The State of Jazz Composition Symposium and Concert Series

A Five-Day Symposium and Concert Series

Jazz composition was the founding discipline of Berklee College of Music. Teaching systems of arranging and composition to professionals was the hallmark of the institution, and there is a long lineage of successful alumni to illustrate that point. At this juncture, the music industry has evolved, and the discipline of jazz composition has adapted to that evolution.

What is the current state of that creative evolution?  What forces are influencing that evolution?  Who are the key players as jazz takes its next steps forward?  To seek the answers to these questions and more, Berklee College of Music has assembled an impressive gathering of some of today's most celebrated, creative jazz artists for the State of Jazz Composition Symposium and Concert Series, to be held April 22-27, 2014.

The symposium will host visiting artists Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, Billy Childs, Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Patrice Rushen, and more.  The 6-day event will include panel discussions, workshops, master classes, and concerts.

Watch panel discussion excerpts with Blanchard, Childs, Rushen, and Schneider: