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Vortex Ensemble

Vortex Ensemble

The Vortex is a concert series that presents new and improvised music to audiences within the New England area. Our current locations are at The Cafe At the Somerville Armory, Somerville, MA and at Zumix, 260 Sumner St, East Boston, MA.

The shows span diverse musical styles and artistic disciplines, but the common factors remain experimentation and spontaneity. While most performers have a strong affinity for improvisation, this is not required. They may have a background in jazz, or classical training, or be completely self-taught. We actively seek performers from as diverse backgrounds as possible. We only ask one thing: be open.

The Vortex Series varies greatly from month to month. Listeners expect the unexpected. The shows are rarely rehearsed, and combinations of performers who have never performed together before are the norm. Often the show takes a natural form based on who is playing, and it is never set in stone. For example, two separate groups may play two distinct sets, or they may play separately and then together. The “band” of the night could also be a guitarist, a dancer and a painter. It could sound like modern jazz, modern classical, avante-garde, electronic music, beat poetry, or something less easily definable.

The vibe of the shows is relaxed and casual. The intimate size of the space allows audience members to talk to the performers throughout the show.

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