The HMS Improvised Music & Medicine Series is a monthly concert series with local, professional and touring improvisers, as well as workshops and conversations between musicians and HMS physician/scientist/& student players.
The first concert is Breakaway Quartet. Originating in 2015 as a spinoff from The Whammies (a project dedicated to exploring the music of the late saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy), Breakaway works with compositions contributed by its members, each of whom has an extensive resume in new jazz and improvised music.
The music operates freely within compositional frameworks, and incorporates influences from American and European jazz, free improvisation, and new music.
In partnership with the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative.