Berklee Today

Faculty Notes

By Toni Ballard

Bassist and Assistant Professor Oscar Stagnaro released his
first CD Mariella's Dream, featuring Paquito D'Rivera (reeds),
Alex Acuña (percussion), Dave Samuels (vibes), Ed Simon (piano),
Oscar Feldman (flute), Richie Zellon (guitar, sequencing), and
Ramón Stagnaro (guitar)

Professor Mili Bermejo performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., for the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Her composition
"C?mo Hacemos" appears on Respond II, a double-CD compilation to
benefit families affected by domestic violence.

Associate Professor Dan Moretti's release Stories
is receiving airplay on 180 radio stations. The CD of his original
compositions features Tim Ray (piano), Associate Professor Bruce
(guitar), Marty Ballou (bass), and Marty Richards (drums).

Assistant Professor David Scott placed third in the professional
division of the Boston-area Song and Aria Festival sponsored by
the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Scott performed
songs by Mozart, Massenet, and Barber.

Assistant Professor and jazz guitarist Eric T. Johnson
released the CD Herbie Nichols, Volume 1, featuring songs
by Nichols. Saxophonist and Associate Professor George Garzone
also appears on the CD.

Associate Professor Mirek Kocandrle released a CD titled
Early Works for Big Band, Volume One. Other faculty members
on the disc include Phil Wilson (trombone), Bruce Nifong
(alto sax), and Ed Tomassi (tenor sax).

Professor and flutist Wendy Rolfe performed in a recital
titled Black Composers and Musical Roots of Brazil at the
University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and at Harvard University
in April.

Two of Assistant Professor Beth Denisch's works for woodwinds
and percussion were performed at a concert benefiting IMPACT, an
organization dedicated to stopping violence and abuse.

Assistant Professor John Funkhouser released FunkHouse
, a trio album of his compositions with himself on piano,
Matt Pavolka on bass, and Blake Lindberg on drums. Funkhouser also
plays bass with 11-year-old autistic pianist Matt Savage on his
trio recording Chasing Your Tail.

Associate Professor Francine Trester's Guitar Concerto
was premiered in April by guitarist Robert Ward and conductor Eric
Sawyer at the Longy School of Music.

Assistant Professor Tony Carbone sang a song penned by
Barbara Jordan in the Stephen King movie Dreamcatcher. Carbone
also sang a tune by Songwriting Chair Jack Perricone for
the NBC series Providence.

Professor Julius Williams will receive the Gracie Allen
Award in New York on June 26. He scored Fighting for Our Future,
an award-winning documentary. Essays by Williams and Assistant Professor
Jonathan Holland appear in the book Musical Landscapes
in Color
. Williams also contributed to a book/CD compilation
of spirituals titled The Hall Johnson Collection.

In January, Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder
served on a panel at the International Association of Jazz Educators
Conference. In April, Gorder spoke about digital music and Apple
iTunes on New England Cable News.

Associate Professor Tom Stein (bass) Associate Professor
Jeff Stout (trumpet), Professor Bob Doezema (guitar),
Associate Professor Daryl Lowery (sax), and Associate Professor
Larry Finn (drums) performed with Dr. Al Kooper and the Funky
Faculty in Japan, Manchester, New Hampshire, and New York.

Instructor Sarah Brindell released her debut CD Piece
of Mind
, with Brindell on vocals and keyboards. Among the performers
are her mother, Jill Brindell (cello), her father, William Klingelhoffer
(French horn), and her aunt, Mary Stolper (flute).

Associate Professors Abigail Aronson and Norm Zocher
released their new Abby and Norm Group CD Melodic Miner's Daughter.
The disc features Associate Professor George Garzone (saxophone),
plus Bevan Manson (piano) and Brooke Sofferman (drums).

Piano Chair Stephany Tiernan performed her piano composition
"Dryadic Harmony" at the Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts
at California State University at Stanislaus in March.

