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Composition Professor Julius Williams's original piece "A Journey to Freedom, Honor, and Glory," was premiered March 19 at the Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, Virginia. The work, comprising contemporary classical, gospel, jazz, blues, and rock styles, was performed by the Reston Chorale and a 50-piece orchestra. The multimedia performance included documentary clips, photographs, and original narration. The work celebrates the life of the civil-rights activist Jonathan Myrick Daniels.

Piano Department Assistant Professor Matt Jenson recently traveled to Jamaica, where he conducted interviews with those connected with the late Bob Marley. While there, Jenson was interviewed for a feature in the Jamaican Observer. On February 6, Marley's birthday, Jenson was a guest speaker at the Brecht Forum in New York City.

Bass Department Chair Rich Appleman traveled to Russia to present a week of clinics and concerts in March. He backed singers Mara Bonde and David Ripley in a program featuring American songs.

Percussion Department Assistant Chair Yoron Israel and his band Organic performed at the Blue Note in February for a CD release party for their newest release, Basic Traneing. Organic features Israel (drums), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Ed Cherry '76 (guitar), Woodwinds Department Chair Bill Pierce (saxophone), and Kyle Koehler (organ).

Associate Professor Marti Epstein composed a piece called "Angel of Memory" for the CORE Ensemble which will begin performing the work in January 2005.

  Assistant Guitar Chair Rick Peckham released Left End

Guitar Department Assistant Chair Rick Peckham released Left End, his debut recording as a leader. Peckham is backed by drummer Jim Black '90 and bassist Tony Scher. The disc features 12 original jazz compositions and free pieces.

Music Business/Management Department Chair Don Gorder was elected vice president of NAMBI (NAMM-Affiliated Music Business Institutions). Gorder also served as a panelist and moderator at both the IAJE and Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association conferences.

Associate Professor of Guitar Lauren Passarelli released the CD Shadow Language with her group Two Tru. The disc features 16 of her original songs.

Saxophonist and Associate Professor Daryl Lowery released a new CD with his acid jazz group titled Instant!Groove featuring Yoron Israel (drums), Assistant Chair of Guitar Rick Peckham, Assistant Professor Ron Mahdi (bass), and Assistant Professor Dennis Montgomery III (Hammond B3 organ). Visit

Assistant Professor of Strings Mimi Rabson was featured in solo violin performances at Passion Records showcases held at Johnny D's in April and June. Rabson's latest CD Music has received enthusiastic reviews.

Trumpeter and Associate Professor of Harmony Wayne Naus played the Canadian National Anthem at Fenway Park before the opening of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays game on April 10.

Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing Mirek Kocandrle has expanded his book Pop Rock Sounds and Vibes of the 20th Century. The book catalogs essential information about artists and styles in American popular music. Visit

Flutist and Professor Wendy Rolfe was one of the flute soloists with the New England String Ensemble at Jordan Hall in a performance of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. Additionally, she presented a series of recitals titled A Potpourri of Brazilian Works for Flute and Piano with pianist Maria Jose Carrasqueira.

Guitarist and Associate Professor John Stein released Interplay with Associate Professor John Lockwood (bass) and Yoron Israel (drums).

In April, Associate Professor of Percussion Nancy Zeltsman performed "Island Music," a composition by Michael Tilson Thomas, with fellow marimba player Jack Van Geem and members of the New World Symphony at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. In July they will perform at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival at The Boston Conservatory. Zeltsman and Van Geem's duo CD Pedro & Olga Learn to Dance will be released in July.

Ensemble Department Associate Professor Bruno Raberg's latest CD, Ascensio, received a four-star review in a recent issue of Down Beat and a review in Bass Player magazine as well.

Drum Instructor Dave Cowan, and his band ESO released their new CD, Son of a Gun, in March. The band features Cowan (drums), Katz Goto '03 (bass), Tak Tanaka '03 (guitar), German Schauss '03 (guitar), and Star (vocals). ESO will tour throughout the summer. Visit

Guitar Instructor Scott Tarulli has released his new CD entitled Transitions. Visit

Piano Department Professor Laszlo Gardony and his trio, featuring Yoron Israel (drums) and Associate Professor John Lockwood (bass) recently played at the Seattle Art Museum and at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. Gardony also played with the David "Fathead" Newman Quartet and with the Wayfaring Strangers on National Public Radio's World Café program.

Associate Professor and cellist Eugene Friesen  

Contemporary Writing and Production Instructor Sarah Brindell's new CD release Piece of Mind, features Mauricio Zottarelli '02 (drums) as well as current Berklee student Dave Mooney (bass). Visit

Berklee staff member, vocalist, and guitarist Marc Herman released the CD Neon, featuring Haddon Kime '00 (piano), Nathan Thompson '92 (songwriter), and Library Manager Ralph Rosen (harmonica). For more information on Marc Herman, visit:

Guitar Department Associate Professor Julien Kasper released the CD Flipping Time, featuring faculty members Matt Jenson and Bruce Katz (Hammond B3 organ), Zac Casher '90 and Marty Richards '85 (drums), and Marty Ballou and Ed Spargo '85 (bass). Visit

  Assistant Professor David Newsam

String Department Associate Professor Eugene Friesen released the CD In the Shade of Angels featuring Tim Ray (piano), Associate Professor Jamey Haddad (percussion), and Jody Elff (guitar, computer).Visit

Assistant Professor of Guitar David Newsam has released a CD of classical guitar music with his Back Bay Guitar Trio, featuring Steve Marchena and John Mason. The disc showcases arrangements and transcriptions of music by Schubert, Mozart, J.S. Bach, Barrios, and others. Visit