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Jazz & Contemporary Improvised Music Ensemble (JCIME)

Course Number: Music 147
Instructor: Myra Melford
Rehearsal: TBA
This ensemble course is offered at least one semester per year, either in the fall or the spring. See the Schedule of Classes for more information.

Description and History

Established in 2007, the Jazz & Contemporary Improvised Music Ensemble (JCIME) directed by composer/pianist/ensemble leader Myra Melford, performs many kinds of contemporary music that call for improvisation, including but not limited to jazz, blues, new music, game pieces, structured or conducted improvisations, graduate student compositions, and music by contemporary composers utilizing experimental practices.

JCIME performing at Cal Day


JCIME is open to non-enrolled students and community members, as well as enrolled students, but everyone must audition or be admitted by consent of the instructor. Regular attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in public performances is required.

Audition Information

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Sound Clips

Credits for sound clips:

Theme For Odwalla clip 1,
composed by Roscoe Mitchell,
arr. by Arnaud Casenave and Yanik Jayaram.
Performed on 4.13.07 (noon concert, Hertz Hall) by
Zebulah Baldwin (guitar); Andrew Baltazar (tenor sax, flute); Nick Broten  (tenor sax); Arnaud Casenave  (trumpet); Kirk Danielson  (piano); Karl Alfonso Evangelista (guitar); Yanik Jayaram  (drums); Gary Johnson  (bass)
Joyce Kwon (voice); James Riotto (bass); Kurt Ruppel (trombone); Amy Shen (alto sax, flute)

Theme for Odwalla, clip 2
(same as above)

Fallen Leaves Gather
composed by Jason Levis (graduate student)
performed on May 2, 2008 by
Marié Abe – accordion; Zeb Baldwin – guitar; Eliot Bates – oud; Ryan Cabrera – drums; Alexis Champsaur – piano; Bill Chen – flute; Jesse Engel – guitar; Celia Harris – violin; Dina Maccabee – violin; Joyce Kwon – voice; Lawrence Lee – piano; Heather Frasch – flute

17 Fat Chefs
composed by Marié Abe (graduate student)
performed by
Marié Abe, accordion; Charles Ferris, trumpet; Lisa Mezzacappa, double bass; Jason Levis, drums

For further information, please contact Myra Melford,

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