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From the left: Composer Louis Stewart, conductor Siobhan C.V. Denning, Sarah Jane Mayhew (from the office of the British Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in London), unidentified woman, cello soloist Tim Anderson, and soprano soloist Kathryn Wright after the English premiere of Stewart's Travelers through Eternity.
 

Associate Professor of Voice Kathryn Wright was the soprano soloist in the premiere of Travelers through Eternity, a work for soprano, chorus, and orchestra by Associate Professor of Composition Louis Stewart. Siobhan C.V. Denning conducted the Chanctonbury Chorus in the premiere at St. Andrew's Church in Sussex, England.

Brass Department Chair and trombonist Tom Plsek created and performed works with Boston Conservatory dance and theater faculty member Marjorie Morgan at Boston's Mobius Center for Experimental Work in All Media. They also traveled to Croatia in August to develop and present a new work in the city of Zadar.

In July, Interviews with the Greats and More! by Guitar Professor Charles Chapman was released by Mel Bay Publications. The book presents 25 interviews that Chapman conducted with top guitarists. In May, Chapman performed and presented a masterclass at the Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in Kirkmichael, Scotland.

Associate Professor of Harmony Wayne Naus performed "The Star Spangled Banner” on trumpet before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in August. Former President George Bush was in the audience.

Associate Professor of Music Synthesis Neil Leonard had his music for multimedia featured in the Venice Biennale. He has also released his debut solo CD Timaeus. Visit his web site at www.neilleonard.com for more information.

Percussion Associate Professor Robert Kaufman, released a CD called The Line Between on the Whaling City Sound label. It features Professor Bruce Gertz on bass and Jerry Bergonzi on tenor sax. Kaufman has written two books, The Art of Drumming and Deeper into the Art of Drumming, that have been published by Advance Music. Visit his website at www.theartofdrumming.com.

Vibist Matthias Lupri, Percussion Department equipment manager, performed at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and the Litchfield, Connecticut Jazz Festival this summer. His quintet, featuring Woodwinds Associate Professor George Garzone, also played for a week in Canada. His third CD Same Time Twice features Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Mark Turner (saxophone), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Gregory Hutchinson (drums). For more information, visit his website at www.jazzcorner.com/lupri.

Assistant Professor of Music Synthesis Jeff Baust completed work for his DMA degree in composition at Boston University with a concentration in electro-acoustic and computer music.

General Education Department Professor Joseph Coroniti recently gave two presentations on Irish-American cultural themes, one in Canada and one in Boston. His short story "The Shakespeare Follies” was published in the May issue of Pulse Literary Magazine and five of his poems appear in the Fall 2001 issue of Andrei Codrescu's publication Exquisite Corpse.

Percussion Department Associate Professor Nancy Zeltsman directed the first Princeton Marimba Festival at Princeton University in New Jersey in July. Zeltsman invited fellow faculty members Professor David Friedman and Instructor Nanae Mimura, to participate.

Associate Professor of Music Synthesis Michael Bierylo, is the guitarist, composer and synthesist for the group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. The group marked its 20th anniversary in May with the release of the CD Petrophonics and a retrospective concert at the Somerville Theater. Featured in the concert were band member and saxophonist Ken Field '80 and special guest, MP&E Department Professor Bill Scheniman as narrator. Visit www.birdsongsofthemesozoic.org/birdsongs/ for more information.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita produced an instructional video series that includes his own guitar video and videos by Berklee faculty members Larry Finn (drums), Anthony Vitti (bass), and Dave Limina (keyboards). It is the bestselling video series in Japan. Hal Leonard Corporation has issued an English-language version of all four videos titled Accelerate Your Guitar Playing, Accelerate Your Bass Playing, etc. Fujita endorses D'Addario Strings, Combat and Ryo Guitars, as well as Pickboy guitar picks.

The Funky Faculty, a group led by former faculty member Al Kooper, featuring Professor Bob Doezma (guitar), Associate Professors Tom Stein (bass), Daryl Lowery (sax and flute), Larry Finn (drums), and Jeff Stout (trumpet), were headliners at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway in July. The band also played dates in Boston, New York, and Detroit.

General Education Department Associate Professor Winchinchala von der Vogelweide was profiled in the Spring/Summer 2001 issue of The Columbia Owl, the alumni magazine of the School of General Studies of Columbia University.

Saxophonist and Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Dan Moretti released a new CD titled The Psychic Horns. The disc features Assistant Professor Bruce Bartlett (guitar), John Allmar (trumpet), John Wheeler (trombone), Bill Miele (bass), Bob Bowlby (saxophone), and Vinny Pagano and Marty Richards (drums). For more info, see www.danmoretti.com.

Violinist and String Department Chair Matt Glaser and his group the Wayfaring Strangers released Shifting Sands of Time on Rounder Records. Guest artists include violinists John Blake, Darol Anger, vocalist Ralph Stanley, and faculty members Eugene Friesen, Laszlo Gardony, Jamey Haddad, and John Repucci. It blends jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, klezmer, and other styles.