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.

Opening Night

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 John Zorn to Film Noir in concerts this year.

You'll hear CI department chair Hankus Netsky, assistant chair Eden MacAdam-Somer, and others.

Ran Blake Memphis
Ran Blake, piano

Eden MacAdam-Somer 14 Miles
Eden MacAdam-Somer, viola, vocals
and an improvisation with Peter Row, sitar

David Zoffer Much More Lovely
David Zoffer, piano, vocals

Hildegard von Bingen O Virtus Sapientiae
Cristi Catt, vocals
Eden MacAdam-Somer, violin

Jack P. Scholfield I am Saved
(as performed/recorded by Ricky Dillard & New G Keep Living album)
Nedelka Prescod, vocals
Joseph Copeland, keyboard

Amir Milstein Ah Ya Zein
Mal Barsamian, oud
Amir Milstein, flute
Ehud Ettun, bass
Jerry Leake, tabla
and improvisations with Tanya Kalmanovitch, Mat Maneri, viola
and Jerry Leake, percussion

Bert Seager Lando the Free
Bert Seager, piano
Ehud Ettun, bass
Jerry Leake, percussion

Kim Gannon/Josef Myrow Autumn Nocturne
Anthony Coleman, piano

Moishe Oysher Halevai
NEC Jewish Music Ensemble:
Lukas Papenfusscline, lead vocals
Sophia Kriger, Elise Roth, Eden MacAdam-Somer, backup vocals
Gabe Gladstein, violin
Katie McShane, cello
Matthew Barrett, flute
Rafael Horowitz-Friedman, oboe
Mariel Austin, Kody Glazer, trombone
Sam Fribush, banjo
Jeremiah Klarman, piano
Hankus Netsky, director

Date: September 2, 2014 - 7:30:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall


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Unreserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.


MUSIC IS THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE NOTES. CLAUDE DEBUSSY