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NEC Presents Music of Guitarist/Improviser Fred Frith, Sept. 20 in Jordan Hall

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Free Concert Features, Frith on Guitar, NEC Contemporary Improv Students, Callithumpian Consort



New England Conservatory will present an evening of music by Fred Frith, September 20 at 8 p.m. in NEC's Jordan Hall. The concert features students from NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department, who along with members of the Callithumpian Consort will present structured improvisations, chamber pieces, and songs by Fred Frith. Frith himself will be featured on guitar, as well as other instruments. The concert is free and open to the public.

Fred Frith is a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist who has situated himself for more than thirty years in the area where rock music and new music meet. Co-founder of the British underground band Henry Cow, he moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he's since been associated, including John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins, and Bob Ostertag. Best known world-wide as an improvising guitarist, Frith has also performed in a variety of other contexts, playing bass in John Zorn's Naked City, violin in Lars Hollmer's Looping Home Orchestra, and guitar on recordings by artists ranging from The Residents and Ren Lussier to Brian Eno and Amy Denio.

For further information, check the NEC Website at: www.newenglandconservatory.edu/concerts or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NEC's Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.



ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY



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 National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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