Brass Chair Tom Plsek was a guest soloist and master clinician
at the Contemporary Trombone Conference held at Bowling Green State
University. His duo work The Gu Series (with dancer Marjorie
Morgan) was named one of the top-10 dance events of last year by
the Boston Globe.

Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita's Instant Guitar book/DVD
was published by Berklee Press. Fujita is currently completing a
DVD for the series Accelerate Your Guitar Playing, Vol.3.
His articles have appeared in Japanese music magazines.

Professor Greg Hopkins did a winter jazz tour in Macedonia
with guitarist Toni Kitanovski and was featured on a CD from Icelandic
saxophonist Joel Palsson. Hopkins also plays on the CD Quintology
with his quintet, featuring Professor Mick Goodrick, Woodwind
Chair Billy Pierce, and drummer Gary Chaffee, and
on the Tre Corda CD with Tim Ray (piano) and Associate Professor
Eugene Friesen (cello).

Professor Stephen Webber recently produced and played guitar
on a new CD featuring African-American gospel singer John Edmonds.
Webber's educational efforts in the areas of DJing, remixing, and
hip-hop were the subject of interviews on radio and television,
and in such newspapers as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,
the Boston Herald, and others.

Percussion Manager and vibraphonist Matthias Lupri played
on the soundtrack of the ABC TV series Alias. One of his
jazz compositions tied for third place in the Annual Billboard Song

Professor Bruce Gertz presented two shows at the Regattabar
in March with John Abercrombie (guitar), Jerry Bergonzi (saxophone),
Joey Calderazzo (piano), and Adam Nussbaum (drums). Gertz has published
two Mastering the Bass books with Mel Bay Publications. Gertz
also released the CD Dreaming Out Loud with the trio Kaufman,
Gertz, Bergonzi, and two play-along CDs to accompany his book Walkin'.

Assistant Professor and guitarist/vocalist Thaddeus Hogarth
and his band opened for Tower of Power in Hartford, Connecticut
in April.

Assistant Professor Jerry Cecco was guest conductor, arranger,
trumpeter, vocal soloist, and clinician with the Xalapa Pops Orchestra
in Xalapa, Mexico.

Associate Professor Thomas Hojnacki conducted the Claflin
Hill Symphony Orchestra and the New Word Chorale in a performance
of Bizet's Carmen in Milford, Massachusetts in April. Hojnacki's
"Quintet for Brass" was played at the June opening of the Center
for Arts in Natick.

Professor Scott Free brought a student quintet to open
for vocalist Shawnn Monteiro at the Boston Jazz Society's 30th anniversary
celebration. Two of Free's compositions were recently performed
at a concert series in Rhode Island.

Associate Professor Craig Macrae gave a presentation called
Uzbek Popular Song and Affirmation of Central Asian Muslim
in April at the Columbia University School of International

Assistant Professor and keyboardist Matt Jenson and the
14-piece Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble performed in Kingdom Rise,
Kingdom Fall: A Celebration of the Spirit
With Caribbean Flava
at the Harvard Divinity School.

Associate Professor Lisa Thorson performed in June at
JazzArtSigns: A Multimedia, Multisensory, and Interactive Jazz Event

at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Percussion Assistant Chair Yoron Israel performed with
his group Organic and guest vibraphonist Jay Hoggard at the Blue
Note jazz club.

Professor Phil Wilson mentored Berklee student Chris Dempsey,
who won the solo jazz competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop
held in April in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professor Bret Willmott penned Time for the
Future/Polyrhythm in Harmony
, for Mel Bay Publications. He released
his second CD titled Bret's Frets Side-Steppin'. His group
Bret's Euro Frets has toured Europe annually since forming in 1994.

Assistant Professor Angelamia Bachemin and her jazz/hip-hop
ensemble were part of the six-city Beats for Peace Tour in May sponsored
by the American Friends Service Committee.

Joe Smith, who stepped down as dean of the Professional
Writing Division to become a film scoring professor, was the guest
of honor at a roast at Ryles Jazz Club in May. Over 160 of his friends
and Berklee colleagues attended.