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Credit: Jeff Meacham The work of composer and clarinetist James Falzone '00 M.M. exists at the intersection of divergent streams. Equally at home in classical, jazz, improvised, and various world music idioms, his career has garnered wide critical and peer respect for the way he traverses and connects these seemingly disparate paths. He has been featured on numerous public radio and television programs and has performed in concert halls, festivals and jazz clubs throughout North America and Europe. In addition to appearing on numerous recordings as ensemble member, he has released several critically acclaimed recordings as leader and his compositions have been performed by chamber and choral ensembles, orchestras and soloists throughout North America, Europe, and Russia. He has received numerous grants and awards for his work and is the Director of Music and Resident Composer at Grace Chicago Church. James is a respected educator, currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches in the New Millennium Studies program, an innovative first-year interdisciplinary seminar. He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter at universities and colleges in the US and abroad.  Go here to watch a recent interview with James. 2012-05-24

Rhett Del Campo '00Rhett Del Campo ’00 performs as third percussionist with the Kansas City Symphony and substitutes with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is the Director at the Chicago-based Company Duple Meter, that focuses on improving orchestras and arts organizations through the use of technology and social media. They offer a web platform that combines social media and viral marketing with ways to improve attendance, revenue, visibility, educational experience and connection to the community. 2012-01-27



Colin Fisher '00 Colin Fisher ‘00 is one of three Boston University professors chosen by Provost Jean Morrison as this year’s recipients of the Peter Paul Professorships. The professorship provides $40,000 each for three years for unrestricted support of their scholarly and creative work as they launch their academic careers. Fisher is an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the B.U. School of Management. He studies the role of improvisation on the development of teams in the areas of leadership and creativity. In addition to receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard Business School, he also has a master’s degree from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from NEC. Colin resides in Jamaica Plain with his wife Carola Emrich-Fisher '01 with their two children Kaya and Miles. 2012-05-17


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol recently published a book about the so-called Ottoman Janissary Bands entitled The Musician Mehters. He began researching and writing about this subject throughout his DMA studies at NEC with Bob Labaree and Anne Hallmark. Bob Labaree played an important role while he wrote the book during the past two years. Mehmet has been teaching ethnomusicology courses at Brown University, Tufts University and Emerson College during the past seven years.  He is also President of Dünya a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting a contemporary view of a wide range of Turkish traditions, alone and in interaction with other world traditions, through performance, publication and other educational activities.  2011-12-13

 The CD "Brazilian Guitar Quartet plays Villa-Lobos" has just won the Latin Grammy under best classical album. The press release can be found here. The BGQ is formed by Everton Gloeden, Tadeu do Amaral, Gustavo Costa and Luiz Mantovani '00 M.M. '02 A.D., who plays an eight-string guitar in the group. The quartet performs widely in the U.S. and over four continents, recording exclusively for Delos International. This last CD showcases works by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), featuring arrangements that cover more than 30 years of the composer's career. The BGQ is now preparing a new album featuring Spanish works by Rodrigo, Granados, de Falla among others.Luiz Mantovani currently lives in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, where he is a full-time teacher at the State University of Santa Catarina. 2011-11-15



Curtis K. Hughes's "Say it Ain't So, Joe" Curtis K. Hughes '00 M.M., '05 D.M.A. is following up on the successful 2009 premiere of his chamber opera "Say it Ain't So, Joe" with a recording project that will result in a CD release later in 2011.The opera, which is centered around the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, will be recorded with an ensemble that includes NEC graduates soprano Jennifer Ashe ’98 M.M., ’06 D.M.A., and cellist Jing Li ’03 M.M. Information about the project, including a video of excerpts from the original production can be found here. 2011-05-03


Cellist Dale Henderson ’00 has been bringing a unique musical project to the New York City subways; Bach in the Subways. Dale performs the Bach Cello Suites for subway audiences and specifically notes that he does not accept donations. Through this project, Dale is working to expose people to live music who would not otherwise hear it, and to help inspire and cultivate interest in classical music. CNN recently did a story on Dale and his subway performances. His project was also recently featured in an article by the Wall Street Journal. Dale is active as a teacher and recitalist, performing with pianist Molly Kiser ’96 M.M. 2011-01-03


Guitarist Luiz Mantovani '00 M.M., '02 A.D. and composer Lior Navok '98 M.M., '01 D.M.A. joined forces in a recent collaboration; a commission from the Israel Sinfonietta for a new guitar concerto. Luiz Mantovani was the soloist in the Fall 2010 premier of Lior Navok’s new concerto in Beer Sheva, Israel. The commission was made possible with support from the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture, and Sport and the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund. Lior says, "As students at NEC, we weaved dreams about a new guitar concerto composed especially for Luiz." Luiz was thrilled by the opportunity: "It was definitely one of the most meaningful moments of my career, not only because of the musical challenge but also because it is something very special to work together in a new large-scale work, by a composer who is a close friend of mine". The concerto is in four movements, connected to each other. With few repeating motives throughout, each movement projects a different emotional aspect, colored differently in the following. 2010-12-20

The complete works of Fryderyk Chopin - Vol. 3, Roberto Poli ’00 MM, ’02 AD, Piano Performance Italian pianist Roberto Poli ’00 M.M., ’02 A.D., studied at NEC with Russell Sherman and has since made Boston his home. Poli is active in performance, teaching, writing, and public speaking. For the past decade, the music of Frederic Chopin has been the center of Poli's interest, with a particular focus on the study of early editions and manuscripts. A passionate advocate of the music of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, Roberto Poli has recently recorded his complete works for the European label Onclassical. Poli has also organized an event in celebration of Chopin, The Chopin Symposium, which he created in 2009 as the Artist in Residence and co-chair of the Piano Department at The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. Roberto Poli's involvement with Chopin's original editions and manuscripts has let him to becoming an author. Poli's book, The Secret Life of Musical Notation: defying interpretive traditions, will be published by Amadeus Press in the fall 2010. Roberto Poli is on the faculty of The Rivers School Conservatory and NEC’s Preparatory School. 2010-12-16


