Great artists give free concerts at New England Conservatory—simply because they teach here.
Walking between the Worlds: Stories
"astonishing virtuosity and raw expression"
—New York Times
At New England Conservatory, violinist and singer Eden MacAdam-Somer is assistant chair of Contemporary Improvisation (CI) for the College program, and chairs CI studies for youth and adult learners in NEC's Preparatory and Continuing Education programs. Outside of NEC, she is known as a singer with Klezmer Conservatory Band, classical violinist, and fiddler with a range from jazz to pop to folk. And she has brought barn dances to NEC in recent years, including one on September 7.
In tonight's concert, MacAdam-Somer weaves musical tales of love and loss, death and immortality, war and introspection, through works by Thelonious Monk, Ran Blake, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Toru Takemitsu, and Sufi poet Rumi. Her original compositions grow out of her travels as a touring artist from Afghanistan to Appalachia, drawing on folk traditions, classical music, and jazz. She uses her entire body as a sounding board, performing original pieces for solo performer on voice, violin, and percussive dance.