Chris Opperman

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.


Brian O’Connell

Brian O’Connell of Jamaica Plain, MA, debuted his original and satirical social-political rock opera Over the Line at Spontaneous Celebrations in Boston in February.


Peter Kelly

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Peter Kelly of Yonkers, NY, released the EP Forever, Again. Visit


Joey Newman

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.


Ian McHugh

Guitarist Ian McHugh of Newtown, CT, is touring the United States backing Javier Colon, the winner of season one of The Voice.


Sean-David McGoran

Sean-David McGoran of Fort Smith, AR, is writing the book The Tuned-In Musician, focusing on meditation for musicians. Visit


Erik Kutzler

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


Torsten de Winkel

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


Sakae Tauchi

Sakae Tauchi of Tokorozawa City, Japan, is producing acrylic artwork using recycled staff notation paper. He has created CD cover art for 10 titles, including his own albums.


Markku Kietala

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