Assistant professor Peter Bufano penned music for the documentary Humor Abuse, the Big Apple Circus, and Vegas Nocturne (produced by Spiegelworld). Bufano also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and played accordion and wrote music for the 2015 International Contemporary Circus Festival in Chicago. Visit peterbufano.com.
Assistant professor Vadim Neselovskyi and his Agricultural Dreams Trio recorded a new CD featuring Gary Burton. Neselovskyi appears on another album with Arkady Shilkloper, and completed a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Visit seriousmusicmedia.com.
Liberal Arts professor Henry Tate of Boston, MA, passed away on August 11 at his home. He was 73. Tate joined the faculty in 1985 and became a very popular teacher, passing along his infectious love for fine art to countless students for nearly three decades. He earned bachelors degrees from Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He held curatorial positions in the education departments of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Additionally, he was a lecturer at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and the James Joyce Society in New York and Dublin. Tate leaves a brother and two sisters.
Guitar professor Garrison Fewell of Somerville, MA, died on July 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 61. Fewell had performed at New York’s Blue Note and played throughout America, and in Europe, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. He began teaching at Berklee in 1977 and authored four books on improvisation. He recorded 13 albums on various labels and two with the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, which he founded. In recent years, he explored free jazz and divided his time between teaching at Berklee and playing in the United States while maintaining a performance and teaching schedule from his home in Bergamo, Italy. Fewell is survived by his wife, Emy, and his son, Alex.
Former Berklee instructor Anthony D. Tripoli of Methuen, MA, passed away on September 20, 2014. He was 84. Tripoli had backed many famous artists including Billie Holiday, Bob Hope, and others. He leaves a daughter and a sister.