Alum Notes

  Ed Lanagan '79



Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released his latest recording, Art-Work, as part of an exclusive agreement with Origin Records, which will release all his future recordings. Visit




Composer Graham Collier of Skopelos, Magnisia, Greece, has released his book and double CD The Jazz Composer. He is also preparing the new compositions "Forty Years On" and "The Vonetta Factor" for big-band concerts in the United Kingdom in November. Visit




Paul Rene Avril of El Granada, CA, has performed with the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, and the Santa Cruz County Symphony.




Bassist George Gordon (a.k.a. G. Gordon Elliot) of Wareham, MA, worked for years as a bassist in Reno and Las Vegas, NV, backing major artists. He also served for 32 years as the band director for the city of New Bedford, MA, whose various bands, won numerous medals. In 2005 he retired from music after a medical condition left him a paraplegic. Contact him at




Composer Frank Ferrucci of New York City scored the "State of the Planet's Oceans" episode for the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth. Ferrucci has also released the CD Film Music Inspired by the Indian Railway. Visit



Lennie Peterson '79  



Drummer and songwriter Bobby Deitch of Upper Nyack, NY, released his first book, The Drummer in You. It teaches students how to play rock, r&b, and funk beats without using traditional rhythmic notation. Visit


Composer and producer Richard Niles of London, England, released Triptych, Part 2: Alexander Shulgin's Songbook, an album featuring Niles's quartet with guest soloists John Patitucci, Bob James, Billy Cobham, Bob Mintzer, Gary Husband, Grégoire Maret, and Janek Gwizdala. Niles also produced and cowrote the music for the CD True to You by Korean singer and piano virtuoso Younee. Visit In October, Younee and Niles will tour Britain.




Guitarist Charles Golomboski of Johnston, RI, has worked as a guitar teacher throughout Rhode Island. He also studied with former Berklee faculty member David Spadazzi '71.


Ruth Greenwood of Princeton, NJ, appeared at the Mamapalooza Festival at Arlene's Grocery in New York City, the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. She is currently teaching songwriting and jingle writing for recording and film projects.


Marc Macisso of Lancaster, CA, has released five smooth-jazz albums, including Movin' On. His career has also taken him on the road with Bette Midler, Al Stewart, Michael Bolton, and many other artists. He currently teaches junior-high-school music in the Palmdale School District. Visit




Guitarist Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, released Crotty Corman and Phipps Jazz Trio, featuring bassist Ron Crotty and bass trumpeter Frank Phipps. Visit



  Emiel van Egdom '81



Drummer and composer N. Glenn Davis of Twinsburg, OH, has recorded the CD Come Right In with the N. Glenn Davis Quintet and special guest Phil Woods. Visit


Vocalist Carole Demesmin Arty of Plantation, FL, created the United Haitian Artists organization to protect the interests of Haitian artists and offer opportunities to showcase their talents. She has been the recipient of several awards for her singing and advocacy of Haitian history.


Ed Lanagan of South Easton, MA, published the book Creating with the Law of Attraction: 10 Principles That Will Change Your Life. Using music as a metaphor, the book teaches the law of attraction and self-esteem and is available from Amazon. Visit



Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, performed at the New Jersey MENC (the National Association for Music Education) Conference. He also performed as a faculty soloist with the Bayonne High School Alumni Big Band.


Trombonist and visual artist Lennie Peterson of Scituate, MA, presented projections of large portraits he created of five composers for a May 15 concert sponsored by New York University at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts. Visit





Bassist Michael Dimin of Averill Park, NY, released his book The Art of Solo Bass with Mel Bay Publications. Dimin is also writing, recording, and performing with blues guitarist Rhett Tyler '73 and Early Warning. Visit


Composer Cynthia Hilts of Brooklyn, NY, premiered her piece "Larkspur" in May at the Douglass Street Music Collective in Brooklyn.


TV and film producer Gregan Wortman of Glasgow, MT, has been editing projects for Hollyflicks. And over the past 15 years, Wortman has produced independent film and TV works. Visit




Eric Hall of Healdsburg, CA, owns and runs Roadhouse Winery in the Russian River Valley. He founded and produces wine events such as Pinot on the River and Russian River Passport. Visit



From the left: Sam Purkin '88 and Warren Hill '87  



David DeQuasie of Winter Springs, FL, performs in Central Florida with his blues trio Mud Rooster and also does solo classical guitar gigs. Visit




Composer and performer Gina Biver of Falls Church, VA, and her group Fuse Ensemble premiered her piece "No Matter Where" for piano and electronics at the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Festival in Washington, DC, on May 9. The group also premiered "Darshana" by composer Gernot Reetz '82. Visit


Bassist Gabriel Espinosa of Pella, IA, released From Yucatan to Rio. The CD features Claudio Roditi '70, George Robert '84, Helio Alves '90, Antonio Sanchez '97, Anat Cohen '98, and Berklee faculty member Alison Wedding. Visit


Producer and composer Emiel van Egdom of Buffalo, NY, produced and scored the documentary 46 Lights about a children's home in Kathmandu. He also worked on live tracks for the Dutch all-female band Reincarnatus and did music engraving for a book on guitar harmony.





Pianist Barry Rocklin of Skokie, IL, is on a 2009 world tour with appearances at Pianobar Maxim in Amsterdam and Crazy Totem Bar in Skiathos, Greece. Visit



  Damon Stout '89



Guitarist Scott Cavanagh of Litchfield, NH, received his MBA in international business from Southern New Hampshire University in May. He currently works as a product line manager at Fantasy Entertainment in Salem, NH.


Guitarist Mike Dangeroux of Chicago, IL, won the 2008 GigMasters Rising Star Award for top rock band.


Songwriter and producer Rhob Elliott of Asheboro, NC, was a finalist in the Song of the Year songwriting contest for his tune "Borrowed Time." Elliott performs with the band Sixty Eight Seasons and operates Sunset Recording Studio.


Saxophonist Tommy Smith of Larkhall, Scotland, has been nominated for best new CD for his Live at Belleville at the 2009 Scottish Jazz Awards. Visit


Guitarist Kevin Twit of Nashville, TN, is working as a pastor to college students at Belmont University. He also operates an indie record label called Indelible Grace Music. Also a songwriter, Twit cowrote the song "Thou Lovely Source," which appeared on the Grammy-nominated album Redemption Songs by Jars of Clay. Visit




Saxophonist Warren Hill of Boulder, CO, won album of the year for his release La Dolce Vita and song of the year at the fifth annual Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. Sam Purkin '88, who was also honored, cowrote the CD's title track. Hill is the artist who has received the most wins in the history of the Canadian awards. Visit




Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley '92  



Drummer and composer Izzy Kieffer of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Let There Be Peace. Visit




Guitarist Bert Cotton of New Orleans, LA, and his band Bonerama performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Festival International, High Sierra Music Festival, and a jazz festival in Norway. Visit


Bassist Damon Stout of Los Angeles, CA, and his band the Diviners won best rock video and best overall video on OurStage. This summer the Diviners are on a multicity tour. Visit




  Marek Dykta '93



John Alexander of Greensboro, NC, works at NOTION Music developing music software. He previously worked at Coda Music Technology and other software companies.


Vocalist and composer Jose Conde of Brooklyn, NY, is the leader of Ola Fresca, a Latin funk ensemble. Conde also released the children's album Baby Loves Salsa: Salsa for Kittens & Puppies. Visit


Bassist Christopher Sharkey of New Orleans, LA, performs locally and recently performed at jazz festivals in Malaysia and Austria.


Songwriter and composer Colin McCaffrey of East Montpelier, VT, won first place in the bluegrass category at the 2009 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. He also cowrote "Love Gone By" with Carol Hausner for her album Still Hear Your Voice. Visit




Juan Camacho of Madrid, Spain, released La estrategia del tiempo (The Strategy of Time) with the Juan Camacho Quintet. Visit


Saxophonist Antonio Hart of Brooklyn, NY, performed original works with the United States Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble. Hart is a member of the Dave Holland group, which recently released the CD Pass It On. Visit




Bassist Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, has released his third album, Pigs Feet & Potted Meat, on his own Funkboy music label. It features keyboardist James Dower '93 and drummer Joe Goretti '00. Visit



Martin Case '94  



Keyboardist and programmer Marc Delcore of Middleton, MA, is on his fifth world tour with Britney Spears since he began working with the singer in 1999. Delcore has also lent his skills to Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Ciara, Jesse McCartney, Paulina Rubino, Joey McIntyre, Lionel Richie, and Usher.


Guitarist Marek Dykta of Maspeth, NY, recorded a duo album with John Abercrombie '67 titled Cradle of Light. Dykta wrote seven of the disc's eight original compositions. In April the duo completed a promotional tour of Poland. Visit




Saxophonist and composer Martin Case of Boston, MA, released Beyond East, chronicling a five-year shamanic journey through five countries. He plays world music and jazz with Martin Case and the Lee (which also features Francisco Molina '07) and has written original music for film, TV, and other clients. Visit




Daniel Colman of Burbank, CA, won the 2008 Motion Picture Sound Editor's Golden Reel Award for best sound effects editing on a television series for his work on Battlestar Galactica. Visit





  Lizette Santana '96

Singer/songwriter Lizette Santana of Miami, FL, released Aún sueño en ti in June, which includes the single "Extranadote estoy." Visit





Bassist Paco Charlin of Pontevedra, Spain, released the new CD Organic Motion Philosophy. Since 2000 he has taught at Seminario Permanente de Jazz de Pontevedra. Visit


Pianist and composer Toru Dodo of the Bronx, NY, has released the book Excellent Jazz Solo Piano, with Rittor Music. He also received a Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Visit


Singer/songwriter Sarah Sharp of Austin, TX, won the 2008-2009 Austin Music Award for best jazz band. Visit


Singer/songwriter Amy Ward of Franklin Park, NJ, placed her song "So Much More" in the motion picture Sunshine Cleaning, which stars Amy Adams, Alan Arkin, and Emily Blunt. Visit




Singer and guitarist Keith Cornella of Somerville, MA, and his band Broken City released Live As F--k, the band's second album. Guitarist Matt Cadarette '98 and drummer Jeff Muzerolle '99 are also featured on the recording. Visit


Mix engineer Bryan Cook of Los Angeles, CA, recorded and mixed Edendale for the Norwegian rock group Big Bang. The disc was certified platinum in Norway and is the band's fastest-selling studio album. Cook also worked on Nigel Godrich's From the Basement series featuring Damien Rice, the Eels, Autolux, Iggy Pop, the Raconteurs, Fleet Foxes, and more. Visit



Sandro Rebel '00  

Conductor Gerard Salonga of Muntinlupa, Philippines, recently conducted the FILharmoniKA Orchestra in a program of music by romantic composers. Salonga also recently made his third guest-conducting appearance with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.




Pianist and composer Marco Benevento of Brooklyn, NY, has released Me Not Me, his third recording with the Benevento Trio, which features Matt Chamberlain, Andrew Barr, and Reed Mathis. Visit


Pianist and composer Soo-Jung Kae of Seoul, Korea, performed at the Moers Festival in Germany. She was also invited to be a guest mentor in the 2009 Music OMI International residency program. Visit




Keyboardist and producer Sandro Rebel of Los Angeles, CA, recently embarked on a 14-country world tour with African singer Maria de Barros. He also performed with Brazilian star Gilberto Gil at the Hollywood Bowl. Rebel wrote four songs featured on the new album Iran Banoo by Habib. Visit



Jon Urrutia of Laukariz, Spain, recorded Jon Urrutia Monnot, a new CD featuring Patrick Cornelius '00, Peter Slavov '02, and faculty member Francisco Mela. Visit




Singer/songwriter Nick DeKoff of Nashville, TN, recorded Dig It Y'All with his group the Mulch Brothers. In April the band performed at the Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach and Detroit's Downtown Hoedown. Currently the group is touring with Armed Forces Entertainment in Saudi Arabia. Visit



  Tine Bruhn '01

Jazz vocalist Tine Bruhn of Brooklyn, NY, released her debut CD Entranced on her own label Inenomis Records. The CD features Daniela Schachter '02 on piano and Marco Panascia '02 on bass. Visit


Vocalist Andrea Capozzoli of Boston, MA, completed her new independent r&b-jazz album So Real, which features several Berklee faculty members, alumni, and students. Visit


Composer Ruth Shyu of Woburn, MA, scored the music for a half-hour documentary about the historic Park Street Church on the Freedom Trail in Boston. The film was commissioned by the church in celebration of its bicentennial. Visit


