Torsten de Winkel

Guitarist Torsten de Winkel of NeuIsenburg, Germany, is the director of Bimbache openART, a global initiative that hosts an annual music festival in the Canary Islands. UNESCO has hailed the effort’s artistic cooperation among world cultures. De Winkel is also a member of bassist Hellmut Hattler’s German jazz-electronica ensemble. Visit

Sakae Tauchi

Sakae Tauchi of Tokorozawa City, Japan, is producing acrylic artwork using recycled staff notation paper. He has created CD cover art for 10 titles, including his own albums.


Markku Kietala

Singer/songwriter Markku Kietala of Helsinki, Finland, played all instruments for and engineered the recording The Poet, The Bard, The Pagan for his solo project South of the Rubicon. Visit


Juancho Herrera

Juancho Herrera of Long Island City, NY, produced the CD Banda featuring original compositions inspired by an urban, modern vision of Latin America. Visit


Stefan Held

Stefan Held of Brooklyn, NY, and his company Steven Hero Productions LLC released the single “We Are the Ones” featuring singer and actor Tituss Burgess.


Johanna Grussner

Vocalist Johanna Grussner of Stockholm, Sweden, released Come Rain or Come Shine, a CD featuring a program of jazz and Latin standards. Fredrik Gille ’95 played percussion on the disc. Visit


Julian Graciano

Guitarist Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, played with jazz pianist Harry Waters, the son of former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters.


Pablo Ablanedo

Pianist Pablo Ablanedo of Cambridge, MA, is recording the album Recontradoble with his octet, which features various Berklee alumni. Visit


WesFest 7 Raises $25,000

Peter Gordon

WesFest 7, the seventh annual WesFest benefit concert, took place at the Roxy in Los Angeles on March 4. More than 300 attendees enjoyed a four-hour concert that was memorable not only for its energy but also for its record-breaking fundraising results.

Teodross Avery

Saxophonist Teodross Avery of Oakland, CA, and his group performed at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as at other international destinations. Visit