This season at New England Conservatory, 30+ concerts demonstrate just how vital music is to human struggle, and what revolution in artistic expression sounds like. Programs range from roots music to Beethoven, fight songs to anti-war anthems. Join our year-long exploration of how music speaks truth to power!

Students, recent graduates, and faculty from NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation (CI) department present a kaleidoscopic perspective on protest music and social change throughout history.

improvisation on
Bob Dylan A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Eden MacAdam-Somer, vocals, violin
Jeff Balter '13 M.M., percussion

original Irish Nationalist Ballad
Dylan McKinstry

piece inspired by Gandhi’s nonviolent protest
Mark Goldstein

Patrick M’Gonigle and Jacob Means Soldiers Joy
dealing with dual reality of soldiers' lives in the field and when they come home

Alexandra Greenwald An Empty Glass
jug band tongue-in-cheek song

composition examining hierarchies in government
Lautaro Mantilla

original pop song on insidiousness of consumerism
Damon Smith

original song based on sexist comments made to her as a female bassist
Kirsten Smith, bass

traditional Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb
Sam Fribush and CI Old Time String Band

reinterpretation of Ives General William Booth Enters into Heaven
Lukas Papenfusscline

reflection on the Persian Gulf War
Nima Mohammadi with Eden MacAdam-Somer, Jerry Leake’s West African Drum Ensemble, CI Non Majors Ensemble, CI winds and brass, Abigale Reisman '13 M.M. and Vessela Stoyanova '13 M.M.

Anthony Coleman with Survivors Breakfast

recomposition of John Cage Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard
Katharine McShane

John Cage Song 34
Tanya Kalmanovitch, viola

two versions of John Cage Song 35

  1. Rebecca Sullivan, voice
  2. Katharine McShane, cello, voice
    Tal Zilber, electronics
Date: February 18, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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