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EDUCATION
Certified by George Russell to teach The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, 2004.
Post-graduate studies in Composition/Jazz Piano, New England Conservatory (1980-81)
Master’s Degree in Composition, New England Conservatory (1980)
Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Composition, New England Conservatory (1978)
Undergraduate studies, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY (1971-73)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
Composition with William Thomas McKinley (1992-93)
Composition and Orchestration with Frank Bennett (1990-present)
Jazz Improvisation with Charlie Banacos (1986-present)
George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept with Ben Schwendener (1989-present)
North Indian Music and Sitar with Peter Row (1994-present)
Form and Content of South Indian Music with Prasana (1994-present)
Synclavier with Robert Ceely at “Beep Studios” (1984)

HONORS
Nominee for St. Botoph Club Composer Award (2001)
Honorable Mention in Jazz Composer’s Alliance Composition Contest (1995)
Meet the Composer and Mass Arts Lottery Grant (1992)
Margaret Jory Fairbank Copy Assistance Grant from the American Music Center (1992, 98)
NAN Award to fund New England Conservatory Faculty Recital (1988)
Boston Beneficient Society Award (1979-80)
New England Conservatory Scholarship (1977-80)

TEACHING
Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (1989-present):
Full-time Associate Professor, Piano and Jazz Compositions Departments

New England Conservatory in Boston, MA (1979-89, 97):
Faculty/Outreach musician, Extension and Community Services Divisions
Keyboard, Theory, Composition, Ensemble, Arranging
Conductor of Student Jazz Ensemble at request of George Russell (1986)
Conductor of World Music Ensemble at request of MacArthur fellow Ran Blake (1997)

Tufts University in Medford, MA (1981-85):
Instructor of jazz piano

Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA (1980-81):
Instructor

Boston Community Music Center in Boston, MA (1979-83):
Piano instructor

Private Studio Instructor (1979-present):
Piano, Theory, and Composition

GUEST LECTURES
Università della Musica in Rome, Italy (2002)
“The Miles Davis University: A Survey of Progressive Jazz from 1968-Present”

Southern Illinois University (2001)
Composition Master Class
Jazz Master Class

University of California at Los Angeles (1990)
“The Use of Electronics in Contemporary Jazz”
“Sonic Similarities Between Traditional West African Music and Jazz”

GROUPS AS LEADER
Ben Schwendener/Marc Rossi Duo (1993-present)
Solaris (1981-1998)
Marc Rossi Group (1998-present)
Row and Rossi Project (1995-1999
)

AS A SIDEMAN
Jim Bridges Trio (2000-present)
Natraj (2000)
Stan Strickland and Ascension (1987-present)
George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra (1983, 85, 87-88, 90, 92)
Robert Moore Quartet (1982-present)
Michael Taylor Ensemble (1982-99)
Lewis Porter Quartet (1980-84)
Jimmy Guiffre 4 (1980-82)
Northwind (1978-80)

OTHER PERFORMANCES
Lew Traver Network (1988)
Bo Diddley (1986)
Walter Beasley Group (1986)
Elizabeth Swados and Jazz Group (1985)
Alvaro Cordero (1984)

For Compositions, please see premieres and discography

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