NEC Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Contemporary Improvisation Dept.

March 17-23 NYC concerts include John Medeski, Ran Blake, Frank London, others

John Medeski
Ran Blake
Frank London

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The New England Conservatory will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Contemporary Improvisation department with four New York City concerts taking place March 17-23. The New York events-which include a Contemporary Improvisation Showcase, a CI Festival curated by Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul, and a panel discussion and performance highlighting NEC’s role in the revitalization of Jewish music-will feature some of the institution’s alumni, faculty and students including Ran Blake, John Medeski, Frank London, Dominique Eade, Mat Maneri, Sarah Jarosz, Marty Ehrlich and many more.


New York Concerts include:

Sunday, March 17

Kalmanovitch, Coleman, Reichman Trio at Cornelia Street Café

Friends and faculty members in NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Anthony Coleman and Ted Reichman walk the contested spaces between composition and improvisation, and art music, free improvisation and popular song. Their core repertoire includes original compositions and re-compositions of classical and popular music – from the final movement of Mahler’s Third Symphony, the Russian popular song Kalinka, to Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo.

9 p.m. $10 cover; 1 drink minimum

Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC



Wednesday, March 20

Today’s Jewish Music: From NEC to the Downtown Scene at Symphony Space

7 p.m. Panel Discussion on New England Conservatory’s pivotal role in the

contemporary Renaissance of Jewish Music.

8 p.m. Concert featuring NEC alumni Hankus Netsky, Greg Wall, Michael Winograd

Lily Henley, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Anthony Coleman, Judith Berkson and more.

$22 general admission

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, NYC.

(212) 864-5400


Thursday, March 21

Contemporary Improvisation Festivalat Barbes

Curated by Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul, this Festival will feature performances by NEC alumni Matt Darriau, Frank London, Ashley Paul, Cuddle Magic, Mat Maneri, Andrew Hock, Judith Berkson and more.

7 – 11 p.m.

$10 suggested donation

Barbes, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

(347) 422-0248


Saturday, March 23 CI at 40: Celebration Concert Symphony Space

Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, The Claudia Quintet, Christine Correa, Sarah Jarosz,

John Medeski, Anthony Coleman and Eden MacAdam-Somer.

For forty years New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department has been changing the conversation around improvisation and composition. This final New York event hosted by CI department chair Hankus Netsky and administrative director Greta DiGiorgio McAndrew celebrates the joy of musical innovation, featuring performances by the program’s trailblazing faculty and alumni including Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, The Claudia Quintet, Christine Correa, Sarah Jarosz, John Medeski, Anthony Coleman and Eden MacAdam-Somer.

7:30 pm

Tickets $28-$38 reserved seating; $18 rush tickets available 2 hours before the show.

Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, NYC.

(212) 864-5400

For more information, visit Contemporary Improvisation or CI40.