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Faculty Notes

  David Fiuczynski
  Associate Professor David Fiuczynski

The song cycle Songs of Experience by Assistant Professor of Composition Jonathan Holland was premiered by soprano Caprice Corona and pianist Sarah Bob at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. Holland has also been commissioned to compose a ballet for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

The latest CD by Assistant Professor David Scott, Shade, was named by Jazz Education Journal as one of 2004's top five vocal releases. The record also received 4.5 out of five stars in an review, which describes Scott as an "indisputable jazz artist [who] belongs in the spotlight."

Harpist and Associate Professor Felice Pomeranz and her quartet played for Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko on behalf of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation at the JFK Library.

Associate Professor of Guitar John Baboian returned from South Africa, where he performed and taught clinics at the Music Academy of Gauteng, Johannesburg, as well as at Artscape and the South African Association of Jazz Educators Conference, in Cape Town. Bassist Bob Sinicrope '78 accompanied Baboian.

Professor Victor Wallis co-edited Hip-Hop, Race, and Cultural Politics, a text covering the origins of hip-hop, its rapid spread through pop culture, and its role in political activism.

The new CD Live at Bose by Assistant Professor of Guitar Thaddeus Hogarth features 10 original songs recorded using new Bose performance amplification technology. Bose is distributing the CD and using it in a national product-demonstration campaign. Visit

A four-page feature article on Associate Professor of Harmony Bruce Katz ran in the February/ March issue of Blues Revue. Katz's latest CD, A Deeper Blue, received a positive review in JazzTimes, and has spent 3 months on the Living Blues radio chart, peaking at number 13.

Piano instructor Rebecca Cline performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as one of five finalists chosen for the first annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition. The winner goes on to play the 11th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Visit to see a broadcast of the competition.

Associate Professor of Film Scoring Sheldon Mirowitz completed the score for National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, a PBS miniseries hosted by actor Edward Norton, about the earth's ecological crises. Mirowitz has also been working on The Heywood Boys, as well as a documentary on U.S. public official Sargent Shriver, and a six-hour PBS miniseries on global health.

Screaming Headless Torsos, led by guitarist and Associate Professor David Fiuczynski released the new CD 2005, which was coproduced by MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko and made possible by a Berklee recording grant. The band also released the double DVD Live!! In New York & Paris. Fiuczynski also recently performed with Steve Coleman and Meshell Ndegeocello at the Sons D'Hiver Festival in Paris. Visit

Julius Williams's Cantata, a choral and instrumental tribute to American civil rights hero Jonathan Daniels, will be presented as a large-scale multimedia event October 16 at the Colonial Theatre, in Keene, New Hampshire. Visit

Peter Gardner  
General Education Professor Peter Gardner  

General Education Professor Peter Gardner published the second edition of his college text New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking (Cambridge University Press). More than 100 colleges and universities are using the textbook.

Associate Professor of Percussion Kenwood Dennard performed his composition "Blues for Elvin" at a Tribute to Elvin Jones at the college. Dennard has also recently recorded with guitarist and Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita, and performed with the Indian jazz-fusion group Karyshma.

Associate Professor of Percussion Jamey Haddad played drums on Nancy Wilson's Grammy-winning CD RSVP.

Associate Professor and mandolin player John McGann has written arrangements for a performance featuring the group Wayfaring Strangers and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in June.

Bassist and Assistant Professor John Funkhouser has been touring with the progressive jazz trio Katahdin's Edge led by pianist Willie Myette '93. Visit

Professional Writing Division Dean Kari Juusela has been named cowinner of the 2005 International Trumpet Guild's Composition Contest. His piece Smoke, Fog, Mirrors will be premiered this June at the ITG Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Berklee Faculty String Trio, featuring Assistant Professor Sandra Kott (violin), Professor Melissa Howe (viola), and cellist Arnold Friedman, recently performed with pianist Shaylor Lindsay at the Concerts for a Cause Series at Follen Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Assistant Chair of Percussion Yoron Israel has been touring the United States with former Ray Charles saxophone sideman David "Fathead" Newman. Newman's sextet has been performing a tribute to Charles titled "I Remember Brother Ray."

Percussionist and Associate Professor Kim Plainfield recorded and produced the new ESC Records CD by former Return to Forever guitarist Bill Connors. Plainfield will tour with Connors this summer, with an appearance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a performance at the Telluride jazz festival in Colorado on the schedule.

The latest CD from guitarist and Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli, Shadow Language, was a top five finalist in the Independent Music Awards cover art and photography category. Keyboardist Cindy Brown '83 designed the CD's artwork.

Piano Instructor Ross Ramsay released the CD, Late September, which features faculty members Casey Scheuerell and Larry Finn (drums), Ricardo Monzon (percussion), Matt Marvuglio (flute), and Dino Govoni (sax).