If you've been to a student recital before, you probably expect to hear something like a traditional concert by a touring artist.
Recitals by doctoral students are a somewhat different affair. In the course of completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, performance majors present not just one, but three full-length recitals, for which they also write program notes. Composers present a recital of their chamber music, then complete a large-scale original work. In both cases, it's an opportunity to observe multiple facets of an emerging artist.
Saxophonist Nir Naaman is a jazz major who studies with Donny McCaslin and Jerry Bergonzi. For the first of his three D.M.A. recitals, he is joined by a rhythm section made up of Chris McCarthy, piano; Neil Patton, double bass; and Robin Baytas, drums. McCarthy and Baytas are also currently enrolled at NEC.
John Coltrane Mr. Day
Thelonious Monk Bye Ya
Traditional arr. by Nir Naaman Eshal Elohai
text by Shalom Shabazi
Nir Naaman Dilemma
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