Mari Yamashita

Mari Yamashita of Suzuka, Japan, released Efflorescence, her fifth CD of original compositions. It features Hiroshi Fukutomi ’06, Yuta Omino, and Yosuke Nagayama. Visit mariyamashita.com.

Matt Steinberg

Matt Steinberg of Shirley, MA, performs with the band Atlas Soul, and builds custom percussion instruments.

Victor Prieto

Accordionist Victor Prieto of New York, NY, performs with his trio, and will give master classes in Ourense, Spain in July. Visit victorprieto.net.

Jon Boutin


Jon Boutin ’02

Jon Boutin of Kaarst, Germany, received a gold record for his work with the group Die Broilers. He leads his own quartet and big band, and he plays trumpet for Adams Brass. Visit jonboutin.com.

Gianni Chiarello

Gianni Chiarello of Bournemouth, United Kingdom, released the album Gianni Chiarello and the Same Beat, a collection of original tunes, featuring Ray Drury, Stuart Ross, and Richard Preston. Visit giannichiarello.com.

Ryan Tucker

Ryan Tucker of Tarzana, CA, is an audio software and hardware quality assurance engineer for Sound Machine LLC. He also runs TuckerMix.com, a boutique music mixing service.

Jaleel Shaw

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, and drummer Kendrick Scott ’03 performed on the soundtrack for the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead, with contributions from Robert Glasper.

Kai Narezo


Kai Narezo ’99

Kai Narezo of Los Angeles, CA, released the flamenco album Contra Tiempo, featuring Jorge Perez Gonzalez ’12, Tuti Fernandez ’01, and Sean Gould ’93. Narezo cowrote the book A Compás: The Flamenco Guitar Survival Guide. Visit kainarezo.com.

Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly of New York City released Don’t Let Me Be Alone, an album of original pop music. The track “Fear of Landing” appeared in the film #50Fathers. Visit peterkellymusic.com.

Gerard Salonga


Gerard Salonga ’98

Gerard Salonga of Parañaque City, Philippines, will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a March collaboration with the Beach Boys at Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Salonga also conducted the orchestra in sold-out concerts featuring music from Harry Potter films.

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