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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Jazz and Contemporary Music Chamber Music Series | Speedbumps

Wednesday • November 20, 2019   |   7:30 pm

The second Concert in the 2019-2020 JCM Concert Series will feature the other two chamber groups in the Department. The first, led by Peter Cassino will showcase a very common arrangement in jazz and that is the duo. Vocalist Jili Sha and pianist David Harewood have worked to refine a few tunes within this musical context. This is a challenge faced by many jazz musicians over the years and Jili and David will join the ranks of artists like Bill Evans and Tony Bennet.

Jili Sha – Voice

David Harewood – Piano

This concert will also feature another one of the smaller JCM chamber groups: The Harmolodic Ensemble. Led by Dave Bryant, this ensemble is based on student compositions. They have been workshopping tunes written based on Harmolodics, the musical philosophy and improvisational method of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. This method seeks to free musical compositions from any tonal center, allowing harmonic progression independent of traditional European notions of tension and release.

Harmolodics may loosely be defined as an expression of music in which harmony, movement of sound, and melody all share the same value. The general effect that the music achieves is an immediately open expression, unconstrained tonally, rhythmically, or harmonically. This performance will feature:

Hayes Cummings – Guitar

Alexander Dillon – Drums

Soso Gelovani – Bass

Esteban Godoy – Piano

Sungjun Lee – Trumpet

Speedbumps is presented by the Longy Jazz and Contemporary Music Department. This is the second of many concerts featuring the JCM Department and the incredibly diverse range of music coming out of Longy.


DUO a selection of any of these (TBD as of yet)

Some Other Time 1944 – Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise 1928 – Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951), Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)

Love is here to stay 1937 –  George and Ira Gershwin(1898-1937 / 1896-1983)

Come rain or come shine 1946 –  Harold Arlen (1905-1986), Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)


Featuring original compositions by:

something else! 2019 – Hayes Cummings 1992

Just some blues 2019 – Esteban Godoy

This Way to Quiznos 2019 – Alex Dillon 1994

New Up Top 2019 – Sungjun Lee

Full House- Soso Gelovani


Wednesday • November 20, 2019
7:30 pm
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Wolfinsohn Recital Room
Zabriskie House 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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