Bruno Raberg

Professor Bruno Raberg (bass) released a duo album with trumpeter Phil Grenadier titled Plunge. A CD release concert was held at the Lily Pad Gallery in Cambridge, MA, in April. Raberg also did a two-week tour of Japan with Tiger Okoshi that included clinics at the Hokkaido Groove Camp. Visit www. brunoraberg.com.

 

Marco Pignataro

Marco Pignataro, the managing director for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, performed in February at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Assistant Professor of Piano Nando Michelin (piano), Paolo Orlandi (drums), and John Patitucci (bass).

 

Stan Strickland

Associate Professor of Voice Stan Strickland is the codirector of Express Yourself, an organization that will receive the Embracing the Legacy Award on June 14 from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Express Yourself gives at-risk youth exposure to the arts.

 

Lauren Passarelli

Professor of Guitar Lauren Passarelli recently released the CD Blast of Love, her fifth album on Feather Records. Visit www.laurenpassarelli.com.

 

Tiger Okoshi

Professor of Brass Tiger Okoshi played for a crowd of 10,000 people in Boston’s Copley Square with a student ensemble for the Japan Spring Day Festival. In May, Okoshi was in Milan, Italy, to perform with Sadao Watanabe raising funds for victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake.

 

Amy Merrill

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Amy Merrill wrote the libretto for the musical Silver Spoon, with music and lyrics by Si Kahn. Last year it was staged at the Theater in Cambridge, MA, and in April and May 2012 it ran at Heritage Music Theatre in Sebastopol, CA.

 

Neil Leonard

Professors Neil Leonard and JoAnne Brackeen performed at the American Music Festival in Shanghai. Also, along with Tan Dun and Quincy Jones, Leonard judged student music compositions for film and video for the Digital Audio China competition.

 

Andrea “Ani” Johnson

Associate Professor of Music Business Andrea “Ani” Johnson spoke at the MIDEM Conference in Cannes, France, and presented a paper on music super- vision at the MEIEA Summit 2012 in Los Angeles. At the April “Rethink Music” conference, she presented a workshop on music licensing.

 

Jeannie Gagné

Associate Professor of Voice Jeannie Gagné penned the book, Your Singing Voice, published by Berklee Press.

 

David Thorne Scott

Associate Professor David Thorne Scott released a new jazz–pop crossover album titled Hopeful Romantic. The album features faculty members Christine Fawson, Larry Finn, Scarlet Keys, and John Stein.

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