano.com.

Composer Robert Ferris of Windsor, VT, teaches at Blue Bear School of Music and has released a CD entitled Whoaa.with his group the Whoaa Players.

Chapman stick player Tom Griesgraber of Encinitas, CA, released a CD called First Witness with his band Agent 22. The band was named best alternative band in the San Diego Reader'sBest of 2000 poll, and was nominated for a San Diego Music Award. To hear an MP3, go to www.mp3.com/agent22.

Pianist Steve Hamilton of London, England, completed tours of the U.S. and Japan with noted drummer Bill Bruford's Earthworks band and composed some material on the group's new CD The Sound of Surprise. Hamilton has also started a web site design company for artists. For information, see his web site at www.fandangodesign.com.

Engineer Chris Langer of St. Paul, MN, recently completed a recording with drummer Terry Bozzio. He has produced over 30 albums and is looking for artists in the Twin Cities area to produce. You can reach him at chris@castle-productions.com.

Saxophonist Stephane Mercier of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Flor de Luna, which features Melvin Butler '93, Renato Thoms '95, Philippe Thomas '94, Thomas Gromaire '94, Vincent Bourgeyx '97, and Mark Zubek '94.


Caroline Wegener '95
 
Moïra Conrath '96
 

Vocalist Kasia Sokalla of Methuen, MA, is performing with the chant-based group Kairos at concerts, conferences, and workshops throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area.

Pianist Caroline Wegener of Potsdam, Germany, released a CD titled Shapes of Bach that she recorded with Jens Reule '95 in Berlin. The disc features her arrangements of some of Bach's most popular keyboard works.

1996

Vocalist Moïra Conrath of Paris, France, has been recording and performing with her own group and released a debut CD entitled Une Insomnie. The album reflects the group's unique blend of jazz and West African music.

Guitarist Jeff Crespo of Roxbury, MA, is performing with Mata7, a Latin pop/rock group. The band recently released their self-titled debut CD that features Crespo and fellow alumni Rolando Gonzalez '95, Daniel Moncada '95, Rene Gonzalez '01, Maria Morales '01, and Miguel Mengual.

Pianist/vocalist Tony DeBlois of Waltham, MA, a blind, autistic savant, has been performing at schools, foundations, and medical facilities throughout the U.S. and Asia. DeBlois was the subject of the 1997 made-for-television movie Journey of the Heart.

Engineer Michael Drexler of New York City was nominated for a Grammy for his mastering work on The Rubenstein Collection, a 94-CD box set of the complete recordings by the legendary classical piano master.

Vocalist Megan Wendell and bassist Mason Wendell '97 of Jersey City, NJ, own and run Solarmanite Records. Recently, they released Many Miles Away, a compilation of songs originally recorded by the Police and rerecorded in different styles of music by various artists. See their website at www.solarmanite.com for more information.

1997

Sue Diaz of Toronto, ON Canada, graduated with an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in April. Diaz is now employed at Deeth, Williams, Wall, a law firm specializing in intellectual property and information-technology law.

Guitarist Lucky Diaz of Sunland, CA, is now working in production at Walt Disney Records. Since graduating from Berklee, Diaz has toured throughout Europe and released four independent albums.

Pianist/composer Jorge Farall of Tucumán, Argentina, has been working as an orchestrator and arranger for top artists and orchestras in Argentina. He also wrote the music for several musical theater productions and was given the Distinguished Citizen Award by Tucumán Pharmaceutical Foundation.

Guitarist Jeffrey Parks of Brooklyn, NY, is working as label manager for alumna Leni Stern's independent record label Leni Stern Recordings.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez of New York City has been playing with Avishai Cohen '98, and has been hired to play with the Pat Metheny Group.

Composer Patric Skog of Skogsbacken, Sweden, has been working with Andreas Westman '95 and various artists. They also gave a clinic at the Stockholm Music Conservatory.

Guitarist Pär Thuresson of Vaxjo, Sweden, and his wife recently had a baby girl named Sanna. They made Adrian Jones '97 the baby's godfather.

Guitarist Koji Tsumoto of Tokyo, Japan, has released several instrumental albums for the Warner Music label. His latest CD is titled Cross Dream.

1998

Composer Greg Devore of Los Angeles, CA, arranged and produced a CD of international lullabies. Fellow alumni working on the project included engineer Huck Bennert '86 and guitarist Mark Small '73. Devore's e-mail address is gregdevore@sprintmail.com.

Bruno Canale of Los Angeles, CA, was mix engineer and music assistant for the latest release of Solarwind Music featuring the Indian artist K.J. Yesudas. Canale has also worked with German Villacorta '98 on the new release from Alex Acuña and the Unknowns band and has worked on commercials for numerous corporate clients.

Drummer/composer Ben Grauer of Jamaica Plain, MA, arranged and produced a CD of the theme song for the Presbyterian Women's National Convention, and played drums at the event in Louisville, KY. One of his songs was published in the March issue of P.C. Horizons magazine.

Pianist Scott Haraldsen of Somerville, MA, is working as a sound designer for Stainless Steel Studios, a video game development company located in Cambridge, MA. The company is currently working on the soon-to-be released game "Empire Earth."

Pablo Schlesinger of Bogota, Colombia, released his debut CD titled Piano Solo. The disc contains some classical piano repertoire as well as standards and a blues composition. He has also composed and orchestrated music with composer Jimmy Pulido '98 for film and stage productions. Additionally, he is teaching at Javeriana University and producing radio broadcasts.

1999

Guitarist Theodore Chou of San Marino, CA, is working at Phoenix Soundworks in Hollywood, CA, and as assistant sound editor on director John Carpenter's new movie Ghosts of Mars. He also plays with the alternative rock group Losing Daylight.

 

2000

Bassist Vincent Briguglio of Gloucester, MA, is one of four Berklee alumni in the national touring company for the Broadway musical Footloose. The group toured the United States with the show from September 2000 to May 2001 and will tour Brazil in June and July 2001. Other alumni working on the show are guitarist Michael Vanier '00, percussionist Leo Sharamitaro '97, and guitarist Inge Berge '94.

Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Peterson, NJ, has been touring with other Berklee grads Jeremy Pelt, Ku-umbwa Frank Lacy, and Dave Kikoski in the Mingus Big Band and was recently hired to play with the Count Basie Band. Shaw was the third recipient of Berklee's Billboard Endowed Scholarship.

2001

Drummer Brian Burton of Grand Rapids, MI, has been performing with award-winning country music singer Brooke Starr and Wild, Wild West. Burton won a Rising Star Instrumentalist of the Year award from the New Hampshire Country Music Association. He is also teaching at Rit Drums in Grand Rapids.

Trombonist Colleen Glenney of Aurora, IL, is now playing with the touring cast of Blast!, a musical theater show that incorporates elements from drum corps, rock, jazz, and other types of music. The group will present a short version of the show at Disney's Epcot Center this summer, and begins touring the U.S. in August.