Faculty Notes

Assistant professor Amanda Monaco presented an all-day jazz festival in April with her collective, Queens Jazz OverGround. Visit www.queensjazz.org.

Professor Jim Stinnett published the book What Makes Motown Bass Motown?. Visit jimstinnett.com.

Assistant professor Michael Weinstein heard the premiere of his work Gott Hämmert for chorus and winds with the New England Conservatory Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble.

Professor Sheila Katz authored Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence for University Press of Texas.

In July, professor Peter Eldridge will release Disappearing Day on Sunnyside Records featuring originals and tunes by top songwriters.

Professor Rod Morgenstein released the CD Profit with his band Jelly Jam. The band will tour this summer.

Professor Scott Free presented a clinic on jazz composition at Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, Italy, in May.

Professor Felice Pomeranz penned Berklee Harp, the first Berklee Press method book for lever and pedal harpists. It contains exercises, ideas for improvisation, and more.

Assistant professor Ben Houge presented the premiere of Ornithological Blogpoem, a work for choir and audience-member mobile devices, at Georgia Institute of Technology. In March, he presented at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Associate professor Jerry Leake recorded his seventh CD, Crafty Hands, featuring associate professor Randy Roos and instructor Steve Hunt.

Don Gorder, chair of the Music Business/Management Department, moderated a panel discussion on music supervision at the April Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association summit.

The magazine Jam Tarts published the poem “Human Flaw with History” by assistant professor Beth Platow.

Suzanne Hanser, chair of Music Therapy, produced the CD The Remembrance of One with Daniel Kobialka and published the book, Integrative Health through Music Therapy: Accompanying the Journey from Illness to Wellness. She made presentations for Harvard Medical School and the Asahikawa Medical Center in Japan.

Professor David Vose conducted the Deep Blue “C” Studio Orchestra in a tribute concert of the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in Kittery, ME.

Professor Mark Walker played drums on Paquito D’Rivera’s CD Jazz Meets the Classics, and The Ludwigsburg Concert double CD with Lyle Mays, Marc Johnson, and Bob Shepard.

Assistant professor Ben Camp wrote and produced the song “Horns” recorded by Bryce Fox. It reached the top 10 on three streaming services.

Assistant professor Vadim Neselovskyi will premiere an expanded version of his orchestral suite Seasons at the Festival at Sandpoint with Gary Sheldon conducting.

Professors Bruce Thomas and Apostolos Paraskevas had their respective compositions “Mystery Hill” and “Aegean Fire Magnus” performed by the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall in March.

Instructor Jason Anick plays violin on Travels, the second album by the Rhythm Future Quartet.

The article “Intersectionality’s Binding Agent: The Political Primacy of Class” by professor Victor Wallis, appeared in the December 2015 issue of New Political Science.

Professor Lauren Passarelli recorded, mixed, and mastered Songs of the Poets for pianist and vocalist Kate Chadbourne.

On April 12, professor Bruce Gertz was featured at the University of North Texas Jazz Lecture Series.

Assistant professor Peter Bufono provided original music for the Celebration of American Circus awards, the documentary Circus Kids, and a new production titled A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular.

Professor Tom Stein was appointed to the Fulbright specialist roster peer review committee for 2016.

Instructor Steve Hunt released the album Sphere of Influence featuring professor Bruce Gertz, associate professor Jerry Leake, and others.

Assistant professor Victoria Large published her fiction story “Vandalism” in Microchondria III: More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store.

Professor Bill Banfield was a member of the panel of judges for the Pulitzer Prize in music that awarded a Pulitzer to composer Henry Threadgill for his epic work In for a Penny, In for a Pound. Threadgill is the first composer using the jazz language to receive the prestigious award. Banfield also penned the books Ethnomusicoligizing and Pat Patrick: American Musicians and Cultural Visionary.

In May, professor Joe Mulholland released the CD Runaway Train with backing from professor Bob Tamagni (drums), and Bob Nieske (bass).

Professor Jan Shapiro penned the book So You Want to Sing Jazz: A Guide for Professionals.

Professor Bob Gullotti is heard with Palle Danielsson (bass), Jesper Løvdal and pianist Mathias Landæus on the album Very Well Vol. 1.

Professor Mitch Haupers recorded a spoken-word version of the foreword to the book No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report, by Peter Erskine.

Professor Joseph Coroniti covered the March 2016 Pacific Arts Association International Symposium in New Zealand.

Professor Kris Adams recently performed in Rome with pianist Enrico Zanisi, bassist Jacopo Ferrazza and Luca Pirozzi, and drummer Alessio Santoni.

Associate professor Kevin Block-Schwenk posts a series of interviews featuring Berklee alumni with successful non-music careers at blockschwenkcollective.com/cool_by_osmosis/.

Professor Ellen Francese received an urban service award for her outreach work organizing student performances at local shelters, they also provide online music lessons to Haitian orphans.

Assistant professor Nando Michelin recorded the CD Música de Ida y Vuelta. Visit nandomichelin.bandcamp.com.

Associate professor Francisco Noya has been appointed the music director for the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton. He recently conducted concerts with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall.

Professor David Fiuczynski released a vinyl recording based on microtonal bird song transcriptions.

Assistant Chair of the Harmony Department Tom Hojnacki presented a workshop on the Berklee harmony curriculum at the Society for Music Theory conference in St. Louis, MO.

Professor of guitar Guy Van Duser received the Living Thumbpicker award from the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky.

Professor Marti Epstein heard the premieres of her cantata Mary Magdalen, and her chamber work weaver.

Cecil Adderley, chair of the Music Education Department, received the Visionary Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

Professor Kathleen Howland was invited to Rome, Italy, to give a keynote lecture on music therapy in oncology.

Associate professor Susan Rogers received a Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship to support her work in Berklee’s Music Perception and Cognition Lab.

Associate professor Bob Stanton played guitar on tour with Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.

Instructors Jason Yeager (piano) and Jason Anick (violin) recorded the material for their forthcoming album United.

Professor Neil Olmstead gave a lecture and concert in Wayland, MA, demonstrating the influence of French impressionist music on jazz.

Robin Stone was recently promoted to the rank of professor. She has been a Berklee faculty member for 26 years.

Associate professor Steven Kirby recorded the jazz album Illuminations featuring nine of his original compositions and two standards for the Whaling City Sound label.