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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POSTPONED–Solve for X: Featuring Pianist Kris Davis | JCM Visiting Artist Collaborative Concert

Friday • March 13, 2020   |   8:00 pm

This event is postponed. Follow Longy’s update on our coronavirus response.

Longy Presents
Solve for X: Featuring Pianist Kris Davis
A JCM Visiting Artist Collaborative Concert.

On March 13, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Kris Davis comes to Longy as the inaugural visiting artist in a new collaborative concert series.  Fluid within multiple musical idioms, Kris has made an indelible mark on the global jazz community over the past decade, blending elements of jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music. Most recently her release Diatom Ribbons was hailed as the #1 Jazz Album of 2019 by the New York Times. Solve for X, a nod to mathematics that underpin music structures (and also to the challenges of finding spontaneous musical solutions to unknowns while improvising), features Kris Davis and the JCM students collaborating in various settings and combinations. The concert will range from Kris’s solo piano explorations to duo or trio improvisations, to select compositions from Diatom Ribbons, to large ensemble structured improvisation (conduction).

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Friday • March 13, 2020
8:00 pm


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