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Mal Barsamian

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Mal Barsamian’s musical career began when he was four years old playing the dumbeg (hand drum) with his father, Leo Barsamian, at an Armenian…

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Ran Blake

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Third Stream pianist Ran Blake has recorded more than 30 albums and performed in major jazz festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs, and…

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Cristi Catt

  • Contemporary Improvisation, Voice
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Director, Medieval Folk Roots Ensemble

Cristi Catt is a soloist and chamber musician who specializes in mixing contemporary, world, folk and medieval music.

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Linda Chase

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Linda J.

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Anthony Coleman

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies
  • Composition

From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman’s musical odyssey has taken him through…

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Dominique Eade

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Continuing Education Jazz
  • Jazz Lab

Dominique Eade has been a featured vocalist and composer in the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Jazz in Toulon Festival in France, the…

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Aaron Hartley

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Based in Boston, Aaron Hartley is a freelance trombonist whose playing is defined by Third Stream methodology.

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Winifred Horan

  • Contemporary Improvisation

I was born in New York City on the lower west side. My mom and dad are from Arklow, Co.

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Tanya Kalmanovitch

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Entrepreneurial Musicianship
  • The Entrepreneurial Musician

Canadian violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch operates at the intersection of contemporary jazz, classical music and free improvisation…

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Carla Kihlstedt

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Carla Kihlstedt plays the violin, sings, improvises, and composes—sometimes at the service of a simple song, and other times, as part of a…

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Robert Labaree

  • Music History & Musicology
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Intercultural Institute

Robert Labaree is an ethnomusicologist and performer specializing in Turkish music.

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Jerry Leake

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • West African Drumming, Singing, Movement

Jerry Leake is co-founder of the acclaimed world-music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents.

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John Lockwood

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S.

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Eden MacAdam-Somer

  • Co-Chair, Contemporary Improvisation

In addition to teaching duties on New England Conservatory's College faculty, Eden MacAdam-Somer chairs New England Conservatory's…

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Amir Milstein

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Flutist Amir Milstein has established his career in the world-music scene, founding acknowledged ensembles such as Bustan Abraham and Tucan…

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Joe Morris

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Lab

Originally from New Haven, Conn., guitarist and composer Joe Morris began playing in 1969 and is self-taught.

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Hankus Netsky

  • Co-Chair, Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies
  • Director, Jewish Music Ensemble

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scholar, Hankus Netsky teaches improvisation and Jewish music.

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Nedelka Prescod

  • Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz Studies
  • African American Roots Ensemble
  • NEC Gospel Ensemble

The daughter of a musician/educator, Nedelka F.

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Ted Reichman

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Ted Reichman is an accordionist, keyboard player, and composer, focusing on connections between improvisation and various forms of folk,…

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Peter Row

  • Music History & Musicology
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Liberal Arts

Sitarist and ethnomusicologist Peter Row has performed as a solo recitalist throughout North America and India, making numerous concert,…

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Bert Seager

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Jazz pianist and composer Bert Seager teaches creative musicians an in-depth approach to the fundamentals of harmony, rhythm, and…

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Mark Zaleski

  • Contemporary Improvisation

Internationally touring musician Mark Zaleski has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band…

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David Zoffer

  • Chair, Jazz
  • Jazz Lab
  • Contemporary Improvisation

David Zoffer is a multi-instrumentalist whose principal instrument is piano.