Faculty Notes

Associate Professor Amanda Monaco performed with her quartet at the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the 2018 Iowa City Jazz Festival.

Associate professor Ben Houge went to San Sebastián, Spain, to collaborate with chef Andoni Luis Aduriz on a special musical dish served on a smart plate with embedded sensors and speakers to alter the music when diners touched the food.

Professor Craig Hlady released the CD Twisted, featuring nine original compositions. It features professor Oscar Stagnaro, associate professor Ricardo Monzon, David Ramsay, and Alan Hall.

Professor Barbara LaFitte played woodwinds for a three-week run of Disney’s Aladdin at the Boston Opera House. She also played with the Boston Pops Orchestra for the July 4 fireworks spectacular and for the Tanglewood performance of Tommy with Roger Daltrey.

Professor Jason Palmer taught at five summer camps, including those at Banff and Newport. His quintet joined the Celebrity Series of Boston’s Neighborhood Arts roster and headlined the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Assistant professor Peter Bell and David Mash ’76 formed a production partnership. Recent projects include the Mashine Music album Chapters, as well as projects for Libby Johnson ’18 and James Nifong ’22.

This fall, assistant professor Matt Jenson is touring throughout Europe with the renowned reggae band Groundation.

Assistant professor Alonzo Harris served as the musical director and arranger for r&b singer H.E.R.’s BET awards performance and for her tour as an opening act for Chris Brown. Harris also toured with Teyana Taylor.

Associate professor James Donahue built a Dolby Atmos mixing room over the summer. An album of Baroque music that he mixed for cellist Phoebe Carrai was released in September.

Professor Laszlo Gardony is a featured soloist on the album Our Story by New York–based flutist and composer, Christian Artmann. ShapeShifter Lab filmed a solo piano performance by Gardony and posted it on YouTube. (photo, credit Chris Drukker)

In July, chair of the Music Education Department Cecil Adderley, Debbie Lynn Wolf (Cairn University), and Karlin G. Love (University of Queensland, Australia), gave a presentation in Baku, Azerbaijan, comparing music teacher motivation and satisfaction in Australia and America.

Conservatory assistant professor Bryn Austin appeared in Love and Information with Apron Theater Company at Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT.

Professor Lauren Passarelli released the album Midnight Sun and her Guitar Insights series of e-books was released in paperback. College magazine named Passarelli one of the country’s 10 most inspiring woman music professors in 2017.

Associate professor Ana Guigui played keyboards, coproduced, and sang the duet “Abro Mi Ventana” (“Open Up My Window”) with Christopher Cross on his EP that will be released this fall. (photo)

Conservatory professor Rhonda Rider recently taught and played cello at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Harvard Chamber Music Festival, the Cello Seminar, and with the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong.

In August, assistant professor Rebecca Shrimpton was the headlining vocalist and clinician at FIJAZZ: Costa Rica. Assistant professor Lihi Haruvi also made an appearance. (photo)

Andrea Pejrolo, chair of Contemporary Writing and Production, gave four days of master classes on music production, digital orchestration, and scoring in advertising at Italy’s prestigious Conservatorio di Musica Pescara in July.

Professors Jeannie Gagné and Prince Charles Alexander traveled to Kenya with Global Youth Groove in June to teach and perform.

The book Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism by professor Victor Wallis was recently published by Political Animal Press.

In March, assistant professor Amy Bellamy and her husband Aaron Bellamy released their second studio album, Say Goodbye, which reflects the influences of Afro beat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

Professor Tom Stein traveled to Serbia for the second time as a Fulbright Specialist. He worked with universities, non-governmental organizations, cultural organizations, industry, and government to promote music as a tool for public diplomacy and economic development for the Balkan region.

Professor John Funkhouser and associate professor Jerry Leake perform as the duo Piandia playing North Indian (Hindustani) classical music on piano and tabla. They performed at Berklee on September 11.

Factor Fiction by professor Beth Denisch was premiered by the Calyx Piano Trio at the Cathy French & Friends Concert in Lenox, MA, on July 17 with Jennifer Lucht (cello) and Nina Ferrigno (piano).

Conservatory associate professor David R. Gammons will direct Nick Dear’s stage adaptation of Frankenstein at the Central Square Theatre. The production runs October 4–November 4, 2018.

Associate professor Mark Polanzak won the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize for his collection of stories titled The OK End of Funny Town. His work will be published at boaeditions.org in 2020.

Conservatory assistant professor C. Robin Marcotte created and performed his physical theater show Shadows at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, NH, in August.

In August professor Neil Leonard created a quadraphonic sound installation made in response to Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific fog sculpture for Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins. The sound can be heard weekends at sunset.

Associate professor Henrique De Almeida published a drum book entitled The Ultimate Hand Technique Workshop.

Assistant professor and bassist Susan Hagen taught at the Rochester Bass Retreat in August where she also gave the American premiere of David Heyes’s piece for solo double bass “Seven Last Words.”

On October 25, associate professor Duane Moody will sing the role of Nat Turner in the musical, Brother Nat, at Emerson College’s Paramount Center. The production chronicles the slave rebellion led by Turner in 1861. (photo)

Associate professor Brian McGinnis received a Faculty Development Fellowship and a Faculty Development Travel Grant to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, to study Gaga Dance Technique with the Batsheva Dance Company.

In the summer, professor Peter Cokkinias and Ana Guigui produced “Theater at Noon” with 50 Berklee student musicians and sound engineers. Cokkinias also played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in a concert marking the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

Professor Francine Trester heard her song cycle “An Oman Odyssey” premiered in Lincoln Center at the Bruno Walter Auditorium. The work was commissioned by Mirror Visions Ensemble and was later performed at the Louvre in Paris.

Assistant professor Geneviève Leclair will make her U.K. debut in the fall with the Northern Ballet in Leeds for the company’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. (photo)

In June, Conservatory associate professor Maggy Gorrill taught a second-grade movement residency at the Hood Elementary School in Lynn, MA, with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

In September, Conservatory associate professor Nathan Troup directed the New York premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Proving Up presented by Miller Theater at Columbia University, and featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble.

In August, professor Oscar Stagnaro gave a series of master classes in Peru. He presented his program Bass en Vivo and performed with a big band in Lima, Arequipa, and Trujillo.

Assistant professor Chrissy Tignor helped build a recording facility at El Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She also created curriculum for the school’s recording department.

Conservatory associate professor Joy Davis received the Bessie Schonberg Boston Choreography Residency at the Yard on Martha’s Vineyard with collaborator Alex Davis. The Davis Sisters premiered their dance theater work Junk Drawer in September.

In the summer, the Conservatory’s head of the piano department Max Levinson performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Borromeo Music Festival (Switzerland), MusicFest Perugia (Italy), and San Juan Chamber Music Festival (Colorado).

In October, professor Kris Adams will release the CD We Should Have Danced featuring music by Steve Prosser and her lyrics. Tim Ray, Paul Del Nero, and Fernando Brandão played on the album.

In September, summer programs instructor Gabriela Martina performed at Club Bonafide in New York City debuting material from her album Hommage to Grämlis.

Associate professor Libby Allison conducted a workshop and professional development sessions with music educators from Mexico, Venezuela, and Columbia at Novo Tempo music school in Guadalajara, Mexico, in June.

Pianist and associate professor Francesca Tanksley appeared on London Live with the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet. It was recorded at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club. Visit jeffsiegeljazz.com.

Conservatory professor Mary Wolff attended a workshop with dance artists Itsván Kiss and Erika Kiss Demeter studying improvisational couple dance forms from the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania and the Hungarian Mezőföld region.

Professor Deborah J. Bennett placed a story in the NPR podcast Only a Game, in which she considers how gender affected her path as an athlete.

Assistant professor Nicholas Urie wrote arrangements of music by Ludovico Einaudi for the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam and arranged a tribute to the Beatles for the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Professor Bruno Råberg released Tailwind, his 11th recording as a leader, on Red Piano Records. Raberg’s trio includes pianist Bruce Barth and drummer Adam Cruz. Visit www.brunoraberg.com.

Conservatory assistant professor Larry Sousa directed two original musicals for the international entertainment company Creativiva. The shows were rehearsed in Toronto and are currently running in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos.

Since January, assistant professor and pianist Kevin Harris has performed and given clinics in China, South Korea, Panama, Israel, Peru, Italy, and Poland.

Professor Mark Walker recorded with members of the band Chicago for a new album by French singer Jj Chardeau. He also completed a CD with Japanese guitarist Akio Sasajima and will tour Japan with Sasajima and the Randy Brecker Quartet in September.

Vidimus Stellam, a cantata for choir and brass quintet by professor Kevin Siegfried, was published by E. C. Schirmer.

Assistant professor Orlando Cela performed in a silent opera with performance artist Li-E Chen at the Place in London, England, August 16 through 18.

In June, professor John Baboian played “West Side Story in Concert” with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In August, he taught for a week at the Halewyn Jazz Camp in Brussels, Belgium.

Associate professor Nando Michelin released the album Engenheiros, which features Ebinho Cardoso, Tiago Michelin ’15, Rogério Boccato, Tucker Antell, and assistant professor Yulia Musayelyan.

In the summer, Conservatory assistant professor Paul D’Agostino taught voice and speech for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Apprentice Company, Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, and Boston Conservatory graduate students.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee assistant professor and trombonist Marshall Gilkes released the album Always Forward with Germany’s WDR Big Band.

Professor Bill Banfield had a series of premieres of his symphonic works and his string quartet in Detroit, Minneapolis, Cape Cod, and Arlington, MA. He also published the novel Cedric’s Truth.

Summer programs instructor Hendrik Meurkens released the album Cabin in the Sky with pianist Bill Cunliffe and recorded an organ album with Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, and Jimmy Cobb, which will be released next spring.

In the summer, associate professor Cindy Scott performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New York City’s Birdland, and in Kansas City, Vancouver, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Portland.

On October 12, professor Darrell Katz will release Rats Live on No Evil Star with the 20-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. The album is the 10th recording released by JCA.