2014 State of Jazz Composition Symposium
A Five-Day Symposium and Concert Series
- Keynote Speaker: Don Was, President of Blue Note Records
- Guest Artists: Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, Patrice Rushen, and Rudresh Mahanthappa
- Clinics, Panels, and Workshops
The 2014 symposium hosted visiting artists Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, Billy Childs, Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Patrice Rushen, and others. The event included panel discussions, workshops, master classes, and concerts.
Watch panel discussion excerpts with Blanchard, Childs, Rushen, and Schneider:
Events from the 2014 Symposium
Browse a list of archived events from the 2014 symposium.
The American Composers Orchestra, in collaboration with the Berklee Jazz Composition Department, presents this panel discussion and workshop geared toward students who seek a greater understanding of the nuances of string writing in a jazz context. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Vijay Iyer, and Patrice Rushen.
"Outside the Box" with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Vijay Iyer, and Joanne Brackeen
Hosted by Berklee alumna and Revive Music founder Meghan Stabile, this panel will focus on breaking free of perceived constraints in approaching jazz, and what that means from an artistic and industry perspective.
Vijay Iyer is at the forefront of an emerging field of research in music: the study of embodied cognition. He received his doctorate in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches at Harvard University.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Presents: Creativity and Expression in the Arts, an Interactive Composition Workshop with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Anthony Scibilia
In this workshop, students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform and present their compositions to BGJI faculty members Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Anthony Scibilia and receive their feedback in front of the audience.
A selection of the best works by jazz composition majors in the spring semester.
Professor David Fiuczynski will perform microtonal "grooveJamz" with the Planet MicroJam Institute ensemble.
A hands-on music laboratory focusing on the historic and creative development of global jazz, from Africa to Europe and the Americas.
George S. Clinton, noted film composer and chair of Berklee's Film Scoring Department, will moderate this discussion of the role and development of jazz in film. Panelists will include Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs.
David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements.
Terence Blanchard presents a master class with the Jazz Composition Workshop Ensemble.
Pianists and composers Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers.
Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, an 1992 Berklee alumnus, has frequently been listed in DownBeat's Critics Poll since 2003. He will present a concert of his works with Berklee students.
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today."
What Does the Future Hold? with Don Was, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Geri Allen
A student-led discussion of the future of jazz is presented by the Jazz Collective, a Berklee student organization. This panel will field questions from Berklee students on what they see coming around the corner for future jazz artists.
Pianist and composer Geri Allen will receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee this May. Here, this celebrated artist will take us on a journey inside her musical ideas.
Maria Schneider will present her works from her own artistic perspective. The workshop will focus on her creative processes, ensemble techniques, and impetus behind chosen works that she will present.
Don Was is the president of Blue Note Records, the largest and oldest jazz record label. Blue Note boasts a "who's who" of jazz greats on its roster.
Award-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs leads a quartet in performance of some of his small ensemble compositions. Childs is the recipient of a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and has earned three Grammy awards and ten Grammy nominations.
Pianist and composer Patrice Rushen is a regular on the Berklee scene. This concert will offer a look at her compositions, and will afford us the opportunity to see Patrice's work from a variety of angles.
The Future of Large Ensembles, with Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Maria Schneider
This panel will discuss the current realities and future of jazz composition for large ensembles.