Composer and accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman was commissioned to write the piece Damagomi for the famed Silk Road Ensemble, led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The group worked on the piece with Ward-Bergeman during a weeklong residency at Harvard University in September. Visit www.mjwb.co.uk.
Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas of Brooklyn, NY, released his third album as a leader on the artist-run label BJUR. The CD, entitled From Now On, features Dan Blake on saxophone, Richie Barshay on drums, and Moto Fukushima on electric bass. Special guests on the album include Gil Goldstein '71 and Franco Pinna.
Guitarist Lupa Santiago of São Paulo, Brazil, recently released two new albums Sexteto: Lupa Santiago and Regra de Três. Santiago has also released three new books: Modern Improvisation, New Dictionary of Chords and Voice Leading, and Play Along: Odd Meters in Brazilian Music. Santiago is also the vice director of Souza Lima, a Berklee International Network school in Brazil. Visit www.lupasantiago.com.
Vocalist and composer Brooke Fox of Brooklyn, NY, spent the summer performing in various venues. Notably she performed at the 20th anniversary celebration of Youth Leadership Foundation, a program for youth with disabilities. Visit www.brookefox.com.
Vocalist Shakti Thara of New York City recently released her debut album, Feminenergy. She has been touring Europe promoting her album, interviewing, and making appearances at music-industry events. Visit www.shaktionline.com.
Musical director Mehmet Ali Sanlikol of Boston released the double CD A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul. The album has been placed on the Grammy ballot and features Engin Günaydin '08, Cem Mutlu '94, Ekin Cengizkan '11, Bertram Lehman '95, Jorge Perez-Albela '97,Sam Dechenne '07, Noam Sender '91, and Cagri Erdem '11.
Sean-David McGoran of Fort Smith, AR, completed a master of divinity degree studies at Liberty University. McGoran is in the process of writing a book on meditation for musicians. Visit www.thetunedinmusician.com.