Berklee today

JUN 2013

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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Alumnotes John Paesano '00 Hiromi Uehara '03 Composer Oscar Micheli from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is releasing his second album, Reason of Life, featuring all original music. Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation). He has worked with composers Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and for Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, released the new album The Soundtrack of Things to Come. Visit Peter Stoltzman of Denver, CO, is the head of piano at the University of Colorado at Denver, where Sean McGowan '99 is the head of guitar. He is also the faculty director of the Stanford Jazz Camp. Visit www. Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee of Boston, MA, and H. Scott Salinas '00 composed the orchestral score for the feature flm Elemental. Visit www. 2000 Elik Alvarez of Pasadena, CA, together with Joel Douek and Freddy Sheinfeld '01, composed music for the documentary flm Kingdom of Plants. It was nominated for awards by the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain, and the International Film Music Critics Association. John Paesano of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production for Dragons: 36 Berklee today Michaela Eremiasova '03 2003 2005 Composer Michaela Eremiasova of Los Angeles, CA, was awarded the ASCAP Foundation's Rudolf Nissim Prize in composition. Visit www. Roy Assaf of New York City and his trio performed at New York's Blue Note jazz club. He recently recorded and/or performed with David Sanborn, Wayne Tucker, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and was reviewed in JazzTimes. Visit Gabriel Pulido of Miami, FL, has released four albums of original music, performed live electronic music with video, and created the live multimedia show "Deep Surface." Visit In March, Hiromi Uehara released the album Move, featuring bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. 2001 Paul "Willie Green" Womack of Brooklyn, NY, released the dancepop album We Live in the Future. Visit Corey Colmey of Rome, NY, Chris Arthur '98, and Benjamin Wright '02, as the group the Live and Breathe, released its debut album. Visit Joe Kenny of Campbell, CA, is the operations manager for Musical Surroundings Inc., a distributor of high-end analog audio products based in Oakland, CA. Chrissi Poland and Matt Pendergast '01 of New York City released the EP Reckless Ones after a successful PledgeMusic campaign. Poland also plays with the group Scissor Sisters. Neil Santos of Boston, MA, wrote and illustrated The Guitar Simplifed: An Illustrated Guide to Music Theory and the Guitar. The book is available through or on his blog Michael Teoli '04 2004 In December 2012, Asuka Kakitani of Brooklyn, NY, was featured on Public Radio International's The World. Visit Justin Nihiser of Atlanta, GA, licensed his track "My Friends" to Chevrolet for its 2013 Traverse ad campaign. Visit www.freneticsound. com. Composer Michael Teoli of Tarzana, CA, scored the feature flms Criminal Behavior and Neshima. He also scored the play Absolutely Filthy, which the Sacred Fools Theater company premiered in Hollywood, CA. Visit Singer/songwriter Rique Colón of San Juan, PR, completed his fourth educational tour of Puerto Rico's West Side, reaching about 1,500 students. Visit Victor-Andrés Cruz of East Boston, MA, is part of the jazz-fusion–world music band Unlimited Perception, along with other Berklee alumni. They released the album Awakening. Visit Justin Kooy of Woodbridge, NJ, was promoted to the position of audio engineer at Sound Lounge in New York at its Hudson Street location. Visit 2006 Joey Chang (a.k.a. CelloJoe) of Berkeley, CA, recently completed a three-month bicycle and music tour of Australia, appearing at music and sustainability festivals. He uses a pedal-powered sound system and has biked more than 10,000 miles. Visit

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