A Free Series of Concerts Showcasing New England Conservatory’s
Exceptional Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles

* Music Ranges from Jazz to Middle Eastern, Jewish to American Roots, African Drumming to Electro Acoustic *

35 One-Hour Concerts Over 12 Evenings at NEC’s Pierce Hall

Thursday, March 27 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Discover the jazz innovators of tomorrow with In the Mix, 35 free 1-hour concerts over 12 evenings, Thursday, March 27 — Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at New England Conservatory’s Pierce Hall on the first floor of NEC’s St. Botolph Building, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston. These concerts, featuring NEC’s Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles, take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. each evening and are free and open to the public. Go to www.necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1260 for more details.

Each ensemble meets weekly and is coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty including Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Hunt, John Lockwood, Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Jorrit Dijkstra, John McNeil, Dominique Eade, Henrique Eisenmann, Brian Levy, Frank Carlberg, Rakalam Bob Moses, Amir Milstein, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Ted Reichman, Tanya Kalmanovitch, plus others. Ensembles are listed below by name of the coach.

Thursday, March 27

7 p.m. Jorrit Dijkstra Ensemble
Sam Jones, voice; Michael Prentky, trombone; Isaac Wilson, piano; Damian Scalise, guitar;
Pat Kuehn, bass; Nicholas Neuberg, drums.

8 p.m Brian Levy Ensemble
Aaron Bahr, trumpet; Mariel Austin, trombone; Richard Garcia, saxophone; Utar Artun, piano;
Xiongguan Zhang, guitar; Isaac Levien, bass; Nick Linder, drums.

Monday, March 31

7 p.m. John McNeil Ensemble
Jonathan Gaines, trumpet; Wyatt Palmer, saxophone; Hery Paz, saxophone;
Chris McCarthy, piano; Andrew Schiller, bass; Russell Holzman, drums.

8 p.m. Frank Carlberg Monday Ensemble
Wonmi Jung, voice; Travis Bliss, saxophone; Eric Stilwell, trombone; Micah Stevens, guitar;
Liam Birkerts, bass; Russell Holzman, drums.

9 p.m. Frank Carlberg Tuesday Ensemble
Corinne Cahill, voice; David Adewumi, trumpet; Sarah Hughes, saxophone;
Thomas Chalmers, trombone; Jose Soto, piano; Vaughn Stoffey, guitar; Isaac Levien, bass;
Ryan Sands, drums.

Wednesday, April 2nd

7 p.m. Dominique Eade Ensemble
Wonmi Jung, voice; Sam Jones, voice; Ah Young Min, voice; Marisa Waller, voice;
Shane Simpson, piano; Thiago Gomes, guitar; Daniel Raney, bass; Michael Dick, drums.

8 p.m. Dominique Eade Wednesday Ensemble
Alexandra Keller, voice; Robert Pate, voice; Farayi Sumbureru, voice; Jonathan Elbaz, piano; Andres Abenante, guitar; Liam Birkerts, bass; Ryan Sands, drums.

9 p.m. Dominique Eade Thursday Ensemble
Corinne Cahill, voice; Youngjoo Lee, voice; Jonghyun Lee, voice; Kyumin Shim, piano;
Kirsten Lamb, bass/voice; Jun Mok Kim, drums.

Monday, April 7

7 p.m. Bert Seager Ensemble
Nelson Maneo, violin; Jeffrey Michaels, trumpet; Daniel Sagastume, saxophone;
Rex Bennett, trombone; Samuel Fribush, piano; Lorenzo Marquez, guitar;
Wes Troeger, bass; Colin Rosso, drums.

8 p.m. Henrique Eisenmann Ensemble
Liz Tobias, voice; Sofia Kriger, voice; Aaron DuBenion, trumpet; Austin Yancey, saxophone;
Jose Soto, piano; Steve Bilodeau, guitar; Matthew Stavrakas, bass; Carl Pillot, drums.

9 p.m. Anthony Coleman Early Jazz Ensemble
Anna Patton, clarinet; Kai Sandoval, trumpet; Billy McShane, saxophone;
Dan Gabel, trombone; Alec Watson, piano; Anthony Ambroso, guitar; Henry Fraser, bass;
Nick Neuberg, drums.

