08/29/13 By Jon Muchin
Dance Your Way into September with A Fiddle Workshop and World Barn Dance on Saturday, September 7th at New England Conservatory
Three Live Bands, Lots of Dancing, No Partners or Experience Necessary Families and Children Welcome
Dance your way into September with a Fiddle Workshop and World Barn Dance featuring three live bands, dance instruction and more on Saturday, September 7 at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall. The event is organized by New England Conservatory’s internationally renowned Contemporary Improvisation Department.
Activities from 6 - 8 p.m. will be geared for families with children of all ages, beginning with a 6 p.m. fiddle workshop (open to all instruments and singers), followed by a dance at 7 led by Eden MacAdam-Somer and CI Prep School faculty. The World Barn Dance begins at 8 p.m. and features live music by NEC's American Roots, Jewish Music, and World Music ensembles. Steven Weintraub and Tony Parkes will teach all of the dances. No partners or dance experience necessary. Free and open to the public: all children must be accompanied by an adult. Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For more information, log on to http://necmusic.edu/ or call 617-585-1260.
This is just one of more than 100 free events by NEC’s Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Departments this season. Other September events include Opening Night, a September 3 concert featuring original and traditional music from Africa to the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India and American Roots and Walking Between the Worlds, a concert by the versatile violinist/vocalist/percussive dancer Eden MacAdam-Somer, whose "astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," have been hailed by the New York Times.
Other 2013-2014 highlights include a Sun Ra Centennial Concert; a public talk by songwriter Elvis Costello after a morning working with CI student songwriters; the Music of John Zorn culminating his NEC residency; the Music of Luciana Souza who performs with NEC students at the end of her 4-day residency; the Music of Dave Holland, who leads NEC students in a performance of his music; Jazz and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality featuring some of the landmark compositions created to combat racism and bigotry; Ran Blake’s annual Film Noir Concert, this year featuring music inspired by Otto Preminger’s Laura and other films; In the Mix, 75 one-hour concerts featuring exceptional student ensembles from the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments, and faculty recitals by NEC luminaries including Eden MacAdam-Somer, Frank Carlberg, Tanya Kalmanovitch, David Eure, Vanessa Morris and Robert Labaree.
Founded in 1972 by musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program is “one of the most versatile in all of music education” (JazzEd). Now in its 41st year, the program trains composer/performer/ improvisers to broaden their musical palettes and develop unique voices. It is unparalleled in its structured approach to ear training and its emphasis on singing, memorization, harmonic sophistication, aesthetic integrity, and stylistic openness. Under Blake's guidance for its first twenty-six years, the program expanded its offerings under subsequent chairs Allan Chase and Hankus Netsky. Alumni include Don Byron, John Medeski, Jacqueline Schwab, and Aoife O'Donovan; faculty include Carla Kihlstedt, Blake, Dominique Eade, and Anthony Coleman. “A thriving hub of musical exploration,” (Jeremy Goodwin, Boston Globe), the program currently has 43 undergrad and graduate students from 14 countries.
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