22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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A World in Which I Can Exist | Graduating Student Recital | Eric Klaxton

Sunday, May 22   |   3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


Eric Klaxton- Tenor Saxophone
Chris Klaxton- Trumpet
Mike Effenberger- Keys
John Mettam- Drums
Scott Kiefner- Bass

All compositions by Eric Klaxton.

Program Notes

Coming from a place of eclectic appreciation for music and the arts, Klaxton has written a collection of music that’s both personal and sure to speak to any audience. The music is inspired as much by growing up in the 90’s as it is by contemporary jazz, classical, or electronic music. Assembling a band of incredible improvisers, each performance takes on a new shape and highlights the beauty of spontaneity.

Thank you to the band for their time, energy and support in preparing this original music.
Thank you to my family for the decades of support and encouragement.
Thank you to Taylor for your endless love and support. You’ve heard more long-tones than any partner should have to.
Thank you to all my friends.

“Let’s remind each other to engage in the beauty of being. Let’s share what we make for each other.”
-CJL (for whom this recital is dedicated)

Eric Klaxton

Eric Klaxton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in the stretch of seacoast where New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts meet. Eric has become a recognizable figure in a broad and prolific community of musicians and artists. Working as a freelance saxophonist, pianist, and educator, he has played with and arranged for a substantial number of ensembles. When he isn’t performing or teaching, Klaxton is an active producer and studio engineer.


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Sunday, May 22
3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States