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NEC Continues Contemporary Improv Anniversary with ‘Brando Noir’ Program

Jazzed Magazine • News • October 19, 2012

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As part of their ongoing celebration of the 40th anniversary of the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation program, Influential pianist and composer Ran Blake and co-producer Aaron Hartley present their annual film and music concert on Monday, October 29.  This year, the event features the brooding films of Marlon Brando. The evening include a selection of scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Wild One (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), and many, many more. Students and faculty of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department perform along with the film, creating a real-time original score as they respond to the drama through improvisations, recompositions, and reinterpretations of the original orchestrations. The previous weekend, Blake will be honored for his work at NEC with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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