Dave Holland Conducts Fall Residency with Steve Nelson


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Jazz Bassist Dave Holland Returns to NEC for Residency, September 20 -22

Performs in Concert September 21 with Vibraphonist Steve Nelson, Coaches Student Performance September 22

Presents Free Masterclasses September 20 and 21

Jazz bassist Dave Holland, Visiting Artist-in-Residence, returns to New England Conservatory September 20 for a fall residency that includes concerts and masterclasses. He will be joined by vibraphonist Steve Nelson in one performance and one class, both on Wednesday the 21st. He will coach students who perform his music in concert, on Thursday the 22nd.

The bassist, bandleader and composer, who was a full-time member of the NEC faculty from 1987 to 1990 and was awarded an honorary degree in 2003, renewed his relationship with the Conservatory last year. As Visiting Artist-in-Residence, he will conduct two residencies each year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring. Vibraphonist Steve Nelson, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Rutgers University, is a member of the Dave Holland Quintet and has recorded three discs as leader of his own band.

Both masterclasses and concerts are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:
Dave Holland Residency, September 20—22, 2005

September 20, 2005
1 p.m. NEC’s St. Botolph Hall: Masterclass with Dave Holland

September 21, 2005
1 p.m. NEC’s Brown Hall: Masterclass with Dave Holland and vibraphonist Steve Nelson
8 p.m. NEC’s Jordan Hall: Concert with Dave Holland and vibraphonist Steve Nelson

September 22, 2005
8 p.m. NEC’s Brown Hall: Concert with NEC jazz students, playing music of Dave Holland

For more information, call the NEC Concert Line at (617) 585-1122 or visit NEC on the web at www.newenglandconservatory.edu/concerts

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top,” a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by more than two hundred stations throughout the United States.

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