In April the Berklee Symphonic Winds premiered the piece “Kagemusha” by Chris Opperman of Clifton, NJ. He is also completing the EP Studio House, featuring original material, plus cov- ers of songs by Frank Zappa and Carla Bley.
Film composer Joey Newman of Santa Monica, CA, released the soundtrack to the 9/11 film The Space Between, which aired on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. He also wrote the score for Any Day Now, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Bassist Erik Kutzler of Richmond, VA, played on the new album by Andy Vaughan and the Driveline, Searching for the Song. This summer the band will tour the East Coast and the Midwest. Visit www.andyvaughanmusic.com.
Guitarist Torsten de Winkel of NeuIsenburg, Germany, is the director of Bimbache openART, a global initiative that hosts an annual music festival in the Canary Islands. UNESCO has hailed the effort’s artistic cooperation among world cultures. De Winkel is also a member of bassist Hellmut Hattler’s German jazz-electronica ensemble. Visit www.bimbache.info.
Singer/songwriter Markku Kietala of Helsinki, Finland, played all instruments for and engineered the recording The Poet, The Bard, The Pagan for his solo project South of the Rubicon. Visit www.sorubicon.com.