Contemporary Improvisation

Jazz players deep in performance
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NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

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...

Eden-MacAdam-Somer
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News from NEC alumni, students, and faculty members including Eden MacAdam-Somer, Sung Ho Yoo, Nima Janmohammadi, Lina González-Granado, Ellen Exner, Dominique Eade, Fred Hersch, and Aoife O’Donovan.
C I musicians rehearse
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NEC: Jordan Hall
Faculty members of NEC's Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation programs present a collection of representative works.
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Faculty member Miguel Zenón and alumni Sarah Jarosz '13 and Antonio Sánchez '98 MM received nominations for their solo and collaborative work. 
Eben Tourjee Profile
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NEC: Pierce Hall
Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty.
A detail of NEC's Jordan Hall
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Tonight, in this streamed concert—the full version of which took place in Jordan Hall for in-person audiences on Monday, November 15—we present musical traditions from different corners of the world, drawing on their customs, histories, and stories.
A detail of NEC's Jordan Hall
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NEC: Jordan Hall
For almost 50 years NEC's department of Contemporary Improvisation has fostered a community of artists interested in studying music from different cultures and the interactions between them. Tonight, we present musical traditions from different corners of the world, drawing on their customs, histories, and stories, with the intention of either honoring these practices as they are or integrating them to create new languages.
Justin Purtill
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New England Conservatory holds a special place in Justin Purtill’s ’07 MM heart. The Contemporary Improvisation program encouraged Justin to change the way he thought about music and explore his creativity, leading him to a successful career as a guitarist and improvisational singer-songwriter. Justin even met his wife while they were both studying at NEC!
Conga player
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NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room
Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty.
Event
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Location
NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room
Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty.