NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, offers a unique program that allows students to forge a distinctive, personal style of improvisation through rigorous aural training combined with an individually tailored course of study. Our program is one of the few places in the world where one can absorb and synthesize the music of other cultures in a personal and creative way.
On the eve of the first day of classes, CI faculty welcome students with this musical get-together, in which faculty perform a diverse repertoire of traditional, contemporary, and original music that is representative of their own ethos as performers and teachers. It's a chance to get a first look at the musicians who will span everything from Marlon Brando to barn dances in concerts this year.
Ran Blake solo piano
Anthony Coleman solo piano
Dominique Eade vocal solo
Jerry Leake solo percussion
Bert Seager Noctane with his trio Kombucha: Sean Farias, bass, Austin McMahon, drums