Joe Matzzie

Composer and arranger Joe Matzzie of Los Angeles, CA, finished production on the new album Christmas at the Renaissance Fair by Moat Jumper. The album also features trombonist Paul Nowell '07. The album was released October 18.

Livia Lin

Composer Livia Lin of Brighton, MA, is a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation 2011 Emerging Artists Program award. Among roughly 150 candidates, approximately 15 are selected annually for individual awards of $2,500. Visit

Jake Hetzog


Guitarist Jake Hertzog of Brooklyn, NY, released Evolution on Buckyball Music. The CD release party was held at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.


Veronica Hernandez


Singer and songwriter Verónica Hernandez, from South Dennis, MA, performs as Veronica Isabel. She recently released her first album No More Victoria. Visit

Chris Vasquez


Guitarist Chris Vazquez of Los Angeles, CA, recently became the guitarist for Kylee, a Japanese pop star on the Sony Japan label. Vazquez also began working with Grammy-nominated artist N'dambi, and his rock band Los Einstein was offered a record deal.


Will Snyder

Guitarist Will Snyder of Lake Grove, NY, and Casselberry, FL, and his band One31 won Orlando's Next Big Thing competition in July 23. The band released their self-titled album this summer and Snyder and produced the group's YouTube video. Visit

Adam Shenk

Songwriter Adam Shenk of New York City recently had his song "Warning Shot" featured on MTV's Real World: Las Vegas. Shenk has also received several instrumental placements on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Visit

Ana Lisa Portillo

Ana Lisa Portillo of Boston codirects and performs on vihuela and vocals with Mariachi Palenque, which was awarded Boston's Best Mariachi 2011 award by El Planeta, the largest Spanish-language publication in Massachusetts. Previously, Portillo performed with La Tuza, a 2010 nominee for Boston's Best World Music.

Daniel Ori

Bassist and composer Daniel Ori of New York City is working on his second album, Emuna, due out at the end of the year. The album features Mark Turner '90, Ziv Ravitz '04, Oz Noy, and Sam Barsh. Ori has also released an app entitled Classical Melody Book through the iTunes store.

Ian Flores-Dozol


Arranger Ian Flores-Dozol of Benito Juárez, Mexico, wrote the arrangement for the MTV Unplugged album for Mexican multi-Grammy Award winner Zoé. The album was released in February and achieved double-platinum status in August.