Archive: Faculty Notes

  From the left: Faculty members Karen Carr, Scott Tarulli, and Christine Fawson and their band Beantown performed for the New England Patriots at a post-Superbowl party in Phoenix.

In February, Assistant Professor Aruán Ortiz toured with the Wallace Roney Quintet and made stops in New York, Tallahassee, and San Francisco. Ortiz is currently touring Spain and Italy with Greg Osby, Eric McPherson, and faculty member Esperanza Spalding.

Boston r&b band Beantown performed at the New England Patriots' post-Super Bowl party in Phoenix. Beantown was the only Boston-area band featured and includes faculty members Karen Carr, Christine Fawson, and Scott Tarulli.

Associate Professor Sal DiFusco released the new CD Vanishing Mist. Visit

Associate Professor Apostolos Paraskevas performed his third guitar concerto, Lament for the Balkans, at the V Guitar Virtuosos Music Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Paraskevas also released the CD Portraits, which features two of his original compositions, "Nadir" and "Slave Story."

Assistant Professor Francisco Noya recently conducted the Russica Musica Antigua Chamber Players at the Capella Music Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli released several new digital singles on CD Baby and iTunes, including "Bellabye," "Time to Groove," and "All the Words."

Professor Jon Damian released his second book, The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary, which was published by Berklee Press.

Assistant Professor Winston Maccow participated in clinics in Boston with drummer and Berklee Alumnus John Blackwell.

Associate Professor John McGann presented the concert Mandolin Madness 2 at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert featured faculty members Dave Hollender, Casey Scheuerell, and Jim Kelly, Berklee staff member Oisin McAuley, and an assortment of alumni and students.

Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey will tour Costa Rica this June offering master classes and performances with top student performers from Jazz Revelation Records. Jazz Revelation has also completed the new CD Common Ground.

Assistant Professor Mimi Rabson has published several articles in Teen Strings magazine.

Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky released the CD Join the Club featuring both original compositions and Latin-jazz arrangements of standards and popular songs. The CD features faculty members Eric Byers, Fernando Huergo, Bertram Lehmann, Ernesto Diaz, as well as several alumni and Grammy Award winners Jay Ashby and Kim Nazarian.

Assistant Professor Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery released the CD If Dreams Come True and will continue her 12-year tenure with Steely Dan as a backup singer on the band's summer 2008 tour.

Instructor Sergio Bellotti performed at the NAMM show in California and presented clinics in Italy with saxophonist Rocco Ventrella.

Assistant Professor Chris Buono released a textbook titled M-Audio for the Recording Guitarist.

Percussion Professor Ed Saindon will present a clinic at the Vienna Conservatory of Music and play at the Vienna jazz club Porgy & Bess in May. Saindon's latest CD, Depth of Emotion, has received national and international radio play.

In March the book Silver Spoon by Assistant Professor Amy Merrill was read at the York Theatre Company in New York as part of its Developmental Reading Series.

Professor Bruce Gertz released a CD titled Reptilian Fantasies, featuring faculty trumpeter Ken Cervenka. Visit

The Be-Bop Guitars-which features faculty members John Baboian, Larry Baione, Garrison Fewell, John Marasco, John Wilkins, Jerry Seeco, Rich Greenblatt, Ron Mahdi, and Jon Hazilla - released the new CD Freshly Painted Blues. Visit

Assistant Professor Marlon Saunders sang "That's How You Know" on the Academy Awards telecast and in the movie Enchanted.

Associate Professor Jane Miller writes articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine and the websites and

Professor Joe Santerre completed his third book with CD, Finger-Style Funk Bass Lines for Berklee Press.

Instructor Marty Walsh arranged, produced, and played guitar on the song "The Friend of Africa," which was cowritten by alumnus Steve Kercher.

Associate Professor Suzanne Clark completed the certification process as an instructor of tai chi and qigong.

Assistant Professor Mikael Ringquist recently performed Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos at New York's Lincoln Center.

Assistant Professor Daniela Schachter participated as a piano faculty member at Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, a composers' and performers' workshop, in Washington, D.C.

Professor Karen Wacks was the keynote speaker at the Brown Bag Presentation for the Adolescent Development & Participation Unit at UNICEF in New York City.

Associate Professor Richie Hart will soon release two new CDs, Silent Conversations and Old School New School. Visit

Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita recently toured Japan with the Takanori Niida New York Power Trio and released the new guitar instructional DVD "More" Accelerate Your Guitar Playing.

Bass Department Chair Rich Appleman released a CD with the Sandy Prager Trio titled Beyond Borders.

Assistant Professor Andrea Pejrolo released the book and DVD titled Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer for Focal Press.

Associate Professor David Scott and Assistant Professor John Arcaro performed with the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston to raise funds for Parkinson's disease research. Scott's vocal jazz quintet Vocalogy also toured the East Coast.

Last fall, Professor Robert Doezema played in New York, Czech Republic, and Japan with Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty featuring faculty fellow members Jeff Stout, Daryl Lowery, Larry Finn, and Jesse Williams.

In April the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, featuring composer/saxophonist Oliver Lake, will perform original works by faculty composers Darrell Katz, Bob Pilkington, and Norm Zocher at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Visit