Contemporary Improvisation

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NEC: Pierce Hall
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NEC: Brown Hall

Hear the diverse musical styles of our Contemporary Improvisation Faculty.

Two guitarists play with eyes closed, with dark green lighting, on Jordan Hall stage.
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NEC: Jordan Hall

Original songs and recompositions grappling with scenarios of victory and defeat, in a concert featuring the entire Contemporary Improvisation department.

Tyshawn Sorey plays a drum kit
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NEC: Jordan Hall

/*-->*/ The concert culmination of a residency with Tyshawn Sorey: multi-instrumentalist, composer, and MacArthur “Genius”. Featuring the entire Contemporary Improvisation department.

A graphic of a viola with smokestacks of an oil refinery overlaid.
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NEC faculty Tanya Kalmanovitch's feature on the music of climate crisis was recently published in 21CM.
Noah Kelly, holding his violin and smiling.
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Noah is an alumnus of NEC's Preparatory School and has completed the first year of his Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Improvisation.
Ran Blake
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June 1, 2019 was proclaimed by the City of Springfield as “Ran Blake Day.”
Mattia Mauree
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Alum Mattia C. Maurée ’14 MM and faculty members Ran Blake and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol honored with finalist awards.
photo of the cover of Input/Output magazine, featuring two people looking to the side
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Contemporary Improvisation alumna Magdalena Abrego ’19 MM discusses Input/Output Magazine, launched with the help of an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, with WBUR.
Balla Kouyate plays the balafon and sings while leading students in the West African Ensemble
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The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts to Balla Kouyaté, balafon player, djeli, and Contemporary Improvisation faculty member.