Anthony Peña Signs With Recording Label Reply

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Photo Credit: Anthony Lupacchino

Peabody junior Anthony Peña, studying recording arts and computer music, has signed his recording group June Pastel with The Native Sound, an independent recording label. Their album will be released this summer, and features Peabody students, including jazz pianist Troy Long, jazz percussionist Kayin Scanterbury, Sean McFarland (’17, Composition), and John Murphy. This group will also be on an East Coast Tour in March.

Judah Adashi and Lavena Johanson Release Recording of The Beauty of the Protest Reply

IMG_0238On 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.