Rätus Flisch

Rätus Flisch of Unterengstringen, Switzerland, plays bass for Armen Donelian, Tom Schuman, and Lee Pearson. He leads four bands of his own, has released several CDs, and teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts. Visit flischnews.ch.

Thomas Berthold

Thomas Berthold of Munich, Germany, and his band Coloured Lips released the song “Sleepwalking (to Your House),” with an accompanying video. Visit colouredlips.com.

Kevin Crosby

Kevin Crosby of Shoreline, WA, and his band the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra (Z.E.R.O.) released a CD on Cordelia Records. He is also a music instructor for the nonprofit Friendship Adventures. Visit zeroensemble.com.

Erik Applegate

Born to Wander (from the left): Eric Applegate ’89, Kate Skinner, and Steve Kovalcheck
Born to Wander (from the left): Eric Applegate ’89, Kate Skinner, and Steve Kovalcheck

Erik Applegate of Greeley, CO, released an album with his indie jazz-Americana trio Born to Wander. The group is playing shows nationally this year. Visit borntowanderband.com.

Brenda Padula

Brenda Padula of Franklin, MA, released her first CD, My Foolish Heart, with Mac Chrupcala, Alan Bernstein, Gray Sargent ’73, Mike Coffey, and Frank Padula.

Donny McCaslin

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin of Brooklyn, NY, released the EDM-influenced album Fast Future via Greenleaf Music. Visit donnymccaslin.com.

Mike Dobkowski (aka Karttikeya)

Mike Dobkowski (aka Karttikeya) of Princeton, NJ, released the CD The Transcendent State with Vincent Pierce Smith and the group Turiya. He recorded and mixed the album at Music Together Studios, a facility that he manages. Visit turiyamusic.com.

Satoko Fujii

Satoko Fujii ’87
Satoko Fujii ’87
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Kazue Yokai

Satoko Fujii of Tokyo, Japan, and the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin released the album Ichigo Ichie. She also released the Satoko Fujii Tobira album Yamiyo Ni Karasu, and appeared on the recording Uminari by Kaze. Visit satokofujii.com.

Joe Doyle

Joe Doyle ’87
Joe Doyle ’87
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Tanner Roman

Joe Doyle of Nashville, TN, penned the Alabama song “In Pictures,” which Craig Wayne Boyd, last year’s winner of The Voice performed. It debuted at number three on the Billboard country sales chart. Visit joedoylesongs.com.

Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, won the Society of Composers and Lyricists’ Spotlight Award in recognition of his work at the Tribeca Film Festival. He scored the Ken Burns film Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, as well as Dirty Weekend, Prescription Thugs, and Harry & Snowman. Visit joelgoodman.com.