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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38 Berklee today 38 Berklee today Alumnotes Gizem Gokoglu '11 Cara Smith '14 Ryan Edwards of Watertown, MA, and Maria Finkelmeier coproduced "Waking the Monster," an event turn- ing the exterior of Fenway Park's Green Monster into a nine-person, three-story percussion instrument. They commissioned six new scores from New England composers for the project. Visit Vocalist Emily Elbert of Los Angeles, CA, toured nationwide with Esperanza Spalding '05. Visit Matt Garstka of Glendale, MA, appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in March. He is the drum- mer for the band Animals as Leaders, and recently gave clinics in China and Malaysia. Visit Gizem Gokoglu of New York City had her composition "Inhale" awarded honorable mention in the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) Composition Contest. It will be per- formed and recorded live by the SWOJO with guitarist Mimi Fox at the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Visit Alex Von Guggenberg of Alexandria, VA, signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music. Visit 2012 Jessica Brizuela of Pasadena, CA plays with the Los Angeles Harp Ensemble. She performed and presented a work- shop at the American Harp Society 2015 Summer Institute in Logan, Utah. Visit In July, KC Daugirdas of North Hollywood, CA, conducted the pre- miere of his fve-movement cho- ral cantata The Singing Revolution at Chicago's UIC Pavilion, featuring 1,400 singers and a 40-piece symphonic band. Visit Mike Smale of Clinton, MA, recently opened M. Smale Productions, offer- ing multimedia services, music per- formance, audio production/engi- neering, and photography. Visit 2013 Jake Cassman of Boston, MA, Ryan Jordan '13, and Alex McGillivray and their band Drunken Logic released the album Long Day's Journey to the Middle, featuring Austin Wells and Alex Trevino. Billy Crabbe of London, England, released his frst single in May titled "Way Back Home." Visit Ryan Marks of Boston, MA, and Kenny Blume comprise the duo elec- tronic producers LOUDPVCK. They released the EP Botany. KC Daugirdas '12 2014 Cara Smith of Brielle, NJ, won best female artist at the 11th annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Finalists included Susan Cattaneo '97, Oscare PeƱas '01, Emily White '07, Devin D'Amato '14, and Annie Johnson '13. Giorgi Mikadze of Tbilisi, Georgia, performed at the Black Sea Jazz Festival with Zach Mullings and Antoine Katz '13, and at the Newport Jazz Festival with Berklee faculty member Brian Raydar Ellis. Guitarist Maddie Rice of Salt Lake City, UT, drummer Louis Cato '06, and keyboardist Masayuki Hirano '06 are members of the house band for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert led by music director Jon Batiste. Ryan Marks '13 Tell a friend... Virtual subscriptions to Berklee today are now available for free to Berklee alumni and all other interested parties. Visit and sign up to receive an e-mail when each new issue is published. To see past editions of Berklee today, visit Phil Farnsworth

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