NEC's Contemporary Improvisation (CI) department offers a unique program that allows students to forge a distinctive, personal style of improvisation through rigorous aural training combined with an individually tailored course of study. Our program is one of the few places in the world where one can absorb and synthesize the music of other cultures in a personal and creative way.
On the eve of the first day of classes, CI faculty welcome students with this musical get-together, in which faculty perform a diverse repertoire of traditional, contemporary, and original music that is representative of each individual's own ethos as a performer and teacher—from Africa to the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India, and our own American roots. It's a chance to get a first look at the musicians who will span everything from Film Noir to John Zorn in concerts this year.
You'll hear CI department chair Hankus Netsky, assistant chair Eden MacAdam-Somer, Anthony Coleman, Jerry Leake, Peter Row, Amir Milstein, Aaron Hartley, Bert Seager, Nedelka Prescod, Mal Barsamian, Nima Janmohammadi, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Mat Maneri, and David Zoffer.