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
Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of
Paterson, NJ, released the new
album The Soundtrack of Things to
Come. Visit www.jaleelshaw.com.
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.
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
John Paesano of Palos Verdes
Estates, CA, won an Annie Award
for Outstanding Achievement for
Music in an Animated Television/
Broadcast Production for Dragons:
Michaela Eremiasova '03
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 www.gabomusic.com.
In March, Hiromi Uehara released
the album Move, featuring bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer
Paul "Willie Green" Womack of
Brooklyn, NY, released the dancepop album We Live in the Future.
Corey Colmey of Rome, NY, Chris
Arthur '98, and Benjamin Wright
'02, as the group the Live and
Breathe, released its debut album.
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 Amazon.com or on his blog
Michael Teoli '04
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.
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.
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 www.riquecolon.com.
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.
Justin Kooy of Woodbridge, NJ, was
promoted to the position of audio
engineer at Sound Lounge in New
York at its Hudson Street location.
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.