NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation (or CI) department, a forward-looking cabal within this classical conservatory, has grown from a period of perceived irrelevance to a thriving hub of musical exploration. It’s celebrating its 40th birthday with a series of concerts, including an alumni showcase Friday that will range from Brazilian jazz to Appalachian fiddle tunes.
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