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Jazz and Contemporary Music | Harmolodic Ensemble

Friday • December 1, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00
Longy’s performance are free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s work as improviser and composer introduced an entirely unique approach to navigating melody, harmony and rhythm that he called Harmolodics. The Harmolodic Ensemble explores compositional and improvisational concepts and techniques inspired by Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodic Theory. Following lectures explicating theoretical aspects of the material, students submit compositions demonstrating their understanding of the concepts involved.

Jazz and Contemporary Music (JCM) | Class Performance

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Keyboardist and composer Dave Bryant is best known for his work as a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time group. Bryant joined the band in 1990, touring worldwide and performing on Prime Time’s “Tone Dialing” CD. His most recent release under his own name was “Night Visitors” in 2020, which features the stellar rhythm section of Charnett Moffett and Gregg Bendian. Other credits include performances with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Badal Roy, Bern Nix, G. Calvin Weston, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, and Eric Person. Bryant is currently producing and performing in the Third Thursdays concert series, sponsored by Appalachian Springs Foundation. The series features performances and interviews with fellow Ornette Coleman sidemen, as well as musicians from the Boston area. Videos of concert highlights and interviews are available at the Dave Bryant Music YouTube channel. He has also performed and lectured in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, and Istanbul. Bryant lives in Cambridge MA, where he teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.


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Friday • December 1, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Longy’s Alternative Library Performance Space
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.