Faculty Notes

Marco Pignataro was featured on the Eddie Gomez Quintet’s Per Sempre, featuring two of Pignataro’s compositions. They performed dates in Italy and France. 

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

Professor Mark Walker toured with the group Oregon in March. They played two concerts with the HR Big Band of Frankfurt, Germany.

Associate Professor Jonathan Wheatley, will perform with jazz guitar greats Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden at the Sahara Club & Restaurant in Methuen, MA, on August 20.

Professor Tony “Thunder” Smith performed with Lou Reed during a European tour and at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also presented a clinic at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Mitch Haupers

Mitch Haupers

Professor Mitch Haupers completed his first CD/DVD as a leader and composer, (In Came) Love, So Silent, which was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features members of the Yellowjackets and numerous Berklee faculty members.

In April, Assistant Professor Francisco Noya and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performed at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Noya also worked with the Rhode Island Philharmonic LinkUp program for children.

In February, Assistant Professor Gail McArthur-Browne gave a jazz master class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Professor Eugene Friesen wrote the book Improvisation for Classical Musicians and has led numerous related workshops. His new quartet for cellos, “The Soul of the White Ant,”  premiered in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA.

Assistant Professor Michael Moss composed and recorded music for the 70th anniversary edition audiobook of The Little Prince, featuring performances by Moss, Jeff Gilman ’94, and violinist Michael Rosenbloom.

Associate Professor Mikael Ringquist, the leader of Orquesta La Pasión, performed Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos in Colombia and Argentina. He also played on the soundtrack for a Francis Ford Coppola film.

Assistant Professor Kevin Harris has released the CD  Museum, Vol. 1. Visit www.kevinharrisproject.com.

Professor John Baboian taught the clinic “Two Guitars Are Better Than One” with University of Southern California Guitar Professor Frank Potenza ’72, and performed with the World Leaders at the Jazz Educators Network conference in Atlanta, GA.

Guitar Professor Jon Damian performed with singer Jackie Evancho at the Wang Center in Boston.

Associate Professor John Stein penned Berklee Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar for Berklee Press.

Chair of Music Business/Management Don Gorder participated in panel discussions and made presentations at Harvard Business School; English High School in Bogotá, Colombia; and the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association Faculty Summit.

Associate Professor Kudisan Kai is touring with Chaka Khan. Kai was also on the “Black Women in Rock” panel at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival.

Assistant Professor Nando Michelin reissued his CD Reencontro, featuring Esperanza Spalding ’05, Richie Barshay, and Tiago Michelin. He performed at Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts with Rogerio Boccato, and played on a new CD by Felipe Salles that features Dave Liebman.

Faculty members Sheryl BaileyGarrison FewellDave FiuczynskiMick GoodrickJane MillerBruce Saunders, and Mitch Seidman are included in Scott Yanow’s book The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide.

Professor Tom Stein is a member of the Kaupang Studios advisory board and is the CMO of MusiciansApp. He serves on the conference advisory board of the Audio Technologies for Music and Media conference and is the USA country manager for the International Institute of Marketing Professionals.

Associate Professor Mike Block recorded with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for an upcoming album. He is also directing a variety of summer string camps, featuring numerous Berklee faculty members. Visit www.mikeblockstringcamp.com.

Associate Professor Richie Hart released the new solo guitar CD In a Mellow Tone. He is also featured on Jim Stinnett’s new CD Let’s Groove, featuring drummer Joe Hunt.

In May, Professor Peter Gardner trained faculty and students in intercultural communication at the University of Warsaw and University of Lodz in Poland.

Woodwind Professor Barbara LaFitte played in pit orchestras for productions of Peter Pan (Wang Center) and The Great Gatsby (NEC’s Jordan Hall and Tanglewood). She will perform as the principal oboist in the Boston Ballet’s Chroma and Coppélia.

Woodwind Professor Wendy Rolfe appeared on the cover of November 2012 issue of Flute Talk magazine. Rolfe has also performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Baroque Orchestra, and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Apostolos Paraskevas was featured in England’s Classical Guitar magazine discussing his rehabilitation from focal dystonia. Visit www.apostolosparaskevas.com.

Hal Leonard and Berklee Press released the second edition of Solo Jazz Piano: The Linear Approach by Professor Neil Olmstead.

Professor Bruce Gertz released the new CD Open Mind on the Open Mind Jazz label. He also recently played at the Kennedy Center and recorded with the Matt Savage Trio.

Professor Laszlo Gardony released the CD Clarity on Sunnyside Records. Visit www.lgjazz.com.

Associate Professor Libby Allison won the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s annual conference. She will make a presentation at the fall National Association for Music Education conference.

Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

From the left: Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis sang on David Bowie’s album The Next Day. She appeared in the film Twenty Feet from Stardom and performed on Late Show with David Letterman with Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, and Shawn Klush.

Aided by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship, Professor Steve Wilkes documented the sounds of Cape Cod. He released Sound Signals, a two-CD set of field recordings and electronic remixes, plus Fordham Wilkes: Upstream, with vocalist Ginny Fordham. Visitwww.hearcapecod.org.

Professor Kenwood Dennard cofounded the group Bush Rock with keyboardist Delmar Brown.

The student ensemble Vintage Vocals and Associate Professor David Thorne Scott performed the music of the Pied Pipers and the Modernaires at two swing dances with the Beantown Swing Orchestra.

Associate Professor Freddie Bryant received an honorary degree from Amherst College.

Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department John Kellogg made a presentation at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Faculty Summit in New Orleans.

Pianist and Assistant Professor Vadim Neselovskyi released Music for September on Sunnyside Records.

Professor Neil Leonard was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. In June he gave a presention in the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennale.

Professor Stephen Webber released his Stylus Symphony CD/DVD, featuring Berklee faculty, staff, and students. Visit www.stephenwebbermusic.com.