Faculty Notes

Associate professor Ben Sher gave a masterclass on fretboard harmony in July at Berklee’s Valencia Campus for master’s degree program guitar students.

Assistant professor Vadim Neselovskyi and his Agricultural Dreams Trio recorded a new CD featuring Gary Burton. Neselovskyi appears on another album with Arkady Shilkloper, and completed a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Visit seriousmusicmedia.com.

Associate professor Andy Eldelstein’s Rapid Eye Studio in Belmont, MA, was included in Mix magazine’s article “Acoustic Design for 18 of this Year’s Coolest New Studios.”

Mike Tucker
Mike Tucker

Assistant professor Mike Tucker performed with Arturo Sandoval’s quintet in July at the Newport Jazz Festival. Visit tuckerjazz.com.

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.

Berkleemusic facilitator Peter Bell and his former student Ben Laurenroth wrote and produced a jingle that won an Angieslist jingle contest.

Associate professor Darol Anger and instructor Joe K. Walsh released a CD on Compass Records titled The People Need Light. Their band Mr Sun includes Grant Gordy (acoustic guitar) and Ethan Jodziewicz (bass).

Assistant professor Peter Bufano penned music for the documentary Humor Abuse, the Big Apple Circus, and Vegas Nocturne (produced by Spiegelworld). Bufano also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and played accordion and wrote music for the 2015 International Contemporary Circus Festival in Chicago. Visit peterbufano.com.

Rebecca Perricone
Rebecca Perricone

Associate professor Rebecca Perricone released the CD What a Woman Knows featuring Daniel Ian Smith, Yoron Israel, Barry Smith, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Claudio Raguzzi, Marty Walsh, and Ralph Rosen. Former songwriting chair Jack Perricone arranged and coproduced the music.

Voice professor Mili Bermejo and her husband, bassist Dan Greenspan, are artists-in-residence at the Lilypad club in Cambridge, MA. They will produce four concerts. Visit milibermejo.com.

Percussion instructor Thomas Schmidt was a featured performer and lecturer at professor Alex Kalogeras’s festival École de Naxos on the Cycladic island of Naxos, Greece.

Assistant professor Ana Gulgui was part of the faculty team chosen for the Guilford Recording residency via Berklee’s faculty development program. They will record a musical version of Alice In Wonderland, composed and adapted by Rene Pfister.

Professor Dave Howard spent the summer in Italy performing at festivals and teaching.

Professor Laszlo Gardony and his sextet played at the Bar Harbor and Cambridge jazz festivals in the summer and at Birdland in New York City in September. His latest CD, Life In Real Time, was named an editor’s pick in Downbeat magazine. Visit lgjazz.com.

Professor Barbara LaFitte traveled La Roche Guyon, France, to attend “Oboman” Jean Luc Fillon’s Oboe Improvisation Academie.

Liberal arts professor Michael Heyman was a guest editor and contributor for the special nonsense literature issue of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.

Assistant professor Annette Philip completed two tours with award-winning Indian composer, A.R. Rahman, including an 18-city tour of North America, and a sold-out concert at the O2 Arena in London. Earlier this year, she completed a 16-city tour in Japan and China with the a cappella ensemble Women of the World. That group has released a new album titled Makana.

Professor Kathleen Howland filmed a TEDx talk in Valencia about music therapy. She also began a research project at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital with people affected by aphasia (speech/language disorder) using music-based interventions. Visit kathleenhowland.com.

Associate professor Janie Barnett has coproduced a new recording for singer-songwriter Teri Scheinzeit titled Choosing Happy. Barnett also composed and recorded music commissioned by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peggy Stern and is working on two new releases of Americana and public domain songs.

Associate professor Tim Ray was a featured artist at the recent Brandeis University Improvisation Festival. Ray also appeared on the new recordings Imaginario (John Finbury), Motif (The Phil Woods / Greg Abate Quintet), and Scott Hamilton Plays Jules Styne.

Last summer, professor Wendy Rolfe performed at the National Flute Convention in Washington, DC, and at the International Flute Festival in Quito, Ecuador. She also played with the Handel and Haydn Society and the Cape Symphony. Visit wendyrolfe.com.

Professor Kathryn Wright presented a master class at the annual Classical Singers magazine convention and attended the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theater Summer Institute as an apprentice stage director.

Associate professor Janice Pendarvis facilitated a master class at the Apollo Theater in New York City with assistant professor Alonzo Harris. In addition to many TV appearances, Pendarvis appears in the Grammy-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

Professor Peter Cokkinias directs Berklee’s Musical Theater Orchestra, which performed five classic Broadway shows last summer. Cokkinias recently played with the touring companies of Kinky Boots, Beautiful, Cinderella, and Motown: The Musical.

Associate professor John Whynot recorded and mixed the score to the F/X series Tyrant for composers Mychael and Jeff Danna. The score was nominated for two Emmy awards.

David Gilmore
David Gilmore

In October, associate professor David Gilmore will release Energies of Change, his fourth recording as a leader, featuring Marcus Strickland, Luis Perdomo, Ben Williams, and Antonio Sanchez.

Professor Ken Zambello, who has taught history of rock classes since 1990, was interviewed by Perry Eaton, culture writer for Boston.com, about Janis Joplin’s final performance at Harvard Stadium in 1970.

Professor Nancy Zeltsman directed the 13th Zeltsman Marimba Festival at Rutgers University. Recognized as a premiere annual marimba event, it educates performers and highlights marimba repertoire.

Liberal arts professor Bill Banfield published the book Ethnomusicologizing: Essays on Music in the New Paradigms.

Professor Bruce Gertz’s quintet featuring Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier, Gilson Schachnik, and Luther Gray, is featured on Gertz’s new album Eepin and Beepin. Gertz also on played Steve Hunt’s recording Sphere of Influence.

Professor George Garzone recorded the album Crescent, featuring Esperanza Spalding ’05 and Leo Genovese ’04.

Professor Marti Epstein had her composition Virga premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland, by the harp-percussion group Duo Harpverk. In November, her piece Hypnagogia will be performed by the Ludovico Ensemble at Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall to celebrate the release of Epstein’s first CD of her music, also titled Hypnagogia.

Professor Hal Crook recently performed with the Leo Genovese quintet at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Crook is planning to release an album of his pop-jazz songs sung by Deb Pierre ’13 in November.

Professor Bruno Råberg released the album Hot Box, featuring Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Allan Chase on saxophones, and Austin McMahon on drums. Visit brunoraberg.com.