Joel Harrison Clinic

Thursday / October 13, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

Guitarist, composer, and vocalist Joel Harrison has developed a singular voice through immersion in jazz, modern classical, world traditions, and American roots music. His rejection of stylistic boundaries has led him to freely wander wherever inspiration is found, from inner-city blues bars to the finest concert halls. Harrison has released twelve albums of his own compositions and arrangements since 1995, and has received commissions and fellowships from Meet the Composer, the Flagler Cary Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Chamber Music America. He is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. His latest recording focuses on arrangements of jazz drummer Paul Motian's compositions. This one-of-a-kind ensemble features a string quartet and two guitars.

The clinic will focus on the process of developing an original compositional voice with jazz language as a foundation. Harrison will select passages from the charts that exemplify influences outside of jazz, and describe how they became integrated into his vocabulary. Emphasis will be given to modern classical music, American roots music, and Hindustani classical music. The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins will be there to perform selected passages and pieces.