LA Newsbriefs

  From the left: Tim Blane, Neara Russell, Josh Evington, and Keppie Couts participated in ASCAP's Lester Sill songwriting workshop.
  Frederik Wiedmann



In typical fashion, the Los Angeles Berklee Alumni Chapter closed out 2011 with its annual Southern California Holiday Party. As proof of the vibrancy of the Los Angeles alumni community, nearly 300 alumni attended and helped to make the event a smash hit. This year brought enormous success and accomplishments to the Berklee Los Angeles chapter, and we look forward to bigger and brighter things in 2012.

Frederik Wiedmann '05 signed on to score Green Lantern: The Animated Series by Warner Bros., which will officially launch in spring 2012. In November 2011, a one-hour special debuted the series to rave reviews, including one in the November 11, 2011, issue of Variety that proclaimed, "Frederik Wiedmann's rousing score makes the show a near-cinematic experience." The show will be the first fully computer-generated animated series on the Cartoon Network.

Most recently, Wiedmann was nominated for the animation field's top honor, the Annie Awards, in the Music in an Animated Feature Production category. Our own Peter Gordon '78 played flutes on the score. Kevin Kliesch '92 was also nominated in this category for his scoring on ThunderCats.

Continuing with honors and awards, Benny Faccone '78 added two more Latin Grammys to his collection. Faccone won in the Best Engineered Album category for Drama Y Luz, by Mexican pop/rock group Maná. He also won another Latin Grammy award in the Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. In total, Faccone now has an impressive nine Latin Grammy Awards and four Grammy Awards.

Additional congrats to LA.-based engineers and mixers Gustavo Borner '89, Nick Baxter '07 and Justin Moshkevich '07, who were behind the boards on other Latin Grammy Award-winning recordings.

For all the Mad Men fans out there, composer David Carbonara '85 scored a special suite for a November 2011 New York Pops concert titled "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era." Since the show's creation in 2007, Carbonara has been the theme composer for Mad Men.

Tim Blane '03, Josh Evington '11, Keppie Coutts '07, and Neara Russell '10 participated in the 2011 ASCAP Lester Sill Workshop for advanced songwriters. This year's 14 workshop participants were carefully selected from more than 100 applicants to attend a series of events at ASCAP's Los Angeles headquarters. The workshops covered topics on music publishing, film and TV licensing, creative collaboration, and the craft of songwriting.

In February 2012, Beto Hale '96 will release his independently produced bilingual (Spanish and English) album Rebirth. All songs were written, produced, and arranged by Hale, who also contributed drum, percussion, guitar, keyboard, and vocal tracks to the project. Coproduced by C.J. Boggs, Pro Tools operator for Taylor Swift, the album was recorded at Hale's home studio in Encino, CA. It features world-renowned musicians Tony Levin (bassist for Peter Gabriel) and the guitar work of Marc Mann (orchestrator for Danny Elfman). Most recently, Hale was hired as Recording magazine's editor at large for Los Angeles, overseeing articles, interviews, and reviews focusing on the L.A. scene.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for updates in 2012.

-Justine Taormino '06
Alumni Regional Representative, Los Angeles