Berklee today

OCT 2015

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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34 Berklee today 34 Berklee today Alumnotes Nathalia Palis '04 Avi Rothbard '99 1998 Damian Draghici, a member of the European Parliament, raised funds through his Bright Light Foundation for a memorial dedicated to Roma vic- tims of the Holocaust. Draghici helped design the monument, which was unveiled at the Roma Culture Museum in Bucharest, Romania, in August. Fiddler, singer, and step-dancer April Verch of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, performed with her band at the recent Champaign-Urbana Folk and Music Festival. They are tour- ing in support of her 10th album The Newpart, produced and engineered by Casey Driessen '00. 1999 Richard Furch of Sherman Oaks, CA, recorded and mixed Tyrese's Black Rose album. It opened at number one on Billboard magazine's 200, hip- hop and r&b charts, Apple Music and iTunes. He also mixed BJ the Chicago Kid's album on Motown Records. Visit richardfurch.com. Sean McGowan of Denver, CO, released an album of music from My Fair Lady. He also performed at festi- vals including the Swannanoa Guitar Week in Asheville, NC, and Alex de Grassi's Guitar Workshop in Caspar, CA. Visit seanmcgowanguitar.com. Bart Migal of Long Island City, NY, engineered Björk's new album Vulnicura. He also engineered cast albums of the Tony-nominated On the Town, On the Twentieth Century, and Fun Home. Avi Rothbard of Bronx, NY, won the 2014 John Lennon Award in the jazz category for "One and Nine." His lat- est trio CD is called City Colors. Visit rothbardmusic.com. 2000 Drummer Patrick Charles of Woodland Hills, CA, released the sin- gle "Sons of the Sun," and will release a full-length CD in the summer of 2016. Visit patrickcharlesmusic.com. Bob Reynolds of Los Angeles, CA, cofounded the Inside: Outside Retreat for Saxophonists. He was also featured in an August 19 New York Times article called "The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn't." Visit bobreynoldsmusic.com. Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw of Paterson, NJ, was featured in the Blindfold Test in the August issue of Downbeat magazine. 2001 Jonathan Geer of Austin, TX, is the pia- nist and composer for the nuevo tango ensemble Austin Piazzolla Quintet. The group released its third self-titled album featuring four compositions by Geer. Visit apqtango.com. JooWan Kim and the Ensemble Mik Nawooj received a Google AdWords Grant, giving the band a monthly stipend to share its music. In October, the band will be in residency at Zoo Labs, where they will record their second album. Visit ensemblemiknawooj.com. 2002 Jorge Castellanos of Cambridge, MA, is the head of Audreio, a desktop music production software company. Visit audre.io. Aaron Diecker of Los Angeles, CA, is a dialog editor for Fox's Family Guy and American Dad. He also founded a website featuring music and other top resources at creativelyforward.com. John Shannon of Pittsburgh, PA, Benjamin Geis '03, and Matt "MJ" Lambert '04 make up theSHIFT, a cosmic rock trio that released their debut EP 7th Direction in the spring. Visit shiftwithus.com. Slava Tolstoy of Natick, MA, Ippei Ichimaru '98, and Ben Powell '09 form the International String Trio, and recently toured the West Coast. 2003 Roy Assaf of New York, NY, started a company called C-PLNR (pronounced "C-planner"), offering career plan- ning, group workshops, personal style, and more. Visit cplanr.com. Nathalia Palis of Stevenson Ranch, CA, is a bilingual children's song- writer and performer. She released her second album Dream a Little (Sueña un Poquito) and has been fea- tured on Univision and The Talk (CBS). Visit nathaliamusic.com. Justin Purtill of Grass Valley, CA, released a new album of improvisa- tional folk music entitled The Sun in Splendor on Constant Clip Records. It is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and CDBaby. Visit justinpurtill.com. 2004 Rodrigo Bonelli of Brooklyn, NY, released a jazz septet album titled Septet Works. The group has received airplay on some 50 radio stations worldwide. Visit rodrigobonelli.com. Hadi Sumoro of Philadelphia, PA, launched HX Audio Lab, LLC, which provides audio/acoustics consulting services. He works in studio design, loudspeaker design, and electro- acoustic optimization. Visit hxaudiolab.com. Sam Warshaw of Tamarac, FL, and his wife work in the cruise entertain- ment industry. His company Warshaw Entertainment casts musicians for jobs on cruise ships. Visit warshawenter- tainment.com. Ayala Asherov '97 Bob Reynolds '00

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