Faculty Notes

Professor Isaiah Jackson was elected to the board of directors of Mass Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.

Piano instructor Jason Yeager is producing, arranging, and performing on the debut album of Broadway star Julie Benko for release in the spring of 2017.

Associate professor Mimi Rabson has contracted to write the book Arranging for Strings for Hal Leonard Corporation.

Tim Ray released the CD Windows, featuring John Lockwood and Mark Walker.

MP&E associate professor James Donahue worked on two CD collections for the Handel and Haydn Society and was the head media engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Professor Kathleen Howland gave several lectures on music therapy in MA and UT. She launched the project “Music Therapy Tales,” a collection of the clinical stories of music therapists.

Associate professor Janice Pendarvis sang on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in a skit with Will Smith.

Professor Marc Rossi performed on the CD Raga and Rhythm with mridangam virtuoso V.S. Raghavan, and Berklee students Avinash Shukla and Priyant Sundas. Additionally, Rossi has been a voting member of NARAS since 2014.

Assistant professor Tony Carbone’s track “Look Me in the Eye” was covered by Zyan Luxe and is nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Assistant professor Ralph Jaccodine signed professor Livingston Taylor and Eric Anderson to his management company. Visit ralphjaccodine.com.

Professor August Watters presented concerts in Italy with the Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble of Venice.

Assistant professor Michael Figuccio recently completed his Ph.D. in psychology at Boston University.

Professor and saxophonist Dan Moretti recently toured with Nile Rodgers and Chic. He also recorded 10 original songs with Mark Shilansky, Jesse Williams, and Steve Langone.

Bass professor Bruce Gertz released the albums Eepn’ and Beepn’ and A Different Take. He also coauthored the book Berklee Jazz Bass with professor Whit Browne and bass chair emeritus Rich Appleman.

Professor Sheldon Mirowitz scored the Ken Burns film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, which premiered on July 28. He directs the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, and their scores for Varieté and The Last Laugh will accompany the recent rereleases of the films.

Associate professors Jeff Baust and Dave Doms presented several shows at the Green Room in Somerville, performing improvisational electronic music as a duo and with video artist Nick Giarratani.

Assistant professor Clare McLeod completed the Summer Vocology Institute at the University of Utah. She also received her certification as a master teacher through the Estill Voice Training System.

Professor Harry Skoler wrote the dust jacket review for the book An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians.

Associate professor Stephen MacLean of the Electronic Production and Design Department released a CD of solo works titled Ordinary Objects and Other Distractions on the ReR label. Visit rermegacorp.com.

Associate professor Kaye Kelly released an EP of original music called Gone Without a Sound, featuring orchestrations by associate professor Brad Hatfield. Visit www.kayekelly.com.

Professor Felice Pomeranz was a harp clinician and performer for festivals in Brazil, and in GA, NJ, and OK.

Professor Suzanne Clark will host a show on the BIRN radio station that showcases covers and original songs by the students in her Beatles classes.

Professor Apostolos Paraskevas received performances of his music by the Athens Symphony Orchestra and the Bratislava Guitar Quartet.

Associate professor Doug Johnson gave presentations on hand function and core stability at the Performing Arts Medicine Association National Symposium and other presentations in Scotland and Brazil.

Professor Mili Bermejo released a new voice and bass recording with bassist Dan Greenspan titled Arte del Duo. Visit www.artedelduo.com.

Professor David Fiuczynski released the CD Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam! featuring compositions based on birdsongs. Visit youtu.be/5iYvTjIbTTY.

Associate professor Melissa Ferrick signed a worldwide music publishing deal with Raleigh Music Publishing.

Professor Mark White penned Jazz Guitar Fretboard Navigation-from Bach to Bebop with music by Bach and originals arranged for guitar ensemble.

In July, Associate professor George Howard provided commentary to New England Cable News about the Led Zeppelin copyright suit and the Trump campaign’s use of Queen’s music.

Assistant chair of the Liberal Arts Department Mike Mason contributed the article “Mentoring and Socialization of Future Senior Student Affairs Officers” to the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.

Assistant professor Orlando Cela conducted North Carolina Governor’s School Orchestra in premieres of orchestral works by Anna Clyne, Matti Kovler, and Yoko Nakatani.

Assistant professor and tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker performed with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s quintet at the Cabot Street Theatre in Beverly MA.

Professor Scott deOgburn completed his sixth year as the academic director for Umbria Jazz Clinics.

Associate professor Joe Carrier received the Ted Pease Excellence in Teaching Award from the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division.

In June, professor Peter Alhadeff, as a board member of MEIEA, participated in meetings in London with educators, music executives, and others promoting the value of recorded music.

Professor Maggie Scott was profiled in the April issue of the journal International Musician.

In September, professor Joanne Brackeen gave performances in New York and Boston of her jazz compositions “19 Sabbatical Originals.”

Associate professor Daniel Ian Smith, the organizer of last summer’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival, performed at the event. He is also featured the CD A la Palladium: The Music of Dizzy Gillespie in Latin by arranger Raul Gutierrez.

Assistant professor Daniela Schächter explored the songs of Jimmy Van Heusen on the CD Vanheusenism backed by Mark Walker and Mike Tucker.

Professor Sheila Katz penned Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. Visit utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/katz-connecting-with-the-enemy for discounted pre-orders.

Associate professor Tomo Fujita will present his Solo Guitar & Talk Show in Tokyo, Japan in October.

The work “Vadit Super Pozolum” by Greg Fritze was played by the winning band in the Valencia International Band Contest in Valencia, Spain.

Assistant professor Bertram Lehmann recorded drums and percussion for the album Resolution by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol ’97.

Ensemble Department chair Ron Savage is the cofounder of the Cambridge Jazz Festival and was among the event’s performers on July 31. He is also the artistic director for the North Point Nights summer music series.

Professor Neil Leonard worked as a Fulbright Specialist awardee at Sweden’s Gothenburg University during May and June. He also did a fellowship at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL.

Assistant professor Alonzo Harris served as keyboardist, arranger, and musical director for the chart-topping inspirational album Jericho: Tribe of Joshua by Livrè .

Assistant professor Jeffrey Williams composes and produces music for the online animated series RWBY. In May, the RWBY Volume 3 soundtrack reached the top position on iTunes charts.

Associate professor Ron Reid released the CD Precious Metals at a concert in Trinidad featuring Daniel Ian Smith, Sean Skeete, and Gilson Schachnik. In May, Reid became a distinguished member of the Trinity College Hall of Fame in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Instructor Utar Artun and vocalist Nazan Nihal recorded their second album under the group name Neotolia.

Assistant professor and saxophonist Dino Govoni and the group AGNZ released the album Chance Meeting, featuring Jay Azzolina ’79 (guitar), Dave Zinno ’80 (bass), and Adam Nussbaum (drums).

Mandolin instructor Joe K. Walsh released the EP Haas, Marshall, Walsh with fiddler Brittany Haas and guitarist Owen Marshall.