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Faculty Notes

Assistant Professor of Piano Suzanne Davis
 

Associate Professor Jeff Dorenfeld moderated two sessions at April's 2003 Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Conference at Loyola University in New Orleans. Dorenfeld did a session on tour administration and management with Berklee graduate John Czajkowski '98, who did advance work and production accounting for the Bruce Springsteen tour.

Assistant Professor, electric bassist, vocalist, and steel pan player Ron Reid released a CD of Trinidad-and-Tobago-influenced jazz titled Reid, Wright and Be Happy. The disc features pianist Orville Wright and bassist David Happy Williams and was engineered by Associate Professor Bob Patton.

Professor Garrison Fewell and his quartet released a new CD titled Red Door Number 11. Voice Assistant Chair Bob Stoloff published the book Blues Scatitudes and will present workshops based on the text at the upcoming IAJE and American Choral Directors Association conferences.

Assistant Professor and bassist John Funkhouser performed with 11-year-old autistic pianist Matt Savage on NBC's Today show in June and will appear at New York's Blue Note jazz club on November 3, and in Vienna, Austria, on November 21. Percussion Department Assistant Chair Yoron Israel's group Organic released its second CD, Basic Traneing, a tribute to John Coltrane. This past summer, Israel played concerts and presented a workshop in North Carolina.

Assistant Professor and composer/guitarist Apostolos Paraskevas had one of his works premiered at the Patras Conservatory in Greece and his third guitar concerto, Lament, performed at the Bridgehampton Music Festival. In August he served as an organizer for the International Guitar Congress Festival of Corfu, Greece.

Assistant Professor and guitarist John Stein has a cut on the two-CD set In Celebration of Life, a benefit project for the American-Italian Cancer Foundation, which provides funds for cancer research and free mammograms to women in the New York City area.

Assistant Professor of Piano Suzanne Davis released a CD of original compositions and jazz standards titled Hymn to Freedom, featuring Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Joe Hunt (drums), and Masa Kamaguchi (bass). Davis composed the score for the animated short film Transition Waltz, which won first prize at the San Francisco Film Festival. See the film at www.suzjazz.com.

Professor Laszlo Gardony has released the live CD Ever Before, Ever After. He performed at the Equinox Music Festival's Keys of the City series at Boston's Strand Theatre with a trio featuring faculty members Yoron Israel (drums) and John Lockwood (bass); the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival, and at the Berkshire Jazz Festival with the Steven Kirby Quintet, and New York's Bottom Line with String Chair Matt Glaser and the group Wayfaring Strangers.

Professor Wayne Wadhams is writing a comprehensive history of rock and popular music from 1950 to the present for publisher W.W. Norton with Associate Professor Mirek Kocandrle. The CD Bach: Four Concerti, Transcribed, reissued on Wadhams's Boston Skyline Records label, was named one of the 10 best CDs of 2002 by the audio journal The Sensible Sound.

Associate Professor Bill Winn spent five weeks this summer as tour manager and sound engineer for the Herbie Hancock Quartet at jazz festivals throughout Europe.

Assistant Professor Janet Kenney was awarded a 10-day summer writing residency in New Hampshire by the Tanne Foundation. Kenney's plays were performed at the Brave New Works Festival in Atlanta, the Sirens 3 Festival in New York City, and the Fourth Annual Boston Theater Marathon.

Assistant Professor and guitarist Thaddeus Hogarth released the CD It Might as Well Be Now, which features a collaboration with Grammy nominee Sister Carol. In addition to 10 audio tracks, the CD also contains three Quicktime music videos. Visit www.thaddeushogarth.com.

In August, Professor Joe Coroniti participated in the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. In May, he gave readings of his work and conducted seminars on literature at the University of Padua in Italy.

Associate Professor Walter Beasley released his seventh CD, Go with the Flow. Beasley, one of the top-ten-selling saxophonists worldwide, also released a DVD titled Walter Beasley Live at Scullers and the book Performance Insight for Musicians. Visit www.walterbeasley.com.

Instructor Jeff Perry produced and engineered his second CD, Foundation, in June, featuring six of his jazz-rock compositions. The disc features Perry playing trumpet and flugelhorn with guitarist Steve Fekete '96, bassist Jennifer Oberle '02, and drummer Gregg Brennan '02. The project was mastered by Director of Scholarships Damien Bracken, and Associate Vice President for Operations Tom Riley wrote the liner notes.

Assistant Professor of Piano Suzanne Davis
 

Associate Professor of voice Gabrielle Goodman released a new CD, Angel Eyes, on October 14. It contains a duet with Associate Professor Armsted Christian and a track featuring Walter Beasley. On October 27, Goodman and Christian will perform at the Berklee Performance Center in a concert featuring faculty members and students performing songs by Goodman and Christian that have been recorded by such artists as Will Downing, Chaka Khan, and Najee. Visit gabriellegoodmansings.com.

Associate Professor Jennifer Elowsky-Fox and Professor Wendy Rolfe received a Faculty Initiatives Project Grant for their Therapeutic Outreach Performances, a program enabling music therapy majors Erin Patterson and Tracey Rosen to organize performances by more than a dozen students at several Music Therapy Internship sites.

Wendy Rolfe also conducted research on Brazilian flute music in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, and gave master classes in both cities. Additionally, she performed in Massachusetts at the Buzzards Bay Musicfest and the Swing Pops Concert in Marion and directed the Marion FluteFest.

Associate Professor Michael Bierylo's group, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, released a new CD, The Iridium Controversy, in September, coinciding with a concert at the Kennedy Center for the performing Arts in Washington, DC. The CD features Bierylo as guitarist, composer, and sound designer. Visit www.birdsongsofthemesozoic.org.

Assistant Professor Barry Marshall produced and Assistant Professor Bill Crabtree engineered a song by Kara Tondorf for an episode of Dawson's Creek. This summer, Marshall toured Puerto Rico and Guatemala playing drums for Patricia Elena Vlieg '99 and Luis Santiago '03.

Drum Instructor David Cowan and his five-piece metal and funk band Esoteriqua perform in the Boston area. Visit www.esoteriqaband.com.

Thirteen Berklee composers, Associate Professor John Baboian, Assistant Professor Sheryl Bailey, Professor Ken Cervenka, Assistant Beth Denisch, Associate Professor Tamar Diesendruck, Professor Scott Free, Composition Chair Greg Fritze, Professor Bruce Gertz, Assistant Professor Jonathan Holland, Associate Professor Neil Leonard, Professor Arthur Welwood, Professor Julius Williams, and Assistant VP for Academic Affairs Jay Kennedy received ASCAP Awards for 2003–2004.