The August 30 convocation welcomed this semester’s entering students, including addresses from alumnus and keynote speaker James Morales ’06, student Ryfer Cohen, and staff Betsy Newman, Jay Kennedy, Larry Simpson and Roger H. Brown.
In early August, with his single “See You Again” from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack still perched near the top of the Hot 100 (where it spent 12 weeks at number one), singer/songwriter Charlie Puth ‘13 returned to campus to talk to students enrolled the summer program.
Casey Driessen ’00 has been named as the director of the master’s degree program in contemporary performance with production concentration at the Valencia campus. Driessen has gained renown playing five-string fiddle on tours by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Tim O’Brien, and Darrell Scott.
Watching assistant professor Vessela Stoyanova ’00 perform live with her band Bury Me Standing, one realizes that she is probably the only faculty member whose style blends elements of traditional Balkan vocal music, punk, and odd meters. Oh, and she plays it all on a MIDI-controlled marimba...
Berkleemusic facilitator Peter Bell and his former student Ben Laurenroth wrote and produced a jingle that won an Angieslist jingle contest.
Professor Mark Rossi penned the article “The Influence of Indian Music on Jazz” for the magazine of the Singapore Fine Arts Society for their Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, 2015.
Film composer Andrew Simon McAllister creates music in a range of styles for dramatic features, documentaries, and video games, including Shooting for Socrates, the Planet of the Apemen miniseries, the BBC World War I drama 37 Days, and MTV’s My Super Sweet 16.
JooWan Kim and the Ensemble Mik Nawooj received a Google AdWords Grant, giving the band a monthly stipend to share its music. In October, the band will be in residency at Zoo Labs, where they will record their second album. Visit ensemblemiknawooj.com.
Gregorio Uribe of Brooklyn, NY, and the Gregorio Uribe Big Band released the album Cumbia Universal. The group performed in October at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Visit gregoriouribebigband.com.