On April 19, composition faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and cellist Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello) released a recording of Dr. Adashi’s The Beauty of the Protest, for singing cellist. The piece was inspired by the work of photographer Devin Allen, specifically his documentation of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. The new track, engineered by Director of Recording Arts Scott Metcalfe, is available here. Half of the proceeds go to BmoreLeadFree, a campaign to raise awareness about Baltimore’s ongoing lead poisoning crisis and the push to eliminate lead poison in our city as a threat to children’s health. On May 16, Ms. Johanson and poet Tariq Touré debuted a new version of the piece, combining Dr. Adashi’s music with Mr. Touré’s poem, “April 27.” The performance was featured as part of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council’s Diversity Recognition Awards, at 3:30 pm in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus.
Homewood Professor of the Arts and recording arts faculty member Thomas Dolby was featured in an interview by Ethan McLeod of the Baltimore Fishbowl. The interview centered on Mr. Dolby’s career highlights, transition and inspiration in teaching, and his role and vision in the crafting of Peabody’s New Media Program for undergraduates. Read the full interview here.
Homewood Professor of the Arts and recording arts faculty member Thomas Dolby will give a talk on his memoir The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:00 pm, at JHU’s Mason Hall Auditorium as a part of the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. The Speed of Sound highlights Mr. Dolby’s career at the intersection of music and technology, including his rise to the top of the music charts, a second act as a tech pioneer, and the sustaining power of creativity and art. Find more information here.
Director of Recording Arts and Sciences Scott Metcalfe will tour to promote his recently released book titled Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers this spring. Mr. Metcalfe will present an event at Berklee College of Music on April 28 and Bill’s Music in Catonsville, Md. on May 9.
Joel Watts (BM ’14, Horn; BM ’15, Recording Arts; MM ’15, Audio Sciences) received the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for his work as assistant recording engineer. Mr. Watts engineered a live recording of Shostkovich’s Under Stalin’s Shadow, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 ,and 9 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons. Find more information on the Grammy win on boston.com and The Boston Music Intelligencer.