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2011 brought about many exciting events for the Firebird Ensemble, led by artistic director Kate Vincent' 99, M.M. '01 M.M. In July, the ensemble released a CD featuring the chamber music of Donald Crockett, recorded under the New World Records label. Shortly thereafter, the Firebird Ensemble partnered with the Walden School and the Apple Hill Center for chamber music for a ten-day summer residency in New Hampshire, which included two public performances and additional community outreach presentations. Additionally, the ensemble participated in the first workshop of Donald Crockett’s multi-disciplinary chamber opera The Face. The fully staged world premiere of the work, which will also feature the Firebird Ensemble, is expected to run in August 2012 with a series of performances in Boston and Los Angeles. 2012-01-26
Presented by Tagesspiegel as the artistic representative of Greece in Berlin, pianist Konstantinos Athanasakos '99 M.M. '00 G.D. recently joined the collaborative piano staff at the University of the Arts in the German capital. During the past two seasons he lectured on the ferociously complex music of 12tone composer Nikos Skalkottas at Humboldt University's Winkelmann Institute, he was the pianist of choice for the presentation of Skalkottas's 'Pasacaglia' for the Skalkottas Anniversary under the auspices of the Greek Embassy, and for the innaguarion of the former Skalkottas residency as a historical landmark in Berlin. A few months later he performed the least known classical works of Mikis Theodorakis at the Ernst Reuter Saal, resulting in a personal dedication of appreciation by the legendary composer, while his concert at the Goethe Forum Munich performing jazz improvisations on the classical works of Manos Hatjidakes was broadcast 'live' by BR-Klassik Radio. These works were paired with such benchmarks as the 2nd and 3rd Partita of J.S.Bach, Schubert's Sonata D.958 and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. Other concerts included his collaboration with Camerata Europaea, and recitals at the Werksdadt der Kulturen, Museum of Communication, Schwarzse Villa and Pinelodrom. He is the first prize winner of the F. Clidat Piano Competition in Paris. Anthansakos recieved his Artist Diploma from École Normale de Musique de Paris and was invited by Menahem Pressler to join his elite class at Indiana University/Bloomington on a Doctoral scholarship, where he also studied chamber music with violinist Franco Gulli. Athanasakos studied at NEC for 4 years with Gabriel Chodos and the late Patricia Zander. 2011-11-09
Tenor saxophonist and composer Wayne Escoffery ’99 (Thelonious Monk Institute), ’00 M.M. recently released a new album, Tides of Yesterday. The album is a collaboration with his wife, Steely Dan background vocalist Carolyn Leonhart. In addition, Wayne has recorded five CDs as a leader, two CDs as a co-leader, and been on numerous recordings as a sideman including collaborations with Eric Reed, The Mingus Band, and Lonnie Plaxico. In 2006 Wayne became a member The Tom Harrell quintet and is on Tom’s most recent three recordings. He also co-produced Tom’s recordings Prana Dance (’08) and Roman Nights (’10). In 2007, Wayne was selected from a pool of musicians by Grey Goose Vodka to appear in a commercial and perform his original composition Spirit Song. His group Veneration has been the featured group twice at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and his quartet gave a June 2010 debut at the Village Vanguard. Wayne currently lives in New York City. 2010-10-04
Bassist Mark Poniatowski '99 M.M., is releasing his first CD entitled The Mark Poniatowski Situation. Poniatowski composed and arranged eight jazz instrumentals for the CD, which features a 6-piece band. Poniatowski lives in Roslindale and is currently on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 2010-02-22
After graduating from NEC, pianist María Tumbeiro ’99 G.D. returned to Argentina to teach at the Belgrano Day School, as well as the Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires. In 2006 she had the opportunity to perform the Mozart Double Concerto for the 250th Mozart Anniversary with a fellow alumna, Deborah Armstrong ’99 G.D., in Buenos Aires. She continues to teach and perform, and is currently learning the Suzuki Method of teaching.She recently participated for the third time in the Suzuki Lima Festival. 2009-08-18
Oscar Perez ’99 M.M. was the recipient of a 2009 grant from Chamber Music America. The premiere of Oscar’s piece will take place at the Jazz Gallery in New York on September 3, 2009. He currently lives in West Orange, N.J. 2009-08-18
After spending three years in France and two in Germany, where he completed his master’s program in International Business and worked for companies in the region, Douglas Apu-Gutierrez ’99 now works for Hewlett Packard as Global Lead, SOX Strategy and Planning. He currently resides in the New York city area. 2009-08-13
Percussionist Christopher DeChiara ’99 M.M. performed at the parade and first inaugural ball of President Barack Obama’s inauguration with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. The band played four ruffles and flourishes and then “Hail to the Chief” for President Obama at the first ball. At this historic event, Christopher had the chance to meet Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Adam Levine, Kate Walsh, and Lucy Liu. Christopher is in his 8th year as percussionist/soloist with the US Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has also performed for former president Reagan’s and Ford’s funerals, the Bush Inauguration, funerals at Arlington Cemetery, and public concerts throughout the D.C. area. He is a member of the cover band Dr. FU and contemporary chamber group Great Noise Ensemble. 2009-04-24
David Schumacher ’99 M.M. and JC Sanford ’97 M.M., ’01 D.M.A. celebrated the release of their new Beauport Jazz CD Edge of the Mind with their 17-piece jazz orchestra Sound Assembly. Featuring the original compositions of David and JC, Sound Assembly has performed in the New York City jazz scene for the past 8 years to critical acclaim. CDs are available on the band’s website soundassembly.net, as well as iTunes and CD Baby. The group can also be found on Facebook and MySpace. 2009-04-10
Help find your lost classmates
Unfortunately, NEC has lost touch with some of your classmates. If you have e-mail or other contact information for any of the people listed below, please let us know so that we can keep them informed of reunions and other NEC activities.
Janice O. Allen, Kobi Arad, Kathleen Marie Balfe, Shannon Michelle Bullis, Ineke Danielle Cante, Rafael Cardenas, Meng-Heng Chen, Chia-Hui Chen, Yu-Shan Chen, He-Rin Cho, Boh-Yeon Cho, Sae Hee Choi, Yea-Jee Choi, Sebastian Hendrikus de Krom, Eli Degibri, Melanie Therese Dyball, Carol A. Farley, Robert Brandon Hadesbeck, Eduardo Antonio Herrera, Chika Hiyama, Fu-Hsia Hsieh, Ya-Wen Hsieh, Yin Fei Hu, Mami Ichikawa, Atsuko Ishii, Maria Esther Jimenez, Hee-Sung Joo, Naoko Kawauchi Kato, Hiroaki Kawanishi, Susan Jane Kersey, Na Young Kim, Sun Ae Ko, Chinatsu Koga, Dong Wook Kwak, Hyuk Jin William Kwon, Chia-Chi Lai, Sang Weon Lee, Joo-Won Lee, Soo Jeong Lee, Geum-Som Lee, Yoon-Ju Lee, VaShawn Sovoy McIlwain, Satohiro Miyazawa, Jesse John Monkman, Yoon-Suk Nam, Jan Bastiaan Neven, Derek Albert Nievergelt, Berthold Maximilian Opower, Ling-Yi OuYang, Monica Anne Pegis, Jose Manuel Redondo, Johannes Rose, Emiri Sakurai, Jung-Hee Shin, Hsin-Yi Su, Lisa Marie Suslowicz, Yun-Yi Tsai, Maria Laura Tumbeiro, Hsin-I Rachel Wang, Troy Wayne, Carolin Anne Widmann, Stefan Thomas Wirth, Wan-Ching Wu, Yuriko Yasuda.