Stars of Pace: Music

From opening up for rock bands to rapping the Canterbury Tales to helping people find a job through music, Pace students, faculty, and alumni are facing the music.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Thanks to Pace Performing Arts adjunct professor Paul Guzzone, we don’t need six degrees. We have one. Guzzone, who has been teaching at Pace for more than 20 years, is bassist and vocalist with the Bacon Brothers band featuring actor Kevin Bacon and composer Michael Bacon. In addition to performing with the band all over the world and appearing on shows including The Tonight Show and The View, Guzzone has produced three of their albums, as well as recording Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and other luminaries for the New York Times bestseller Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton.

Hip-Hop You Don’t Stop
…until you find the perfect job. Lubin Professor and marketing guru Larry Chiagouris, PhD, really wanted to get his message across to students about how to market themselves as a product to get a job. After writing the book The Secret to Getting a Job After College, Chiagouris teamed up with hip-hop artist Timid to get the message out to students about battling a difficult job market. Watch the video for I Want a Secret featuring Pace students, and read an article in USA Today.

Wild-Out Wednesday
In February 2012, Dyson musical theater student Dana Harper ’13 performed on BET’s 106 & Park Wild-Out Wednesday, where she sang an original song and was voted the winner by the audience. But Dana’s no stranger to big performances. In 2010, she performed at the Dwayne Wade All-Star Luncheon during the NBA All-Star Weekend, in front of an audience that included Dwayne Wade himself, Spike Lee, Chris Tucker, and Alonzo Mourning. Make sure to check out her videos on YouTube.

Parachute Opening
In January 2012, Around August, a band comprised of Pace students Keith Vartanian, Grant Crawford, and Joe Wood, entered a music contest on for the opportunity to open for rock band Parachute at an upcoming show in North Carolina. With a video of “Words Meet Heartbeats” recorded in the dorms, Around August won the competition and packed their bags and their car for Winston Salem. Check out their video journey as they document their travel from New York City to Winston Salem, North Carolina to perform. Band member and Dyson student Grant Crawford also released his second album, Reflections, on iTunes. For the first couple of days after its release, it crept up the top 200 singer/songwriters charts until breaking the top 50. Reflections peaked at #37 on the charts, ahead of other artists such as Matt Nathanson, Boyce Avenue, and Bob Dylan.

Have a Glass of Wine
If you want to know what the “Pace Advantage” is, all you have to do is listen to Dyson student and rap artist Alex Antonio’sPace Yourself,” a song about the Pace experience which he wrote and recorded in the John Street dorms. And we didn’t even pay him to write it! Alex also collaborated with Dyson alumna and singer-songwriter Michelle Ferreira ’11 on a remix of her new song “Glass of Wine,” which will have you singing “chardonnay, I do not mind; sauvignon will do just fine,” seconds in. In addition to Glass of Wine, Michelle released her debut album Stories Left Unsaid and video.

Breaking Down Chaucer
We’re sure Dyson Professor Martha Driver gets a lot of e-mails from students in her Chaucer class. After all, Middle English can be hard to decipher. But one Dyson student Nathan Hamer seemed to have no problem when he broke down Chaucer in one minute in his Canterbury Rap. A+!


Earthdance Anthology
Dyson Environmental Studies Professor Evan Pritchard released a 12-song CD Earthdance Anthology (Robert Jackson AIF Music Productions), which he describes as “a ‘Native American Bandstand’ that teaches about living in harmony with each other and the environment—while getting everyone to dance.” The CD, five years in the making, is a collection of Pritchard’s favorite songs that he has written and performed over the last 45 years, focusing on issues such as: the Native American principals of taking responsibility for your own actions with songs like “Karma Blues,” the beginning of creation in “Fire in Our Heart,” and also modern-day issues such as “Cash is King,” a humorous look at the economic financial crisis.


pulseidolcirosThis Much Fun

SOE double alumna Jessica Calamera ’13 has been busy promoting her new full-length CD, “This Much Fun.” She’s been performing live, and in October 2013, was a finalist in the American Country Star Finals, a Nashville-based online show to find the country’s next country star. Her  taped concert was broadcast on PBS WCNY on May 31, 2014.  In June 2014, she was also the WHUD featured artist of the month. She has a number of shows coming up, locally at the Montauk Music Festival, the Taste of Country Festival at Hunter Mountain NY Country Jam Music Festival in Colorado, and Headwaters Country Jam in Montana.

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