redbird: NEC Honors Ensemble (CMA)

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290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Each year, an audition committee of professional musicians and faculty selects a few exceptional student ensembles to represent the NEC Honors Ensemble Program. The ensembles work with a faculty coach and are given an opportunity to perform a spring recital in NEC's Jordan Hall.

The members of tonight's Honors Ensemble are Karl Henry '24 MM, Yifei Marina Zhou '24 MM, Adrian Chabla '24, Jacqui Armbruster '24 MM, and Evan Haskin '25.  Their coaches are Lautaro Mantilla and Ted Reichman.

This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here:

(This recital was rescheduled from its original date of April 2nd, 2024)

  • Adrian Chabla '24, voice, keyboards, computer
  • Yifei Marina Zhou '24 MM, keyboards, vocals, SP-404
  • Evan Haskin '25, voice, guitar
  • Jacqui Armbruster '24 MM, voice, viola, bass
  • Karl Henry '24 MM, voice, cello, bass
  • Lautaro Mantilla, coach
  • Ted Reichman, coach
  • Ian Niblack, drums (guest artist)
  1. Esperanza Spalding | formwela 10


    Program note

    This song is off of Esperanza Spalding's album Songwriter's Apothecary Lab.  We rearranged it for our group and focused on certain parts of her composition to build upon.

  2. Adrian Chabla | lists

    • with Ian Niblack, drums
  3. Jacqui Armbruster | mockingbird

  4. Yifei Zhou | i'm waiting

  5. Yifei Zhou | withered rose

  6. Adrian Chabla | remain

  7. Puma Blue | oil slick


    Program note

    This song is found on Puma Blue's record In Praise of Shadows.  Taking inspiration from his live drumming, we have built this version around our rhythm section.

    • with Ian Niblack, drums
  8. Jacqui Armbruster | love me not

  9. Adrian Chabla | unmutable

  10. Sonny Sharrock | who does she hope to be


    Program note

    This song comes from Sonny Sharrock's album Ask the Ages.  Originally an instrumental tune, lyrics have been written to the melody by Jacqui.

    • with Ian Niblack, drums
  11. Adrian Chabla | keep the order

  12. Evan Haskin | early blue

    • with Ian Niblack, drums
  13. Yifei Zhou | tree

  14. Machinedrum, Angelica Bess | only one

    • with Ian Niblack, drums