Friday, August 3, 2012

More NEC News

This morning, I posted about the great year of music that New England Conservatory is presenting in Boston but there is also a New York City-area component in 2013.  So, what follows offers a fuller description of the myriad offerings (and it's mighty impressive.) The press release comes from the fine folks at Braithwaite-Katz Communications.

The possibilities are endless at New England Conservatory, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of its groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department with a year-long series of concerts and events in Boston and New York City.

Featuring many of NEC’s distinguished alumni, faculty and students, and special guests, the Boston festivities include performances by Marty Ehrlich (pictured), Randy Weston, Carla Kihlstedt, Gunther Schuller, Anthony Coleman, Peter Row, Judy Bressler, Bert Seager, Linda Chase (with renowned poet Jane Hirshfield), The Sail Away Ladies (featuring Sarah Jarosz, Eden MacAdam-Somer and the Friedman Sisters), Dominique Eade, Manga Rosa, The Sol Y Canto Trio, Juanito Pascual, Lissa Schneckenburger, Dave Fiuscynski, CB Calloway Brooks, Ken Schaphorst, current department chair Hankus Netsky, founding department chair Ran Blake, and much more. Three New York events in March 2013 include a Contemporary Improvisation Showcase featuring renowned faculty and alumni; an all-day Contemporary Improvisation Festival in Brooklyn curated by Anthony Coleman; and a panel discussion and performance highlighting NEC’s pivotal role in the revitalization of Jewish music.

In addition, this fall violinist/fiddler/vocalist/dancer/improviser/composer Eden MacAdam-Somer launches New England Conservatory's new Continuing Education/Preparatory Department program in Contemporary Improvisation. Initial offerings will include Music of the World, a Jewish Music Ensemble, an African-American Music and Improvisation Ensemble, the “Walking Between the Worlds” ensemble, and private instruction in ear-training, improvisation, composition and performance, all focused on preparing today’s musicians for twenty-first century musical careers.  All courses and ensembles are open to the public for credit or non-credit.

Among the upcoming events is the Opening Night, a showcase for current Contemporary Improvisation faculty, curated by Eden MacAdam-Somer, to be held in Brown Hall at NEC at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, featuring Ran Blake (pictured), Aaron Hartley, Anthony Coleman, Dominique Eade, Tanya Kalmanovitch Ted Reichman, Jerry Leake, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Hankus Netsky, Nedelka Prescod, Amir Milstein, Peter Row, Bert Seager and others. 

Multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich, one of the most lyrical and inventive musicians around, follows with a week-long residency (September 5 – 13) including a talk on his music on Thursday, September 6 and a concert featuring NEC students and faculty on Thursday, September 13 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Master Class “Expanding the Possibilities of the Double Bass” with bassist/composer Mark Dresser (pictured) at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14 in the Keller Room, NEC.

Master Class with prolific composer, improviser, and pianist Satoko Fujii at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 25 in Pierce Hall, NEC.

Dominique Eade, Faculty Recital, 8 p.m. Thursday, October 11 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Bert Seager’s Kombucha and Carla Kihlstedt’s Rabbit, Rabbit, at the Regattabar, Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
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