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Jazz and Contemporary Music • UNPLAYED/UNHEARD featuring New England Jazz Collaborative

Friday • October 7, 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. 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.


Unplayed/Unheard features a performance of new music by New England Jazz Collaborative, with students from Longy’s Jazz and Contemporary Music department opening the concert. Members of the New England Jazz Collaborative, a jazz orchestra and composer collective, will work with Longy Jazz and Contemporary Music students throughout the semester – the only partnership of its kind!

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The New England Jazz Collaborative is dedicated to presenting new music by a diverse group of living composers, and to expanding the audience for jazz and related genres.

Text for "Bug's World" and "The Three Tales"

Bug’s World and The Three Tales are pieces that utilize structured improvisation techniques that are informed by the text and narrative of the poem, “Bien pudiera ser” by Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938 Suiza/Argentina).

Pudiera ser que todo lo que todo lo que en verso he sentido
No fuera más que aquello que nunca pudo ser,
No fuera más que algo vedado y reprimido
De familia en familia, de mujer en mujer.
Dicen que en los solares de mi gente, medido
Estaba todo aquello que se debía hacer…
Dicen que silenciosas las mujeres han sido
De mi casa materna…Ah, bien pudiera ser…
A veces en mi madre apuntaron antojos
De liberarse, pero, se le subió a los ojos
Una honda amargura, y en la sombra lloró.
Y todo eso mordiente, vencido, mutilado,
Todo eso que se hallaba en su alma encerrado,
Pienso que sin quererlo lo he libertado yo.

“It may be”
Maybe all that my verses have expressed
is simply what was never allowed to be;
Only what was hidden and suppressed
from woman to woman, from family to family.
They say that in my house tradition was
the rule by which one did things properly;
they say the women of my mother´s house
were always silent – yes, it well may be.
Sometimes my mother felt longings to be free,
but then a bitter wave rose to her eyes
and in the shadows she wept.
And all this-caustic, betrayed, chastisedall
this that in her soul she tightly kept,
I think that, without knowing, I have set it free.


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Friday • October 7, 2022
8:00 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
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