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New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present More Than 100 Free Performances For 2013-2014 Season

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Plus Residencies with World-Renowned Performers September 3, 2013 – May 30, 2014

Highlights include residencies by John Zorn
John Zorn
John Zorn
b.1953
sax, alto
, Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza

vocalist
, Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
b.1955
piano
and Dave Holland
Dave Holland
Dave Holland
b.1946
bass
; Sun Ra Centennial Concert; Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality; A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall featuring CI Students; Ran Blake
Ran Blake
Ran Blake
b.1935
piano
’s annual Film Noir Concert; Faculty Recitals; and In the Mix – 75 one-hour concerts by exceptional student ensembles


New England Conservatory’s internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments announce over 100 free concerts for the 2013-2014 season. Highlights include a Sun Ra Centennial Concert; the Music of John Zorn culminating his NEC residency; the Music of Luciana Souza who performs with NEC students at the end of her 4-day residency; the Music of Dave Holland, who leads NEC students in a performance of his music; Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality featuring some of the landmark compositions created to combat racism and bigotry; Ran Blake’s annual Film Noir Concert, this year featuring music inspired by Otto Preminger’s Laura and other films; In the Mix, 75 one-hour concerts featuring exceptional student ensembles from the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments, and faculty recitals by NEC luminaries including Eden MacAdam-Somer, Frank Carlberg, Tanya Kalmanovitch
Tanya Kalmanovitch
Tanya Kalmanovitch
b.1970
viola
, David Eure, Vanessa Morris and Robert Labaree. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, log on to: .

Fall 2013

All concerts at 8 p.m. except In the Mix events which take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.

Tues. Sept. 3 Opening Night curated by Eden MacAdam-Somer Brown Hall The CI department opens the academic year with a faculty showcase, featuring performances by Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky, Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman
b.1955
piano
, Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade
b.1958
vocalist
, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Jerry Leake
Jerry Leake
Jerry Leake
b.1959
percussion
, and many others.

Thurs. Sept. 12 Eden MacAdam-Somer Walking Between the Worlds Jordan Hall Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing today. She’s been hailed by the New York Times as reflecting “astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," and her music transcends genre through soaring violin and fiddling, vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. In this concert, MacAdam-Somer uses her entire body as a sounding board, performing original works and re-compositions for solo performer, with guitarist and banjo player Larry Unger (her duo partner in Notorious), and students and faculty from the New England Conservatory.

Thurs. Oct. 17 Music of Vaughn Monroe + Billy Eckstine Jordan Hall NEC Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst Vaughn Monroe came to the New England Conservatory in 1935 to pursue his dream of becoming an opera singer. Five years later years he formed his own big band in Boston and began recording a series of hits for RCA Victor. Although he only studied at NEC for one semester, Vaughn Monroe’s archives were donated to the school after his death. This will be the first concert featuring that donated music. Another noted vocalist and brass player, Billy Eckstine, led one of the most influential big bands in the history of jazz, featuring such giants as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughn. The NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform Eckstine’s hits, including “I Want to Talk About You” and “Jelly, Jelly,” as well as the early bebop classics “Cool Breeze” and “Oo Bop Sh’bam.”

Sun. Oct. 27 Pianist/Composer Frank Carlberg Faculty Recital Jordan Hall

Wed. Oct. 30 The Music of Fred Hersch Brown Hall NEC grad and faculty member Fred Hersch will perform with NEC students in the culmination of his 4-day residency.

Tues. Nov. 5 9th Annual Film Noir Concert — Preminger’s Laura and more Jordan Hall Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake and trombonist/ filmmaker Aaron Hartley bring an extra dimension to Hallowe'en with specimens of that most haunting genre, film noir. Now an annual NEC tradition in its 9th year, this year's concert is based on the best-known specimens of the genre: Laura, Whirlpool (Otto Preminger, 1944/1949), and Leave Her to Heaven (Stahl, 1945). Students and faculty from NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department perform along with scenes from the film, creating a real-time original score as they respond to the drama through improvisations, recompositions, and reinterpretations of David Raksin and Alfred Newman's original music. Members of Aaron Hartley’s Storyboard Noir Ensemble play a key role in this concert.
  • Mon. Nov. 11 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. Nov. 12 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. Nov. 13 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thur. Nov. 14 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Mon. Nov. 18 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. Nov. 19 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. Nov. 20 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. Nov. 21 Music of Dave Holland Brown Hall
Visiting artist-in-residence bassist/composer Holland will lead NEC students in a performance of his music.
  • Thurs. Nov. 21 David Eure NEC Prep Faculty Recital Jordan Hall
  • Mon. Nov. 25 NEC Jazz Composers Ensemble Brown Hall
  • Tues. Nov. 26 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Mon. Dec. 2 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. Dec. 3 Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra directed by Frank Carlberg Brown Hall
  • Wed. Dec. 4 Music of Luciana Souza Brown Hall
NEC grad and Grammy Award winning Brazilian vocalist and composer Souza will perform with NEC students in the culmination of her 4-day residency.
  • Mon. Dec. 9 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. Dec. 10 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. Dec. 11 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. Dec. 11 NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst Brown Hall
  • Thurs. Dec. 12 Music of Ken Schaphorst with NEC Jazz Orchestra Jordan Hall
Chair of Jazz Studies Ken Schaphorst will direct the NEC Jazz Orchestra in the performance of his original music for big band.

