NEC Contemporary Improvisation to Celebrate 40th with NYC Series

Ran Blake, John Medeski, Frank London, Claudia Quintet, others to perform

Ran Blake
Claudia Quintet, John Hollenbeck center
Frank London
Frank London performing at the Roots Folk World Music Festival in Germany

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New England Conservatory plans a series of concerts in New York in March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Contemporary Improvisation program. The series, which takes place March 17-23, includes performances by a wide range of artists affiliated with the program including founding chair Ran Blake, John Medeski, current student Sarah Jarosz, Frank London, the Claudia Quintet, Dominique Eade, Mat Maneri, Christine Correa, Anthony Coleman, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Hankus Netsky, Greg Wall, Lily Henley, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Ashley Paul, Cuddle Magic, Andrew Hock, Judith Berkson, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Ted Reichman.

Founded in 1972 by Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program, according to a press release, “trains creative musicians to stretch their musical horizons across genres and develop their own unique voices as composer/performer /improvisers.”

Full Schedule

Sunday, March 17

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Anthony Coleman, Ted Reichman Trio – Cornelia Street Café

8:30 and 10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

Today’s Jewish Music: From NEC to the Downtown Scene –

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, 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 Frank London, Hankus Netsky, Greg Wall,

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

Thursday, March 21

Contemporary Improvisation Festival – 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.

Saturday, March 23

CI at 40: Blake, Medeski, Eade, Claudia Quintet, Jarosz, Coleman, Correa + More – Symphony Space

This final New York event hosted by CI department chair Hankus Netsky and administrative director Greta DiGiorgio McAndrew features 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

For more information, visit CI40.