Dan Plummer '00 MM Vocalist Dan Plummer '00 M.M. was named director of Opera for the Young, a regional touring opera company that brings professional opera to more than 70,000 children in Madison, Wisconsin annually. Dan resides in Madison with his partner Mark Koehn and their two dogs Estie and Lola. Estie and Lola are well-known in Madison for their fine journalism skills, as they appear weekly in their segment “The Newshounds” on the CBS affiliate where Mark is an anchorman. 2010-12-16



Jennifer Wharton '00 (Photo: Lindsay Beyerstein) Bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton ’00 wed John Fedchock on May 31st 2010, in New York City. The bride walked down the aisle to a trombone quintet playing John's arrangement of Polka Dots and Moonbeams. The couple resides in Astoria, NY. Jennifer is active performing on Broadway and in the jazz group, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, which was recently nominated for a Grammy for their album Infernal Machines. 2010-12-16




Kevin Harris Project, Chapters Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Kevin Harris ’00 M.M. recently released Chapters with his group the Kevin Harris Project.  At NEC, Kevin studied with Fred Hersch, Mike Cain, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, and Danilo Perez. 2010-09-09







Mark Small '00 M.M., Jazz Studies

Saxophonist and composer/arranger Mark Small 00’ M.M. performs with vocalist Michael Bublé in his touring band, winning a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the album Michael Bublé meets Madison Square Garden. Mark has several featured solos on this record/DVD. In addition to his work with the Bublé band, Mark is Featured on Darcy James Argue's '02 M.M. Secret Society debut CD Infernal Machines and co-leads the band Bronze. 2010-09-02




Amy Cervini '00, Jazz Performance, Album - Lovefool Jazz Vocalist Amy Cervini ’00 and her ensemble the The Amy Cervini Quartet, realeased a new album in Fall 2009. The album, Lovefool, is comprised of pop tunes, standards from the American Songbook, and original pieces from modern jazz composers. Amy currently lives in New York. 2010-08-03






A Story of “The City”: Constantinople, Istanbul: A journey in time through the music of the city’s inhabitants This year, the European Union celebrates the city of Istanbul as one of its 2010 Capitals of Culture – a year-long designation that provides Istanbul the opportunity to “showcase its cultural life.”

Cultural organizations and artists are called to submit project proposals that demonstrate the city’s culture. This year, the proposal by DÜNYA, a non-profit performing and educational organization co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol ’00 M.M., ’04 D.M.A. and NEC’s Chair of Music History & Musicology Departments and Intercultural Institute Director, Dr. Robert Labaree, was selected as the centerpiece of the city’s celebration.

Called, A Story of “The City”: Constantinople, Istanbul: A journey in time through the music of the city’s inhabitants, this production involves 32 musicians in seven distinct ensembles and was debuted in Cambridge, Mass at Kresge Auditorium in February, 2008 to a sold-out audience. Dr. Labaree writes, “It traces the cultural and musical layers of the city’s 1500 years of history through music. The concert will take place in the 4000 seat Açık Hava Tiyatrosu, the largest outdoor venue in Istanbul and the site of festivals and opera, dance and jazz performances each summer.”

He goes on to say, “The many layers of communal memory in this concert proceed through Greek Orthodox music, secular Greek music, Crusader songs, music of the Ottoman military ensembles, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians and Turks, and finally contemporary urban popular music full of longing and protest. On its own, each piece may communicate celebration, love, devotion or military might, but taken together, the mood of melancholy is unmistakable, a longing for what has been lost that is now permanently woven into the fabric of this thriving cosmopolitan city.”

A CD of the program with bilingual notes will be released in Istanbul on June 18, 2010.

Read more about A Story of the City Constantinople-İstanbul


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Todd Robert Angilly, Javier Luis Arau, Shuichi Ban, Ora Yehudit Boasson, Melissa Michelle Bull, Ching-Ching Chan, Chi-Yuan Chen, Yu-Wen Chen, Hyo J. Choi, Meng-Hsun Chuang, Marc Andre Fitze, Yukako Funahashi, Lauren E. Gabourel, Jonathan R. Gresl, Joaquin Rice Hachey, Ji-Hyun Hong, Yen-Ting Hsiao, I-Ju Hsu, Shang-Jung Huang, Kasumi Ikoma, Hee-Woo Im, Yun-Mi Jeong, Ji-Yoon Jung, Jae-Won Noella Jung, Yu-Ching Kao, Sung-Hye Kil, Nelly J. Kim, So-Youn Kim, Hyun-Jung Kim, Hyun-Jung Kim, Hiroko Kobayashi, Fumika Konishi, Hege Marie Korshavn, Ritsu Kotake, Hyun-Jin Kwon, Hyun-Jo Kwon, Sunny Lee, Jee-Yeoung Lee, Socrates S. Leptos, Soin Lim, Jui-Ping Lin, Mei Chuan Lin, Jenny Rebecca McCathern, Noel Alan McRobbie, Molly E. Murphy, Mika Oi, Yoon-Jung Park, David A. Rezek, Kerel Lawrence Riley, Jennifer Elizabeth Sacha, Sherry Shih-Hsien Shieh, Jung-Ah Shin, Marissa Leigh Steingold, Todd N. Tarantino, Frederic Viger, Tamar Aislina Waterman, Troy Wayne, Leonora Vadi Williams, Tae-Gap Yang, Hui-Ching Yang, Eun-Jun Yoo.