Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz at NEC: Open Form and Brian Levy Ensembles

NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room | Directions

255 St. Botolph St.
Boston, MA
United States

Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty. This evening's concerts are performed live and streamed in real time from the Eben Jordan Ensemble Room.

three sets: 7:00, 8:15 & 9:30 PM

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

Watch livestream from Eben Jordan Ensemble Room:

  1. 7:00 | Open Form Ensemble

    This ensemble focuses on ensemble game pieces, such as John Zorn’s Hockey and works by Christian Wolff, and other experimental scores.

    Nikita Manin, clarinet
    Caleb Schmale, saxophone
    Marie Carroll, koto
    Julian Seney, viola
    Emmett Mathison, piano, keyboard
    Caleb Duval, double bass 

  2. 8:15 PM | Brian Levy Ensemble

    In the Brian Levy ensemble, students had the opportunity to play in a straight-ahead style through a repertoire of their own and Levy’s original compositions and arrangements. They also played compositions by Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, and Wes Montgomery. In the process, they explored various rhythmic, melodic, and comping routines both to develop solos and to hone their ability to take on different roles in the ensemble.


    Group One

    Arreanna Lerner, vocals
    Michael Brehm, trumpet
    Nick Ryder, tenor saxophone
    Rotem Eylam, guitar
    Keegan Marshall-House, piano
    Xin Xu, double bass
    Nadav Friedman, drums


  3. 9:30 PM | Brian Levy Ensemble

    Group Two

    Sahana Narayana, vocals
    Ryan Devlin, tenor saxophone
    Nicholas Biagini, baritone saxophone
    Mitch Selib, guitar
    Kyra Tyboe, piano
    Domenico Botelho, double bass
    Caleb Montague, drums