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. On Monday, November 15, the department presents Tradition. Produced by faculty member Lautaro Mantilla
, the performance features musical traditions from different corners of the world, drawing on their customs, histories, and stories, honoring their roots and re-examining them from new perspectives. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be performed in NEC’s Jordan Hall
, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. International broadcast date is Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm ET. For more information visit us here
Audiences will hear performances by the Persian Music and Chorino ensembles, led by Nima Janmohammadi and Amir Milstein, fiddle and banjo music from the United States, folk songs of love and war from Mexico, Latvia, and China, an exploration of Baroque and fiddle music from the British Isles, a new take on the Cumbia dance tradition led by Lautaro Mantilla, and student pieces exploring tradition, creation, and what they mean to us as contemporary artists. The concert not only contemplates and celebrates tradition, it considers its impact and role in our world today.
NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program addresses the unique needs of musicians seeking to move beyond traditional boundaries. The department brings together a tremendously diverse group of the world’s finest young artists in a setting where they can grow in a community of composers, performers, and improvisers. With an emphasis on ear training, technique, conceptual ideas, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a wide range of improvisational traditions, the CI program is uniquely positioned to cultivate the complete 21st century global musician. Founded in 1972 by Gunther Schuller
and Ran Blake
, the department is “a thriving hub of musical exploration.” (Jeremy Goodwin, Boston Globe).
About New England Conservatory
New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world for over 150 years. With 800 music students representing more than 40 countries in the College, and 2,000 youth and adults who study in the Preparatory and Continuing Education divisions, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training with internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC’s alumni, faculty and students touch nearly every aspect of musical life in the region; NEC is a major engine of the vital activity that makes Boston a musical and cultural capital.