Tuesday, April 8th

7 p.m. Jerry Bergonzi Monday Ensemble
Nedelka Prescod, voice; Aaron Bahr, trumpet; Lihi Haruvi, saxophone; Hery Paz, saxophone;
Jose Soto, piano; Caio Afiune, guitar; Neil Patton, bass; Willy Rodriguez, drums.

8 p.m. Jerry Bergonzi Wednesday Ensemble
Jonghyun Lee, voice; David Neves, trumpet; Richard Garcia, saxophone;
Austin Yancey, saxophone; Kyumin Shim, piano; Thomas Holladay, guitar;
Do Young Kim, bass; Jun Mok Kim, drums.

9 p.m. Jerry Bergonzi Friday Ensemble
Jeffrey Cox, trumpet; Brian Aronow, tenor saxophone; Blake Manternach, trombone;
Jon Elbaz, piano; Jon Nankof, guitar; Wes Troeger, bass; Willy Rodriguez, drums.

Wednesday, April 9th

7 p.m. Cecil McBee Monday Ensemble
David Neves, trumpet; Nir Naaman, alto saxophone; Nikolas Anadolis, piano;
Thomas Holladay, guitar; Andrew Schiller, bass; Carl Pillot, drums.

8 p.m. Cecil McBee Tuesday Ensemble
Taek Kim, flute; Jeffery Cox, trumpet; Kaz George, saxophone; Mariel Austin, trombone;
Kyumin Shim, piano; Steve Bilodeau, guitar; Do Young Kim, bass; Nick Linder, drums.

9 p.m. Ted Reichman Jazz Ensemble
Travis Bliss, saxophone; Will Bridges, saxophone; John Cushing, trombone; Evan Allen, piano;
Matt Deligatti, guitar; Henry Fraser, bass; Connor Baker, drums.

Tuesday, April 15

7 p.m. Bob Nieske Duos Ensemble
Youngjoo Lee, voice; Josh Gilbert, trumpet; Jacob Sieckman, saxophone; Peter Jonatan, piano;
Andres Abenante, guitar; Liam Birkerts, bass.

8 p.m. Bob Nieske Ensemble
Michael Mayo, voice; Liz Tobias, voice; Hery Paz, saxophone; Chris McCarthy, piano;
Caio Afiune, guitar; Do Young Kim, bass; Robin Baytas, drums.

Wednesday, April 16th

7 p.m. Bob Moses Ensemble
Joseph Copeland, voice;David Adewumi, trumpet; Christian Contreras, saxophone;
Eric Stilwell, trombone; Jose Soto, piano; Damien Scalise, guitar; Isaac Levien, bass;
Willy Rodriguez, drums.

8 p.m. Joe Morris Morning Ensemble
Will Bridges, saxophone; Sarah Hughes, saxophone; Jacob Sieckman, saxophone;
Michael Prentky, trombone; Alec Watson, piano; Anthony Ambroso, guitar; Pat Kuehn, bass; Connor Baker, drums.

9 p.m. Joe Morris Evening Ensemble
Akenya Seymour, voice; Gabriel Dowdy-Terracciano, violin; Travis Bliss, saxophone;
Christian Contreras, saxophone; Hery Paz, saxophone;
Isaac Wilson, piano; A.J. Durham, guitar; Matt Stavrakas, bass; Robin Baytas, drums.

Monday, April 21

7 p.m. Tal Zilber Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
Youngjoo Lee, vocal; Abby Swidler, violin/viola; Marnen Laibow-Koser, violin;
Dylan McKinstry, mandolin; Sonny Lalchandani, sitar; Leo Hardman-Hill, trumpet; Eck Sierra, sax; Damon Smith, piano; Will Greene, guitar.

8 p.m. Joe Morris Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble
Rebecca Sullivan, voice; Jacob Means, mandolin; Patrick M’Gonigle, violin;
Zoe Christiansen, clarinet; Leo Hardman-Hill, trumpet; Daniel Pencer, sax;
Will Greene, guitar/sax; Damon Smith, piano; Uyen Thank, piano; Kiyoe Wellington, bass.

