Class of 1952
Silvio Palmieri of Montreal, Quebec, and the Molinari Quartet are producing the sixth International Competition for Composition, which willl be judged in May. Visit quatuormolinari.qc.ca/en.
Class of 1971
Gabe Hizer of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is working on musical projects with Ken Basman ’81 and Richard Shlosser ’69. Visit gabehizer.com.
Class of 1973
Ricky Hana of Honolulu, HI, had his album Pau Hana on the Top 10 Google Play Hawaii chart for more than 58 weeks. His music has appeared on television on Lifetime and Showtime programs. Visit rickyhana.com.
Class of 1974
Organist Jon Hammond of San Francisco, CA, played in Taiwan and Germany and at the 2015 NAMM show. Last year Hammond won the Believe in Music Award at NAMM. Visit jonhammondband.com.
Alan Palanker of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, released the Jazz Holdouts album Intuition, featuring Douglas Cooper Getschal ’75, John “JR” Robinson ’75, Michael Thompson ’75, and Jamie Glaser ’77. Visit jazzholdouts.com.
Class of 1975
David Kowal of Los Angeles, CA, composed music for Refreshing Mixes by The Jazz Smoothies, featuring Jimmy Earl ’76, Scott Breadman ’75, Peter Gordon ’78, Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Bartlett ’75, Bob Patton, Ray Frisby ’79, and Adrian Peritore ’73. Visit davidkowal.com.
Class of 1976
Richard Gavin of Chicopee, MA, retired from teaching music in the Springfield, MA, public schools in September 2014. He currently plays with the band Premier Swing.
Frank Kohl of Bothell, WA, released the CD Invisible Man. Visit frankkohl.com.
Jerry Velona of Arlington, MA, released his album Love Radio, featuring Dave Limina, Anthony Vitti, Kevin Belz, Bertram Lehman, Gordon Beadle ’87, and Debbie Pierre.
Class of 1977
Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, premiered the Morchestra at Birdland Jazzista in Oakland, CA, featuring Alan Hall and Laura Klein ’77. In April, the group will play at the California Jazz Conservatory with vocalist Ed Reed. Visit tonycorman.com.
Albert Estiamba Jr. of Redondo Beach, CA, released a CD with the Brian Buckley Band in November 2014.
Bill Frisell of Seattle, WA, released the album Guitar in the Space Age!, featuring Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen. Visit billfrisell.com.
Class of 1978
Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, performed at the 2014 Roswell Jazz Festival with Chuck Redd, Ray Vega, Ken Pelowski, and others. Visit kenfield.org.
Michael Leasure of Melbourne, FL, has a website featuring free music benefiting animal rights and rescue. Visit michaelleasure.com.
Guitarist Jimmy McIntosh of Las Vegas, NV, released the album Jimmy McIntosh and…, where he shares the spotlight with fellow guitarists Ronnie Wood, Mike Stern ’75, and John Scofield ’73. Visit jimmymcintosh.com.
Class of 1979
Jonathan R. Lax of Summit, NJ, performed at the Festival of Trumpets Concert at the International Trumpet Guild conference.
Pascoal Meirelles of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released the Latin jazz album 50.
Class of 1980
Bassist Baron Brown of Randolph, MA, has toured with Jean-Luc Ponty and as a member of Steve Smith’s Vital Information group.
David Young of Decatur, GA, published the school counseling book Skits Are a Hoot for Little Toots!, for grades 2 to 4. He is developing a therapeutic card game for students called “Acting Out.”
Wilson Bent of Austin, TX, played bass on the Woot Talley + the Box CD Right Where I Want to Be. The group performed live on Good Day, Austin. Visit woottalley.com.
Class of 1981
Laura Dreyer of New York City released the album Vida. Arte. Amor, recorded in Rio De Janiero, and engineered by Carlos Fuchs. Visit lauradreyer.com.
Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, released Tone Ventures, an album of duets with Roscoe Mitchell. Visit sciensonic.net.
Kenny Selcer of Lexington, MA, is working on a new recording that will include Americana, folk, and folk/rock styles. Visit kennyselcer.com.
Class of 1982
Richard Adams of Nashville, TN, earned a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Memphis, and he lectures at Middle Tennessee State University. Adams released Stories with Jerry and Marlène Tachoir ’76. Visit richardscottadams.com.
Jeanne Ricks of Yonkers, NY, published the book The Biology of Beating Stress: How Changing Your Environment, Your Body, and Your Brain Can Help You Find Balance and Peace.
Class of 1983
Paul Hoyle of Miami, FL, won the Best Music Producer award in South Florida by the Film, Recording and Entertainment Council.
Class of 1984
Don Breithaupt of Santa Monica, CA, released the album Just Passing Through (The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Vol. II).
David Alan Bunn of Baltimore, MD, made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer, orchestrator, and bandleader for “The Black Stars of the Great White Way,” hosted by Cecily Tyson, Norm Lewis, and Phylicia Rashad.
Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the films Playing for the Mob, Makers: Women Who Make America, and My Italian Secret. He was featured in the e-magazine Fade to Black. Visit joelgoodman.com.
Brad Madix of Walnut Creek, CA, is doing live sound work for Jack White. He recently gave Berklee students a behind-the-scenes tour of the show’s setup at Fenway Park.
Michael Nickolas of Holden, MA, wrote the song “Africa Sway,” which appeared in the film Hector and the Search for Happiness. Visit studionineproductions.com.
Class of 1985
Classical guitarist Michael Nicolella of Seattle, WA, released the album The Complete Bach Cello Suites. He teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. Visit nicolella.com.
Alexia Vassillou of Deerfield Beach, FL, released the single “Jeux D’Amour.” It was featured in the film Poker Face.
Class of 1986
Chris Florio of Ipswich, MA, and Hiro Honshuku ’90 released the duet album The Essence. Visit passionrecords.com.
Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, and Mark Wingfield released the album In Stories. Kastning has invented a variety of guitar-related instruments. Visit kevinkastning.com.
Sam Anstice Brown of Breakish, UK, released new self-help hypnosis material for musicians, including hypnotherapy for focal dystonia. Visit sambrown.co.uk.
Class of 1987
Stephen B. Ward of North White Plains, NY, is an associate professor of music technology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Class of 1988
Alphonso Jiles of Upper Marlboro, MD, led the Dr. Henry A Wise High School marching band in a performance for president Barack Obama in October.
Ming Tsao of Berkeley, CA, released a recording of his opera Die Geisterinsel (The Ghost Island). He is a professor of composition at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Class of 1989
Ben Bailey of Atlanta, GA, released his debut album A Bird in the Hand. Visit benbaileymusic.com.
Flutist Anders Bostrom of Verona, NJ, has performed with Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Alicia Keys.
Class of 1990
Ferdinando Argenti of Methuen, MA, released the albums Live at the Sahara and Look for the Silver Lining.
John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, released the CD Six String Slinger, featuring Will Lee, Ivan Bodley ’92, Jim Dower ’93, and others. His music has appeared on MTV and VH1, and he has acted in four films. Visit johnbaldwinmusic.com.
Heather Edwards of New York City presents mystery show broadcasts on the WWOW 1940s Radio Hour. She was musical director for the City Island Theater Group’s Evita. Visit heatheredwards.net.
Class of 1991
Ray Santovasi of Waterbury, CT, and Crystal Taliefero founded Journey with the Arts, which allows students to shadow entertainment professionals. He played on Debbie Davies’ release Retrospective. Visit raysantovasi.com.
Class of 1993
Reg Bloor of New York City toured Europe with the Glenn Branca Ensemble performing Branca’s The Ascension Ill. She was concertmaster for a performance of Branca’s Symphony No. 16 (for 100 Guitars).
Adam Topol of Venice, CA, released the album Blue Painted Walls in Far Away Places. He has played with Jack Johnson and Makua Rothman.
Class of 1994
Christian Welde of Kopervik, Norway, is finishing an album featuring Pink Floyd backup vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson. Visit christianwelde.com.
Class of 1995
Kevin Leonard Miller of Atlantic Beach, FL, owns Delicomb, a Jacksonville Beach restaurant. He also released the album Wild FL.
Paulo Tozzi of São Paulo, Brazil, released the recording Vintage Project.
Torbin Harding of Shrewsbury, MA, issued the 11th album on his Lo-ZRecords label, Cowboy Matt Hopewell’s Welcome to the Future. Visit lo-zrecords.com.
Brian Lydell of East Brunswick, NJ, won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for his work on All My Children, and he was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.
Class of 1996
Christian Fabian of Belleville, NJ, won a Hollywood Music In Media Award for his song “Salagoudis Blues” from the Ricks/Fabian/Marsalis CD Father’s Day Jam. Visit christianfabian.com.
Stefan Held runs StevenHero Productions LLC, which produces the web series “Brooklyn Tracks.” Visit stevenheroproductions.com.
Michael Petrucci of Plantsville, CT, has played drums for Blue Man Group for 10 years, performing in New York, Chicago, and Orlando. He also plays with King of Salem, Vestal Claret, and Lord Fowl.
Ryan Shore of Burbank, CA, scored Disney Television’s Penn Zero: Part Time Hero. He’s also written music for Scooby-Doo!, WrestleMania Mystery, Sesame Street, Plus Minus, The List, and The Millionaires’ Unit. Visit ryanshore.com.
Class of 1997
Paco Charlín of Pontevedra, Spain, released the album Statement Pride, which features Philip Dizack, Eden Ladin, and John Davis.
Jose Duque of Sunrise, FL, recorded with Colin Edwin on the album “Burnt Belief” Etymology. He also released a CD featuring Pablo Estacio ’96 and Luis Gonzalez ’98.
Class of 1998
Chris Gall of Vaterstetten, Germany, released a solo piano CD, featuring original pieces, a Debussy arrangement, and a song from a French film score. Visit chrisgallmusic.com.
Joshua Geisler of New York City has toured with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem since 2010, and is the bandleader for the group’s 2015 Australian tour.
David Lockeretz of Long Beach, CA, and his trio Outside Pedestrian released the album Reclaimed, featuring Anthony Fesmire ’96. Visit opjazz.com.
Class of 1999
Sean P. Rogan of Cranston, RI, runs the You Rock School of Music and performs with Power of Love, a Huey Lewis and the News tribute band. Visit yourockschoolofmusic.com.
Oriol Saña of Granollers, Spain, organized the Barcelona Fiddle Congress, which attracted more than 400 students. He also released the album Experiment 1.0 with Albert Bello.
Alekos Vretos of Argolis, Greece, released the album K on Top, featuring Dimitris Sevdalis, Dimitris Christopoulos, Dimitris Klonis, and Leonidas Sarantopoulos. Visit alekosvretos.gr.
Forest Wilson of Hollister, CA, and Brian Gibbs ’98 run Tool Shed Studios in Morgan Hill, CA. The studio hosted sessions for the Los Tigres Del Norte album Realidades. Visit toolshedstudios.com.
Adeniyi Adelekan (aka “Synematik”) of Staten Island, NY, signed a Sony ATV/Stellar Songs publishing deal, and coproduced the song “Don’t Stop” on the Boyz II Men album Collide. He operates Synematik MusicWorld LLC.
Nate Brahm of Glastonbury, CT, opened Whole Tone Guitars in Glastonbury. Visit wholetoneguitars.com.
Richard Furch of Sherman Oaks, CA, mixed Boyz II Men’s album Collide, and music for Ledisi, Charlie Wilson, Tyrese and others. Visit richardfurch.com.
Motohiko Ichino of Tokyo, Japan, and the group Rabbitoo released the CD National Anthem of Unknown Country, featuring Daisuke Fujiwara ’96 and Koichi Sato ’07.
Sean McGowan of Denver, CO, released the CD Thanksgiving and Christmas Tidings. He is an associate professor and guitar program director at the University of Colorado. Visit seanmcgowanguitar.com.
Class of 2000
Fawn Drake of Denver, CO, and DJ Chad Black released the album Angels We Have Heard on High, a portion of whose proceeds go to the Beagle Freedom Project.
Jason Graham ’00 of Salt Lake City UT, is a broadcast engineer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He and his team were on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Mix magazine. Visit mixonline.com/news/facilities/audio-temple-square/423149.
Miguel Hadelich of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president of international sales, install, and tour for the TC Group. Visit tcgroup.tc.
Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, recorded the album Déja Vu with fellow saxophonist Juan Rollan. Visit bobreynoldsmusic.com.
Dimitris Sevdalis of Athens, Greece, released the album Lagrimas Claras, with his Latin jazz quartet and Cuban singer Midreys Duquesne.
Gregg Stein of Framingham, MA, is the CEO of Libratone, Inc. and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association audio division board. Visit libratone.com.
Class of 2001
Paloma Dueñas of Miami, FL, a music therapist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, is a teaching artist at Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. She heads the organization palomARTS and performs with the group Brasoul.
Sebastian Müller of Köln, Germany, released the album Peel featuring Daniele Camarda, Jonas Burgwinkel, Pablo Held, and Sebastian Gille. Visit elmolinero.de.
Joo Won Park of Oberlin, OH, is a visiting assistant professor of computer music at the Oberlin Conservatory. Visit joowonpark.net.
Class of 2002
Oscar Balza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, plays with Latin Grammy Award winner San Luis. Balza is completing his band’s first album Cionico. Visit oscarbalza.com.
Jeff Svatek of Schaghticoke, NY, is an audio engineer at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Class of 2003
David Dixon of Wilmington, NC, released his debut album which features David Wolfe ’03 and Ryan Tucker ’00. Visit daviddixonmusic.com.
Violinist Jozef Nadj of Boston, MA, formed the group Berklee All Star Serbia, featuring Vasil Hadzimanov ‘95, Vladimir Samardzic ’00, and Branko Popovic ’13. They performed in Serbia and Europe. Visit jozefnadj.com.
Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, won the Americana Album of the Year award at the 2014 IMEA Awards for her recording Better at Goodbye. Her songs appeared on Marcum Stewart’s album Put It In Drive. Visit shantellogden.com.
Bassist Annie Clements of Franklin, TN, toured with Amos Lee, including a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Band members each received a commemorative piece of the rock. Visit facebook.com/AnnieClements.Music
Class of 2004
Drummer Rodrigo Bonelli of Brooklyn, NY, is a teacher and performer. He appeared with the Bobby Katz Quartet at Kitano and is planning a new septet recording. Visit rodrigobonelli.com.
Briana Cash of Ipswich, MA, had two original Christmas songs recorded by Broadway actress Christine Dwyer for release on iTunes. Visit brianacash.com.
Kyle Ewalt and Steven Shewbrooks of Brooklyn, NY, comprise the group Kyven, which released the EP For Commercial Use Only.
Austin Nelson of Charleston, SC, and Jason Rueger perform as the duo Curtin, and released the album One for the Doghearted, featuring Andrew Tracy ’04, Sweney Tidball ’03, and Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen. Visit thecurtin.com.
Marco Pacassoni of Fano, Italy, released the album Happiness, featuring Michel Camilo. The band will tour Europe, Asia, and South America. Visit marcopacassoni.com.
Garth Stevenson of New York City and Annie Lynch ’08 composed music for the films Tracks and Red Knot.
Nobuki Takamen of Jersey City, NJ, toured in Europe, performing at the Nisville and Petrovac jazz festivals and released the album Solo Guitar. Visit nobukitakamen.com.
F. Javier Vargas of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, led the jazz big band of the National Conservatory of Santo Domingo at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.
Class of 2005
Stefano Switala of Rome, Italy, scored the film Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss and wrote music for a television campaign about violence against women. Visit stefanoswitala.com.
Krysta Youngs of Studio City, CA, released the song “The Magic of Christmastime” featuring pianist Ruslan Sirota ’03. Visit krystayoungs.com.
Class of 2006
Scott Brown of Columbus, OH, is senior counsel in the Marketing and Intellectual Property Practice Group at Nationwide Insurance. He is on the board of the arts education nonprofit the Dick & Jane Project.
Marcelo Feldman of North Hollywood, CA, started the YouTube channel “The Bass Wizard.” Visit thebasswizard.com.
Class of 2007
Sam Dechenne of Cambridge, MA, released the Cocek! Brass Band album Here Comes Shlomo. Visit cocekbrassband.com.
Jamie Lynn Fletcher of Greenleaf, WI, released the CD My Desire of You. Visit jamielynnfletcher.com.
Bassist Alfredo Guerrieri of Willoughby, OH, is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University and the Music Settlement. Visit alfredosgroove.com.
Joey Sulkowski of White Plains, MD, performs with the band Magic Man, and toured with Walk the Moon and Panic! At the Disco. Visit magicmanmusic.com.
Class of 2008
Nicholas Ditri of Red Bank, NJ, and Daniel Boselovic, aka the Disco Fries, wrote the gold-certified track “Wasted” on Tiesto’s A Town Called Paradise LP. Visit discofriesmusic.com.
Magda Giannikou and her band Banda Magda released the album Yerakina, featuring Jordan Perlson ’04, Ignacio Hernandez ’07, Marcelo Woloski ’07, Mika Mimura ’07, Keita Ogawa ’07, and Scott Flynn ’07, coproduced by Fab Dupont ’94. Visit bandamagda.com.
Sean Hayden of Toronto, ON, writes advertising music for clients including Target, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Red Bull Media. Visit daisydogmusic.com.
Class of 2009
Daniel Frimm of Denver, CO, is touring through March to promote his new album The DBC. Visit thedbcdenver.com.
Juan Carlos Rodríguez of Valencia, CA, composed for the television shows Matador and East Los High. Visit juancrodriguez.com.
Class of 2010
Seth Botos of Allston, MA, and Corey Wade released the single “Designing an Airplane” with their band Undersea. Visit underseaband.com.
Ricardo Galvan of Mexico City, Mexico, is part of the musical project Mariaxibit with Jordi Arán Mendez. Visit mariaxibit.com.
Engineer Martin Nessi of Glendale, CA, has recorded for Josh Groban, Gloria Trevi, Alejandro Lerner, and Anais Vivas and mixed for Cooper Phillip, Pacband, NYXX, and TWWO. Visit martinnessi.com.
Neara Russell of Studio City, CA, toured with Bridgit Mendler. She also played with Zeta Wave, Hayle, Matt DuPuy, and Scavenger Hunt. Visit neararussell.com.
Percussionist Paulo Stagnaro of Brooklyn, NY, is touring with Ricky Martin, and leads the Paolo Stagnaro Group. Visit paulostagnaro.com.
Vocalist R.J. Woessner of Brooklyn, NY, performed with Bastille on the Late Show with David Letterman, with Jim Carrey on Saturday Night Live, and appeared in the film Milking It. Woessner has also done voiceovers and vocal coaching. Visit rjwoessner.com.
Yui Yamamoto (aka Yui SensationaL) of North Hills, CA, released the album No Music, No SensationaL Life. Visit yuisensational.com.
Class of 2011
Brandon Allen of Boston, MA, performs with the John Hanifin Band, which released the single “The Nile.” Visit johnhanifinband.com.
Anita Antoinette of New Britain, CT, appeared on The Voice and was coached by Gwen Stefani.
Lorena Perez Batista of Encino, CA, won the drummer competition Hit Like a Girl. She engineered the Russ Miller/Pete Lockett album Rhythm-Sphere. Visit lorenaperezmusic.com.
Shawna Corso of Los Angeles, CA, is touring with Iggy Azalea and was a backup vocalist on Stevie Wonder’s latest tour.
Michael Harmon of Westborough, MA, founded the retreat-style recording studio Wachusett Recording Co. Visit wachusettrecording.com.
Kate Kozma of Brooklyn, NY, was the musical director, composer, and arranger for the Miss Universe 2014 pageant.
Giuseppe Paradiso of Medford, MA, and Gabriela Martina lead the “In Momentum Series,” a program of improvisational concerts at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA. Visit inmomentumseries.com.
Hyunpill Shin of Seoul, South Korea, released the album Ordinary Days. He toured in Europe and Asia with MosaiKorea, and in the United States, invited by the Korean embassy. Visit hyunpillshin.com.
David Westerhout (aka Dear Zim) of Larnaca, Cyprus, wrote the song “Indianna,” nominated for Best African Rock Song at the All African Music Awards.
Class of 2012
Becky DiPaola of Franklin, TN, and Sean Woestehoff (aka the Recording People) produced, engineered, and mixed albums for Zack Joseph and Ira Wolf. Visit therecordingpeople.com.
Joanna Katzen of Athol, MA, performed with Linq and Garold Amadon in New Salem, MA, at a fundraiser for the Playing for Change Foundation, part of a worldwide effort to raise funding for music lessons for underprivileged children.
Bo Ram Park of Busan, South Korea, released the album Hear the Beauty, Vol. 1, featuring numerous Berklee alumni.
Batu Sener of Los Angeles, CA, works at composer John Powell’s studio and has written music for several TV shows and commercials. Visit batusener.com.
Class of 2013
Inés Velasco Montiel of Guadalajara, Mexico, was chosen to participate in the arranger’s workshop with the Dutch Metropole Orkest, featuring Vince Mendoza and Gregory Porter. Visit inesvelascomusic.com.
Jerilyn Sawyer of Nashville, TN, was hired by CTK Management as part of Dolly Parton’s management team. Visit jerilynsawyer.com.
Saunder Choi of Cambridge, MA, won the 2014 American Prize in Composition in the student choral division. Visit theamericanprize.org.
Tia and Tanya Dmuchowski of Livonia, MI, are members of Flight of Fire, which released the EP Catalyst. Visit flightoffire.com.
Vicente Gimeno of Los Angeles, CA, scored the film Tom’s Dilemma and recorded it with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, with contributions from Amparo Edo Biol ’12 and Javier Escudero ’13. His piece “Space Mission” won at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Visit vicenteortizgimeno.com.
Class of 2014
Rachel Dziezynski composed music for DinoTrucks, a children’s iPad game about dinosaur bones. She is currently in Japan, teaching English and studying Japanese music through the JET programme.