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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Imagine Orchestra • Bill Banfield • Ensemble-in-Residence

Friday, November 11 2022   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

 

Imagine Orchestra, Ensemble-in-Residence

Celebrated composer, guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield is Senior Scholar in Residence at Longy!

The Imagine Orchestra—joined by Longy students for this specially curated concert—is a chamber jazz ensemble featuring some of Boston’s brightest musical talents with an approach to composing and performing where the music is both fully orchestrated and improvised.

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Dr. Bill Banfield has written works that have been commissioned by several leading orchestras, recorded by prominent labels, and performed by the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Nnenna Freelon, and many others.

Bill Banfield’s remarkable career of arts leadership, scholarship, and musical innovation spans a wide array of roles—from Founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music, to Research Associate for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage—and from national public radio show host with the Tavis Smiley Show to three-time Pulitzer Prize judge in American music. He is also an award-winning composer and conducts with acclaimed eclectic chamber ensemble Imagine Orchestra. As an author, he has penned six books on the intersection of music, cultural criticism and Blackness. “Bill Banfield is one of the most original voices on the scene today…His musings help us make sense of…change across generations, from jazz to hip-hop, the Harlem Renaissance to Cuba. They remind us that we each play a part, as makers, producers, listeners, or consumers, in the symphony of expression marking the beats of our journey here on earth.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Date:
Friday, November 11 2022
Time:
8:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Venue

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States