9 p.m. Anthony Coleman Survivor’s Breakfast
Kirsten Lamb, bass/voice; Sami Stevens, voice; Ilya Portnov, harmonica; Abby Swidler, violin; Marnen Laibow-Koser, violin; Allie Simpson, viola; Katherine McShane, cello; Dara Bloom, cello; Leo Hardman-Hill, trumpet; Mark Goldstein, sax; Taekjoon Kim, flute; Dan Pencer, sax;
Sonny Lalchandani, sitar; Dylan McKinstry, mando, guitar; Jacob Means, mando;
Kody Glazer, trombone; Zoe Christiansen, clarinet; Matt Deligatti, guitar; Evan Allen, piano;
Simon Wilson, bass; Kiyoe Wellington, bass; Nick Neuberg, drums, percussion; Connor Baker, drums, percussion.

Tuesday, April 22nd

7 p.m. Amir Milstein Middle Eastern Ensemble
Sofia Kriger, voice; Jinhee Jung, flute; Zoe Christiansen, clarinet; Jennifer Allen, trumpet;
Lukas Pappenfusscline, voice; Ben Andrews, violin; Patrick M’Gonigle, violin;
Kirsten Lamb, bass; Utar Artun, piano, percussion.

8 p.m. Eden MacAdam-Somer American Roots Ensemble
Rebecca Sullivan, voice; Patrick M’Gonigle, fiddle; Marnen Laibow-Koser, fiddle/viola;
Hyungyu Kang, accordion; Sam Fribush, piano/banjo; Alexandra Greenwald, piano/voice;
Brian McAnally, bass; Alex Monti, guitar.

9 p.m. Hankus Netsky Jewish Music Ensemble
Sofia Kriger, voice; Rebecca Sullivan, voice; Lukas Papenfusscline, voice; Elise Roth, voice;
Deepti Navaratna, voice; Ben Andrews, violin; Gabe Gladstein, violin; Katie McShane, cello;
Matt Barrett, flute; Rafiel Horowitz, oboe; Kody Glazer, trombone; Mariel Austin, trombone;
Sam Fribush, piano/mandolin/steel pan; Jeremiah Klarman, piano.
Monday, April 28th

7 p.m. Joe Hunt Ensemble
Sung Huh, voice; David Adewume, trumpet; Brian Aronow, saxophone;
Michael Prentky, trombone; John Elbaz, piano; Alex Graff, guitar; Daniel Raney, bass;
Dor Herskovitz, drums.

8 p.m. John Lockwood Ensemble
Laila Smith, voice; Travis Bliss, saxophone; Kevin Sun, saxophone; Shane Simpson, piano;
Thiago Gomes, guitar; Simon Willson, bass; Robin Baytas, drums.

9 p.m. Brian Levy Improv Ensemble for Non-Majors
Isabella Dawis, voice; Ye Hu, clarinet; Elina Akselrud, Xixi Xiang, Delong Wang, Qing Li, and Tong Wang on piano.

Wednesday, April 30th

6 p.m. Tanya Kalmanovitch Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble
Eck Sierra, sax; Jinhee Jung, flute; Hui Weng, guzheng; Benjamin Woo, piano.

7 p.m. Tanya Kalmanovitch Jazz Non-Majors Ensemble
Austin Burns, voice; Isabella Dawis, voice; Ahyoung Jeong, voice; Jonas Tarm, violin;
Mark Tse, trumpet; Sam Meyer, alto saxophone; Stephanie Munoz, saxophone;
David Stevens, saxophone; Tong Wang, piano; Liam Birkerts, bass; Anthony Ambroso, drums.

8 p.m. Eden MacAdam-Somer CI Non-Majors Ensemble
Maura Scanlin, fiddle; Raley Beggs, guitar; David Lien, cello, sax, piano;
Dana Kaufman, piano, voice; Niki Charlafti, piano, voice; Brian McAnnaly, bass.

9 p.m. Jerry Leake Drumming Ensemble
Michael Dick, Dor Herskovitz, Sami Stevens, Nima Janmohammadi, Jeff Michaels,
Eck Sierra, Lihi Haruvi.

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became President of the Conservatory in 1967, the Jazz Studies faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters, and alumni that reads like a who’s who of jazz. Now in its 44th year, the program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers. As Mike West writes in JazzTimes: “NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” The program currently has 114 students; 67 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 12 countries.

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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