Contemporary Improvisation

Liz Knowles headshot
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Liz Knowles has brought her distinctive sound—the fire and finesse of Irish fiddle music combined with the tonal richness of the classical violin--to concert stages and festivals across the world. Her...

A large group of musicians from Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop crowd onto a stage to smile at the camera.
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Silkroad and New England Conservatory announce a new partnership, which will relaunch Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop at NEC in the summer of 2020.
Tyshawn Sorey with green bush
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The Boston Globe's Bill Beuttler interviewed Tyshawn Sorey about his residency at NEC, which begins today and culminates in a performance with the Contemporary Improvisation department on October 3.
Zack Fuller dancing
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NEC: Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

This performance of Zack Fuller's “The Tyranny of Kindness” will feature sound by NEC students Kebra-Seyoun Charles and Grace Ward. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes. Fuller will also...

Tyshawn Sorey with green bush
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The Globe highlights Tyshawn Sorey's Contemporary Improvisation residency Oct 1 – 3 and an Oct 18 concert honoring alumnus Cecil Taylor, part of NEC's Jazz50 celebration.
Tyshawn Sorey with green bush
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NEC: Brown Hall

Featuring the music of NEC jazz composers.

1 – 3 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The masterclass will take place in Brown Hall, not Pierce Hall as previously stated.

ABOUT TYSHAWN SOREY

A multi-instrumentalist,...

sofia rei
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NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Alumna Sofia Rei and her partner Jean-Christophe Maillard offer a project especially commissioned for their many unusual instruments such as saz bass, charango, vocal effect processors, and more.

Sof...

Folk trio I'm With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan, and Sara Watkins)
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Contemporary Improvisation alumnae Sarah Jarosz ’13 and Aoife O'Donovan ’03 UD are members of acclaimed folk trio “I'm With Her,” with fiddler and vocalist Sara Watkins.
Contemporary Improvisation old timey ensemble
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NEC: Pierce Hall

Sets by three faculty-coached Contemporary Improvisation ensembles.

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

Sets by three faculty-coached Contemporary Improvisation ensembles.

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CONCERT:

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