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America? America!
Boston, Massachusetts
Monday, 14 November 2016 - 7:30 PM
Artists: Chloe Brisson (Voice); Amanda Ekery (Voice); Burcu Gulec (Voice); Isaiah Ian (Voice); Sam Jones (Voice); Alexandra Keller (Voice); Ana Lopez (Voice); Farayi Malek (Voice); Molly Martin (Voice); Robbie Pate (Voice); Franziska Seehausen (Voice); Laila Smith (Voice); Melissa Weikart (Voice); Evan Wright (Voice); Rafael Natan (Oboe, Voice); Dan O'Brien (Bass Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone); Zach Mayer (Saxophone); Daniel Bitran (Alto Saxophone); Gabriel Garcia (Alto Saxophone); Will Greene (Alto Saxophone, Guitar); Isaiah Johnson (Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone); Aaron Blumenthal (Tenor Saxophone); Jeffrey Cox (Trumpet); Leo Hardman-Hill (Trumpet); Rubin Hohlbein (Trumpet); Matt Ethier (Trombone); Kyle Peck (Trombone); Michael Shayte (Trombone); Robyn Smith (Trombone); Frank John (Tuba); Peter Jonatan (Piano); Utsav Lal (Piano); Adam Tuch (Piano); Steven Long (Harmonium, Piano); Christian Cahill (Guitar); Sam Talmadge (Guitar, Voice); Drew Wesely (Guitar, Voice); Devon Hurt (Electric Bass); Dan Raney (Electric Bass); Jonathan Dewitt (Banjo); Sam Fribush (Banjo, Electric Organ, Voice); Daniel Cetlin (Violin); Lily Honigberg (Violin); Eden MacAdam-Somer (Violin); Chris Overholser (Violin); Alexandra Greenwald (Viola); Zachary Lavine (Double Bass); Robert Murphy (Double Bass); Eli Cohen (Drums, Percussion); Mingchen Du (Pipa); Taichiro Ei (Percussion); Mario Fabrizio (Percussion); Gabe Gladstein (Fiddle, Voice); Caroline Kuhn (Tenor Banjo, Voice); Elise Leavy (Accordion, Voice); Matthew Okun (Pedal Steel Guitar); Unchu Pyon (Keyboard); Eladio Rojas (Drums); Chenchu Rong (Percussion, Vibraphone); Damon Smith (Keyboard, Piano, Voice); Jon Starks (Drums)
Under the direction of CI co-chair and multi-instrumentalist Eden MacAdam-Somer, Contemporary Improvisation students and faculty take a look at the music that makes the US who we are, in our country of many cultures. Anthony Coleman leads Survivors Breakfast in Earl Robinson’s Ballad for Americans, the CI Chamber Ensemble presents Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, and Nedelka Prescod’s African American Experience Through Music Ensemble shares their version of Mahalia Jackson’s Canaan Land. You’ll hear Taylor Swift, the Dixie Chicks, Aaron Copland, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Randy Newman, Hank Williams, Blind Willie Johnson, folk music, and originals performed by CI students, faculty, and special guests, including Farayi Malek, Raf Natan, Sam Jones, Daniel O’Brien, Franzi Seehausen, Sam Fribush, Utsav Lal, Isaiah Johnson, Damon Smith, Adam Tuch, Melissa Weikart, Drew Wesely, Caroline Kuhn, and many more.

"This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do." - Jack Kerouac On the Road: the Original Scroll
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Meeropol: Strange Fruit
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Composer: Abel Meeropol
As sung by Billie Holiday.
Reed: I've Endured
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Composer: Ola Belle Reed
Linde: Goodbye Earl
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Composer: Dennis Linde
Newman: Sail Away
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Composer: Randy Newman
Wakely: I'll Never Let You Go
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Composer: Jimmy Wakely
Arranger: Drew Wesely
Swift: Love Story
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Composer: Taylor Swift
Mingus: Meditations
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Composer: Charles Mingus
Franklin: Brighter Day
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Composer: Kirk Franklin
Artists: Chloe Brisson (Voice); Amanda Ekery (Voice); Burcu Gulec (Voice); Isaiah Ian (Voice); Sam Jones (Voice); Alexandra Keller (Voice); Ana Lopez (Voice); Farayi Malek (Voice); Molly Martin (Voice); Robbie Pate (Voice); Franziska Seehausen (Voice); Laila Smith (Voice); Melissa Weikart (Voice); Evan Wright (Voice); Rafael Natan (Oboe, Voice); Dan O'Brien (Bass Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone); Zach Mayer (Saxophone); Daniel Bitran (Alto Saxophone); Gabriel Garcia (Alto Saxophone); Will Greene (Alto Saxophone, Guitar); Isaiah Johnson (Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone); Aaron Blumenthal (Tenor Saxophone); Jeffrey Cox (Trumpet); Leo Hardman-Hill (Trumpet); Rubin Hohlbein (Trumpet); Matt Ethier (Trombone); Kyle Peck (Trombone); Michael Shayte (Trombone); Robyn Smith (Trombone); Frank John (Tuba); Peter Jonatan (Piano); Utsav Lal (Piano); Adam Tuch (Piano); Steven Long (Harmonium, Piano); Christian Cahill (Guitar); Sam Talmadge (Guitar, Voice); Drew Wesely (Guitar, Voice); Devon Hurt (Electric Bass); Dan Raney (Electric Bass); Jonathan Dewitt (Banjo); Sam Fribush (Banjo, Electric Organ, Voice); Daniel Cetlin (Violin); Lily Honigberg (Violin); Eden MacAdam-Somer (Violin); Chris Overholser (Violin); Alexandra Greenwald (Viola); Zachary Lavine (Double Bass); Robert Murphy (Double Bass); Eli Cohen (Drums, Percussion); Mingchen Du (Pipa); Taichiro Ei (Percussion); Mario Fabrizio (Percussion); Gabe Gladstein (Fiddle, Voice); Caroline Kuhn (Tenor Banjo, Voice); Elise Leavy (Accordion, Voice); Matthew Okun (Pedal Steel Guitar); Unchu Pyon (Keyboard); Eladio Rojas (Drums); Chenchu Rong (Percussion, Vibraphone); Damon Smith (Keyboard, Piano, Voice); Jon Starks (Drums)
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