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.
Faculty artist Thomas Dolby accepted the Roland Lifetime Achievement Award. At the ceremony, he discussed his relationship with the company and performed his hit, “She Blinded Me With Science.”
Kate Wagner, who writes the viral architecture blog McMansion Hell, was interviewed by James Bennett II for his WQXR Blog, “Where’s the Best Seat in the Concert Hall?” Wagner is studying acoustics at Peabody, synthesizing her interests in music and architecture.
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.