Jonathan Weed of Los Angeles, CA, currently tours and performs with SchwarZenator, a concept-parody-metal band that includes J.P. Von Hitchburg '03, Shane Gibson '03, Eloy Palacios '03, and Damion Sanchez '02. The group's album is due out this summer. Visit




Bassist Jose Bernardo of Kowloon, Hong Kong is the editor of a new Hong Kong-based music education and resources website called the Weekly Riff. Current Berklee students, alumni, and faculty are invited to send in CDs to be reviewed for the site. Visit



Katie Burduli '02  

Vocalist and keyboardist Katie Burduli of Ulm, Germany, released the CD Artist featuring six original songs and six standards. Burduli cowrote and sang a song for the soundtrack of the award-winning indie film Radio Cape Cod. Visit



Guitarist and composer Joe Conley of Medford, MA, released the album Eternal Anteater of the Universe with his band Tamandua on the Bennett Alliance label. Rick Landwehr '02 plays drums on the disc.


Pianist Markus Hauck of Brooklyn, NY, served as the pianist and assistant music director for the national tour of I Love a Piano, a revue of Irving Berlin's music. Currently he is the music director for a production of the musical The Wild Party at the 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, NJ. Visit


Vocalist Tera Johnson of Los Angeles, CA, has become a certified massage therapist and has started a business called Organic Knead. Visit


Guitarist Bryan Leitch of Durham, NC, is writing the book How to Quit Jazz. Leitch begins his first year at Duke University School of Law as a scholarship student in the fall.


Damion Sanchez of Jamaica Plain, MA, is drumming for Blue Man Group and plays on nine tracks on the forthcoming CD from SchwarZenator. In 2009 he received his MBA from Northeastern University. Visit



  Shane Gibson '03



Vocalist Leah Driscoll of Santa Monica, CA, sang "God Bless America" before an L.A. Dodgers game and performed music from her debut album Rising at the Los Angeles Pride Festival in June. She is developing new material with producer Gary Miller. Visit


Lauren Flaherty of Mendon, MA, recently released her sophomore album, You Don't Know Me. Berklee alumni featured on the disc include Ryan McCormack '03, Lindsay Gardner '05, and Jeni Magana '08. Visit


Guitarist Shane Gibson of Los Angeles, CA, has been touring with Korn in the United States and Europe. Gibson has recorded new albums with the bands Stork and SchwarZenator. Visit



Singer/songwriter Ryan Green of Tucson, AZ, released The World Awaits with his acoustic duo Ryanhood. The recording was produced by Ross Hogarth. Visit



Composer Chie Imaizumi of Denver, CO, recently presented her original big-band music with drummer Jeff Hamilton. Imaizumi's piece "Adversity" won second place in the jazz category in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. Visit


Singer/songwriter Tiff Jimber of Los Angeles, CA, released her sophomore album, Burning at Both Ends, featuring collaborations with Matt Bobb '03, Oren Hadar '02, Jonny Morrow '02, Chris Peterson '03, and Paul Cristo '01. Visit



Luis J. Santiago Sierra of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the composer and coproducer of the CD for La Banda 248 Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico titled Recuerdos y Tradición. Uziel Colon '03 wrote arrangements and Francisco Hurtado '89 and Alfredo Hurtado '89 engineered. The disc features several renowned vocalists and was a gift to families of National Guard soldiers.



Tiff Jimber '03  



Marco Pacassoni of Fano, Italy, released Latino Italiano with his band Partido Latino featuring Alex Acuña on percussion and Amik Guerra on trumpet. This summer, the band is touring Europe. Visit


Trumpeter Christian Scott of New York City recently completed a recording at the historic Van Gelder Studio with Milton Fletcher '01, Matthew Stevens '03, and Jamire Williams '03.


Steven Shewbrooks of Brooklyn, NY, was the songwriter and producer for three pop-electronic collaborations: Kyven, Andromeda by Steven, and You I Need. He also wrote music for a recent Vanity Fair event in New York. Visit


In April, vocalist Natalie Stovall of Columbia, TN, performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a Celtics game at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.


Award-winning songwriter Jesse Terry of Nashville, TN, released his debut CD, The Runner. Click Five bassist Ethan Mentzer '04 produced the album. Visit





Natalie Fernandez of Los Angeles, CA, is completing the album A Voice in a World of Echoes with her band Positive Perception. Visit



  From the left: Christian Scott '04, Kris Funn, Rudy Van Gelder, Milton Fletcher '03, Jamire Williams '03, and Matt Stevens '03.

Singer/songwriter Cristal Marie of Miami, FL, won the 2009 Casandra Award for best Latin female singer, the equivalent of a Grammy Award in her native Dominican Republic. She also won second place in the Berklee Canta en Espanol contest for her song "Confieso." Visit


Vocalist Jeremy Ragsdale of Arnold, MD, released his debut album, Jeremy, featuring big-band arrangements by his father, Scott Ragsdale '80, a former arranger for the United States Navy Band. Ragsdale and his band the Grilled Lincolns played in Korea, Japan, and Guam for U.S. troops and opened for Edwin McCain on some dates. Visit


Francesca Reggio of Woburn, MA, and Blue Shift released their debut EP, State of Motion, featuring six of Reggio's originals. The band includes drummer Lou Paniccia '05, keyboardist Pamela Gouveia '05, and Andreas Farmakalidis '07. Visit


Guitarist Georgi Sareski of Skopje, Macedonia, released the album Amam with his band the Skopje Connection, featuring Luca Aquino (trumpet) and Dzijan Emin (French horn). The album was recorded in an ancient Turkish bath. Visit




Stephanie Dominguez of Aventura, FL, released the CD single "Alright" from her forthcoming studio album due out in October. Visit



Jesse Terry '04  

Mark Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, and his production company signed an exclusive production and licensing deal with Audition, the world's largest online dance battle game. His company also did production work and wrote for the Japanese hit song "Puzzle" sung by megastar Mai Kuraki. Visit


Composer Keith Kenniff of Portland, OR, placed a composition in the Oscar-nominated film Revolutionary Road. Kenniff and his band Boy in Static released the CD Candy Cigarettes. Visit


Graham Lathrop of Los Angeles, CA, recently played guitar and engineered on a forthcoming album by Robert Francis for Atlantic Records. Lathrop is currently the stage manager for the Ry Cooder/Nick Lowe European summer tour.


Songwriter Kati O'Toole of Bigfork, MT, released her debut album, On Ashland, available through iTunes. She also released an EP with SnowGhost Music, which is available at




Bassist Ashleigh Deanne Caudill of Fort Collins, CO, released her first solo album, I'm Not Fallin'. Caudill also plays with the band Silver Dagger based in North Carolina. Visit



  Carley Tanchon '08

Composer Zeltia Montes of Los Angeles, CA, has received numerous awards and accolades for her film scores. She recently won the Director's Choice Gold Medal for Excellence award for the feature film Pradolongo, and the Award of Merit for Best Original Score for the documentary film El Camino del Cid. Visit


Guitarist Simon Yu of New York City toured China, where his show at the Shanghai Concert Hall was broadcast via TV and radio. Yu also released his second album, Exotic Species, which features faculty guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski. Visit




Chantel Hampton of Worcester, MA, released the debut album Contagious, which is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon. For each album sold, a dollar will be donated to Berklee's City Music Network Program. Visit


Marye Lobb of Boston, MA, has taken a position at Shore Fire Media. The company offers a do-it-yourself publicity and marketing service to help emerging artists gain media attention. Visit



Juan C. Rodriguez '09  

Joe Matzzie of West Hollywood, CA, arranged and produced a melancholy version of the song "We're in the Money," which aired on the public-radio program Marketplace. Trumpeter Christopher Lane '07 played on the recording. Visit


Songwriter Carley Tanchon of Nashville, TN, released the debut CD Peridot. The disc of her folk-rock originals was coproduced by Blaze McKenzie '08. Visit





Guitarist Matthew Baamonde of Herndon, VA, operates Baazar Music Productions, providing music services for film, television, and commercials. Recent projects include music for LuvChat, Gillette, and a trailer for the independent film 3:16 AM. Visit


Composer Juan C. Rodriguez of Providence, RI, has worked as an arranger and recording engineer with major Latin music stars. He is currently composing music for dramatic productions for Telemundo/NBC in Miami.