Faculty Notes

 

Associate professor Winnie Dahlgren founded the educational project No Boundaries, which culminated with a trip to Morocco in January, together with alumni and current students. The group worked with local music institutions in Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech. For more information, visit neemaproductions.com.

Assistant professor David Harris released the composition “Trek from Ethiopia—Part 1” on the compilation Beyond Addis: Contemporary Jazz and Funk Inspired by Ethiopian Sounds from the ’70s. Harris performed with Debo Band and wrote, arranged, mixed, and mastered the recording with funding from a faculty grant.

 

Guitar professor Lauren Passarelli’s Beatles ensemble was featured on a CBS Sunday Morning feature, which spotlighted the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American tour.

Associate professor and vocalist  Gaye Tolan Hatfield released the album Yesterday Once More: a tribute to The Carpenters. Faculty members who assisted Hatfield on the disc's nine selections include Jodi Jenkins, Gabrielle Goodman, Dino Govoni, Jon and Corinne Chase, Paul Stiller, Jeff Ramsay, Guillermo Nojechowicz, and Brad Hatfield.

 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed the piece “Shards of Serenity” by associate professor Jonathan Holland as part of its EarShot Classical Roots Readings. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Jason AnickIn March, strings instructor Jason Anick released his second album as a leader, Tipping Point, which was reviewed in the Boston Globe. Visit jasonanick.com. 

Dave DiCensoDave DiCenso, associate professor of percussion, recently performed with Carole King for a fundraising event supporting New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen. This summer he will tour with singer Josh Groban. Visit davedicenso.com. 

In January, piano professor Laszlo Gardony performed in the NEA Jazz “Masters on Masters” concert series, opening for the Gary Bartz Quartet. Additionally, the Boston Globe ran a full-page article on Gardony.

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Associate professor Fred Lipsius released a jazz sextet CD titled Rhythm, Catch 4, featuring faculty members Greg Hopkins, Russ Hoffman, and Dave Clark, plus Les Harris, Jr. ’83. Lipsius produced, composed, and arranged material for the album, which is available at online outlets. 

 

Professor Barbara LaFitte was appointed to the board of the Boston Woodwind Society, which supports cultural and educational projects and performing opportunities for students and professional woodwind musicians. 

Peter Gardner, professor of liberal arts, presented a lecture and workshop on intercultural communication to students in the Master’s Program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel.

Professor of percussion Jon Hazilla released the book Rhythmic Reflections on Creative Teaching

Kevin HarrisAssistant professor Kevin Harris has been performing and/or recording with the Billy Pierce Quartet, Tommy Campbell, Richie Barshay, Steve Langone, Neal Smith and others. Visit kevinharrisproject.com. 

 

Associate professor John Stein and the Mingotan Project released the album Emotion, featuring associate professor John Lockwood on bass. The album fuses elements of jazz, klezmer, and Afro-Argentinian music. Visit johnstein.com.

Dario Eskenazi, assistant professor of film scoring, was nominated for the Argentinian Cóndor de Plata award for his score for the film Vino Para Robar. He recorded the score with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra last summer.

Assistant professor Caroline Harvey led the Berklee Slam Team at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation. Harvey received accolades for her creation of a peer-assistance program.

Voice professor Lisa Thorson celebrated the release of her new CD Lisa Thorson Quartet LIVE featuring Tim Ray, David Clark, and George Schuller, in the concert series Jazz at the Arsenal in Watertown, MA. She also completed Level II Training in Somatic Voicework™ (the LoVetri Method). Visit lisathorson.com. 

 

Bob Doezema, Jeff Stout, and Daryl Lowery performed four shows with Al Kooper during his recent 70th birthday celebration tour. 

Associate professor Amy Merrill has been named a semi-finalist for the 37th Bay Area Playwrights Festival for her play by the Book

 

Associate professor Darol Anger’s new bluegrass-flavored recording E-and’a was released on Adventure Records, and features Joe Walsh, Courtney Hartman, Lukas Pool, and Sharon Gilchrist. 

 

Professor Bill Banfield’s group Jazz Urbane recorded Playing with Other People’s Heads: Songs, which was produced by the late George Duke and features several Berklee faculty members and alumni. Visit billbanfield.com. 

Woodwind professor Wendy Rolfe played on three recently released CDs. She is heard on Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Beethoven Symphonies 1-4 and Overtures and Boston Baroque’s recordings of Haydn’s Creation and Symphony No. 104.

John Hill of Moorestown, NJ, won a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship. He will focus on creative projects during a retreat for visual artists, writers, and composers. 

 

Professor Kris Adams performed in Rome at the Alexanderplatz Jazz Club with Claudio Colasazza, Luca Pirozzi, and Alessio Santoni. She presented the clinic “Sing Your Way through Theory” (based on her book of the same title) at the California Music Education Conference in Fresno, CA, and in Bad Kissingen, Germany, for the European Music Educators Association.

Chris DeRosa of New York City performed in Germany and Thailand in a video for Renee Ruth’s single “Midnight.” He is the drummer and musical director for the band Dubb Agents. Visit chrisderosa.com

 

Professor Eugene Friesen performed and taught in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Newcastle Conservatorium, Adelaide International Cello Festival (with Rushad Eggleston ’01), and at JMC Academy. He also held a residency at the Opera House and American University in Cairo, Egypt. 

In 2013, assistant professor Jason Palmer was a featured artist on a 31-stop tour of Russia. He recently won a French-American Jazz Exchange grant in collaboration with Cedric Hanriot ’08. His album Take a Little Trip was recently released by SteepleChase Records. 

John Baboian, guitar professor, performed an “East Meets West” clinic with Turkish bass player Kamil Erdem at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas, TX. He also conducted the Central Massachusetts District High School All-Star Jazz Band at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. 

Felice PomeranzStrings professor Felice Pomeranz and her quartet will be joined by Marco Pignataro for a performance at the American Harp Society National Conference in New Orleans, LA. In July, she will perform and lecture in Sydney, Australia, as part of the World Harp Congress. Visit gildedharps.com.