Winter/Spring 2014

All concerts at 8 p.m. except In the Mix events which take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.
  • Mon. Jan. 27 Jazz Faculty Spotlight Concert Jordan Hall
  • Sun. Feb. 2 Violist/Improvisor Tanya Kalmanovitch Faculty Recital Jordan Hall
  • Tues. Feb. 18 A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall Jordan Hall
CI students and faculty use original works and recompositions to explore our identities as artists in relation to the struggles, challenges, and social issues that we come up against every day. Following in the tradition of such greats as Bob Dylan, Pete and Peggy Seeger, Abbey Lincoln, John Coltrane, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Amkoullel, and Arya Aramnejad, we will turn ourselves and our communities inside-out, examining the way that music shapes and is shaped by our place in the world around us.

Thurs. Feb. 27 Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality Jordan Hall Ken Schaphorst leads the NEC Jazz Orchestra in some of the landmark compositions created to combat racism and bigotry. Selections include Charles Mingus’ Haitian Fight Song, Carla Bley’s Dreamkeeper as well as excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige.
  • Thurs. March 13 Beethoven the Improviser with CI Students MFA, Boston
  • Wed. March 26 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. March 27 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. March 27 Robert Labaree Faculty Recital Jordan Hall
Performing with his band Dünya and special guests.
  • Mon. March 31 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. April 1 Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Honors Ensembles Jordan Hall
  • Wed. April 2 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. April 3 Jazz: The Next Generation Brown Hall
  • Mon. April 7 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. April 8 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. April 9 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. April 10 NEC Jazz Composers Ensemble Brown Hall
  • Mon. April 14 Music of John Zorn – Curated by Anthony Coleman Jordan Hall
This concert will feature NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation students as the culmination of Zorn’s residency at NEC.
  • Tues. April 15 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Wed. April 16 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Thurs. April 17 Sun Ra Centennial Concert Jordan Hall
Ken Schaphorst leads the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival day with many of his classic compositions including “A Call for All Demons,” “Brainville,” “Planet Earth,” “Saturn” and “Space is the Place.”
  • Mon. April 21 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. April 22 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Mon. April 28 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. April 29 Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra directed by Frank Carlberg Jordan Hall
  • Wed. April 30 In the Mix Pierce Hall
  • Tues. May 20 NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst Jordan Hall
  • Friday, May 30 Vanessa Morris NEC Prep Faculty Recital Brown Hall
NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became President of the Conservatory in 1967, the Jazz Studies faculty has included six MacArthur “genius" grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters, and alumni that reads like a who’s who of jazz. Now in its 44th year, the program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers. As Mike West writes in JazzTimes: “NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” The program currently has 114 students; 67 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 12 countries.

Founded in 1972 by musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program is “one of the most versatile in all of music education” (JazzEd). Now in its 41st year, the program trains composer/performer/ improvisers to broaden their musical palettes and develop unique voices. It is unparalleled in its structured approach to ear training and its emphasis on singing, memorization, harmonic sophistication, aesthetic integrity, and stylistic openness. Under Blake's guidance for its first twenty-six years, the program expanded its offerings under subsequent chairs Allan Chase and Hankus Netsky. Alumni include Don Byron, John Medeski, Jacqueline Schwab, and Aoife O'Donovan; faculty include Carla Kihlstedt, Blake, Dominique Eade, and Anthony Coleman. “A thriving hub of musical exploration,” (Jeremy Goodwin, Boston Globe), the program currently has 43 undergrad and graduate students from 14 countries.


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