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Faculty Notes

 
  David Maxwell

Associate Professor Alla Elana Cohen won a prize for excellence in composition from the Greek National Academy of Music in conjunction with municipal conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies, Greece. In 2010, Cohen released the CDs The Day of Atonement, The Road That Chooses Us, and Jupiter Duo, featuring her works for chamber orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and pieces for solo instruments.

Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Richard Grudzinski engineered Si Kahn's version of "Dump the Bosses off Your Back" for the CD Singing through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips.

Professor of Guitar Lauren Passarelli recently released her fourth CD, Playing with the Pieces, on Feather Records. She also recorded and mixed music by classical guitarist Louis Arnold for Pamela Ressler's CD Opening the Door to Meditation and produced the CD Honestly by singer/songwriter Nancy Beaudette.

Associate Professor of Film Scoring Jon Klein's composition, "Hear O Israel, a Sabbath Service in Jazz", has been released as part of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. It is available as a digital download at: http://www.milkenarchive.org/works/view/643. Originally composed in 1965, this release consists primarily of a recording from 1992, with some excerpts from a 1967 version of the same work. The performers on the 1992 session were all Berklee faculty, students, or alumni. The instrumentalists are Herb Pomeroy, Marc Pinto, Greg Badolato, Tony Lada, Michael Rendish, Dave Clark, and Bob Stoloff. The vocalists are Kira Small, April Arabian, Gates Thomas, and Dennis Williams. The recording engineer is Jim Anderson. The four excerpts from the 1967 recording, consisting of three trio improvisations and one piano solo, are edited into the corresponding pieces in the 1992 version. The 1967 trio is made up of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita released his new book Soulful Groove on the Japan-based Rittor Music publishers. After its release, the book sold 6,000 units a day.

The piece "Lunar Images" for clarinet, piano, and narrator by Composition Professor Dennis LeClaire premiered at Del Mar College in Texas in November 2010. Professor Thomas McGah performed "Four Durrell Reflections" for clarinet and piano at the Del Mar College concert as well.

Professor of Piano David Maxwell received the 2010 Blues Music Award (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Award) in the Acoustic Album of the Year category for You Got to Move. Recently he also performed at Lincoln Center in New York City for the Blues Summit and accompanied James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Taj Mahal, and Hubert Sumlin.

Fred Bouchard, an associate professor of liberal arts, reviewed the 46th JazzFest Berlin in Germany for the All about Jazz website.

Associate Professor of Music Business/Management Pamela Kerensky completed an MBA at the University of Maryland in December.

Music Business/Management Department Chair Don Gorder, gave a master class on the music business and, in November, moderated a music-industry panel discussion at the Seoul Jazz Academy in Korea.

Songwriting Associate Professor Brad Hatfield cowrote "Bring Them Home" and orchestrated the song for the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. In December the song received 30 performances.

Composition Marti Epstein received a glowing review of her piece "Torrid Nature Scene 2" in the November 16, 2010, edition of the Boston Globe.

Associate Professor of Guitar Scotty Johnson performed on the German television show Rockpalast with the Blindside Blues Band. Along with guitarist Steve Vai, Johnson coauthored an online class that is offered on Berkleemusic.com.

 
Winnie Dahlgren  

Associate Professor of Harmony Winnie Dahlgren released her CD Till We Meet Again in September.

Professor of Piano Marc Rossi performed duets with noted pianist Lewis Porter at the Philoctetes Center in New York in December.

Piano Professor Laszlo Gardony and his trio played at the Regattabar Jazz Club in Cambridge. Two Berklee Global Jazz Institute groups opened the show with performances of Gardony's original compositions.

Professor of Strings John McGann played in an all-star concert in Fairfield, CT, in November to honor National Heritage Fellowship winner Joe Derrane. McGann and Derrane recorded the CD Grove Lane for Compass Records.

The song "Love in Your Life" by Assistant Professor of Songwriting Stan Swiniarski was recently released as a single to country radio stations.

Sergio Bellotti, an assistant professor of percussion, has recorded a CD with Italian hip-hop artist Pula+.

Berklee Press released the book and CD package Manage Your Stress and Pain through Music, which is cowritten by Music Therapy Chair Suzanne B. Hanser and Dr. Susan E. Mandel.

Assistant Professor of Voice Daniela Schachter performed with vocalist Kevin Mahogany and his quintet at the Kennedy Center in October.

 
  Bruce Gertz

Professor of Bass Bruce Gertz recently released the CD Thank You Charlie, which is dedicated to the late jazz educator Charlie Banacos. It features George Garzone, Phil Grenadier, Rick DiMuzio, Paul Broadnax, and Bob Gullotti. An image of Gertz appears in the International Society of Bassists' 2011 portrait calendar for the month of June.

Associate Professor of Guitar Richie Hart released his latest CD, Thoughts Alone, on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Associate Provost Jay Kennedy arranged music for several marching bands, including groups from the University of Tennessee at Martin, U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and the Nation Ford High School's marching band. The latter will perform Kennedy's music in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

In November, Woodwind Department Professor Wendy Rolfe performed and gave master classes at the Flautas en el Caribe festival sponsored by the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

In December, Professor Livingston Taylor released a holiday radio mix of four songs. His latest CD, Last Alaska Moon, features some of Nashville's top musicians and received great reviews.

Composition Department Chair Gregory Fritze penned the piece "Excursions," which the Spanish Brass and the Bilbao Musica Concert Band premiered in November. A CD of the music will be released in 2011.

Associate Professor of Guitar Jane Miller filmed instructional videos that can be viewed on the JamPlay website (visit www.jamplay.com).

Professor of Percussion Mark Walker is featured on the latest release by the group Oregon and on the Panamericana Suite CD by Paquito D'Rivera.

The English as a Second Language text New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking by Liberal Arts Professor Peter Gardner has been used at universities in 20 countries and is the second best-selling text of the Cambridge University Press Academic Series.

Professor Guy Van Duser received a Gretsch 6120 CGP stereo electric guitar from the Gretsch Company in recognition of his educational work in finger-style guitar playing.

Associate Professor of Harmony Daniel Ian Smith and his group the New World Jazz Composers Octet has received accolades in JazzTimes and DownBeat magazines for the CD Transitions, which was recently released on Smith's Big and Phat Jazz Productions label.

Music Business/Management Professor Peter Alhadeff and alumnus Caz McChrystal coauthored "U.S. Music Mechanicals and Inflation, 1976-2010," the lead article of the January issue of Global Business & Economics Review.

Associate Professor of Harmony Darrell Katz recently performed at the Regattabar Jazz Club to celebrate the release of his CD A Wallflower in the Amazon.

A work by Associate Professor of Composition Jonathan Holland is featured on the recording American Portraits by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with conductor Paavo Järvi.

Percussion Professor Ralph Peterson Jr. released Outer Reaches, his 15th CD as a leader and the first recording issued on his Onyx Music label.

Assistant Professor of Composition Franciso Noya recently conducted the benefit concert "Keys to Music City." featuring Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A portion of the proceeds went to local volunteer firefighting organizations.

Music Education Professor Peter Cokkinias served as the music director and conductor for the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra in December, which performed highlights from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Handel's Messiah, and Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel.