Faculty Notes

Professor Rick Peckham held a December residency in Dublin, Ireland, featuring a performance with Michael Buckley, Ronan Guilfoyle, and Conor Guilfoyle.

Professor Sheldon Mirowitz scored two films: Design for Discovery, a Museum of Science Boston film about the NASA space missions; and Seduction Theory, a short film by Steve Ascher and Jeannie Jordan.

Assistant professor Sergio Bellotti played drums on “Good Morning Bella” by Gio Lombardi, which hit number one on the reverbnation.com L.A. charts and number five on the national charts.

Professor Pat Pattison released a second edition of his book Songwriting: The Essential Guide to Rhyming via Berklee Press. Visit patpattison.com.

Associate professor Fred Lipsius released the album Improvisations, a series of unaccompanied recordings of 18 tunes.

Associate professor Dave DiCenso published his book Rhythm and Drumming Demystified, through his company Censian Music, with distribution through Alfred Music.

Jeannie Gagne
Jeannie Gagne
Susan Wilson

In March, voice professor Jeannie Gagné will release her book Belting: A Guide to Healthy, Powerful Singing via Berklee Press. Visit jeanniegagne.com.

In October, professor Peter Gardner gave a presentation on cultural differences in educational theory and practice in the graduate Department of Educational Sciences at Freiburg University in Switzerland.

Assistant professor Mark Shilansky released a CD by his crossover group Fugue Mill. It features contributions from Sara Caswell, Eric Byers, Fernando Huergo, Kathleen Flynn, Catherine Bent, and alumni Bryce Milano, Joseph Brent, Jordan Perlson, and Steve Langone. The group has collaborated live with Jason Anick and Jason Yeager. Visit markshilansky.com.

Assistant professor Tony Carbone released his single “Who’s Loving You,” featuring Lauren O’Keefe (formerly of Jada), which is available on iTunes. It appears on his release Hipnotic Nights.

Professor Lauren Passarelli performs with the band Afterfab, a tribute band devoted to playing the Beatles members’ solo repertoire.

Amy Merrill, associate professor of liberal arts, had her review of the Lewiston, ME, production of Sweet Dreams, Mr. Heroin published in HowlRound, an online journal of theater criticism and practice.

Major Scale Book, by assistant professor Tomo Fujita, is in its second edition, and is published by Rittor Music in Japan. His best-selling book/CD Playing By Ear & Feeling is in its ninth edition. Fujita’s materials have sold over 170,000 copies in Japan.

Associate professor Henrique De Almeida authored the book Double Bass Drum Integration for the Jazz/Fusion Drummer on Berklee Press. Visit henriquedealmeida.com.

Professor Gabrielle Goodman performed in Shanghai with Tom Stein & Friends; Japan with Tiger Okoshi; and St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2014 she released the CD Spiritual Tapestry, featuring Berklee faculty members.

Associate professor Wayne Wild had a chapter published in Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture entitled “The Origins of a Modern Medical Ethics in Enlightenment Scotland: Cheyne, Gregory and Cullen as Practitioners of Sensibility.”

In August 2014, associate professor Maureen McMullan earned her MBA from Northeastern University. She recently received a three-year artist fellowship with the St. Botolph Club in Boston.

Associate professor DJ Hatfield, currently in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar, mounted a sound installation at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art. His piece appears as part of “A Space of Fifty Steps,” a set of works by contemporary indigenous artist Rahic Talif.

Also in August, professor Whit Browne was listed among the Art Career Project’s “15 Notable Art Professors in Boston.”

Joe Stump
Joe Stump

Associate professor Joe Stump published the book Joe Stump’s Metal Guitar Chop Shop: Building Shred & Metal Technique with Berklee Press. Visit joestump.com.

Professor Michael Williams published the book Blues Guitar Technique, covering the styles of B.B. King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, and others.

Professor Ed Saindon was filmed playing solo vibraphone and marimba for the promotion of his signature Vic Firth Mallet and for Vic Firth’s YouTube channel.

Professor Rich Grudzinski reworked the orchestral music for The Polar Express by Michael Moss for the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Associate professor Jan Donley was featured in Boston magazine for her series of MBTA subway drawings created using iPad software. Visit jandonley.com.

Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee’s Center for American Roots Music, authored the book Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes, available through Berklee Press.

JodyJazz introduced two new mouthpieces named for professor George Garzone. Visit jodyjazz.com.

Professor Jon Damian produced The Apple Stew Suite (a musical look at a day in the life of New York City) and An Operetta for Isabel Rose featuring Allan Chase, Bob Nieske, Ralph Rosen, and John Voight.

Assistant professor Victoria Large’s short story “Calls” was recently published in The Painted Bride Quarterly.

Associate professor Stephen MacLean and Todd Dadaleares are coleaders of the Steve MacLean Ensemble, which released the 11-song album MeRCy on the ReR label. Visit rerdownloads.com.

Assistant professor Jon Forsyth had a video titled Dancing at Saint-Rémy selected for display on the Boston Convention Center marquee. Visit artonthemarquee.com.

Associate professor Patrice Williamson and the ESP Vocal Trio released the album They All Laughed, featuring Emily Browder Melville and Sandi Hammond. Other contributors include Mark Shilansky, Eric Byers, Rick DiMuzio, and alumni Steve Langone and Rusty Scott.

Professor Peter Cokkinias recently played clarinet for the shows On the Town, Phantom of the Opera, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker.

Richard Boulanger
Richard Boulanger

Professor Richard Boulanger had his piece “Symphonic Muse for Processed French Horn and Leap Motion Controller” performed by the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francisco Noya, with guest horn soloist Gus Sebring. Boulanger invented the controller. Visit boulangerlabs.com.

Assistant professor Manuel Kaufman directed the first professional recording session at the new 160 Mass Ave. recording facilities. His nonet featured Phil Grenadier, Rick DiMuzio, Shannon LeClaire, Bob Tamagni, Keala Kaumeheiwa, Dan Fox, Plamen Karadonev, Megan Riccio and Ben Whiting. Mark Wessel engineered the recording.

Associate professor Fred Bouchard penned an article for Downbeat magazine about a master class given by Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.

In November, associate professors Suzanne Clark and Ivan Sever presented the class “John Lennon: A Working Class Hero” to the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Associate professor David Scott recently toured with the vocal group the Four Freshmen, singing lead and playing bass. Visit davidthornescott.com.

Piano instructor Moira Lo Bianco is conducting improvisation workshops for classical pianists. Visit moiralobianco.com.

Assistant professor Pratt Bennet had his novel Raising Sleeping Stones published as an interactive iOS app that includes a two-hour score by alumni Leo Langinger and João Luis.

Darla Hanley, Dean of Berklee’s Professional Education Division and Department Chairs Simone Pilon, Sean Hagon, and Don Gorder, gave clinics at the Berklee Valencia campus and LICEU Conservatory in Barcelona.