2014 State of Jazz Composition Symposium

A Five-Day Symposium and Concert Series

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:

Read a Boston Globe feature article about the symposium.


Events from the 2014 Symposium

Browse a list of archived events from the 2014 symposium. 

How Composers Get Paid (or Don't): The Broad Issues of Compensation in the New Music Business, with Maria Schneider, Bonnie Hayes, Patrice Rushen, and Don Gorder

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States

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Composer Maria Schneider's recent testimony before Congress is part of a much larger discussion about issues of compensation and protection of intellectual property for composers and songwriters. We will examine some of these issues in this forum, which is held in conjunction with our Music Business and Songwriting departments.

Admission: Free

Jazz Composition with Maria Schneider and Geri Allen

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States

Grammy-winning composers Maria Schneider and Geri Allen will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers

Admission: Free

Women in Jazz: Geri Allen meets Shamie Royston

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115

Grammy-winning composer and pianist Geri Allen will present a concert led by Berklee faculty member Tia Fuller and the Rainbow Ensembles featuring arrangements by up-and-coming pianist, composer, and arranger Shamie Royston.

Admission: Free

Rainbow Big Band: Music of Shamie Royston

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 9:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115

Led by Berklee faculty member Tia Fuller, the exciting and versatile Rainbow Big Band will perform music of pianist, composer, and arranger Shamie Royston for a Friday night big band hang. Free and open to the public.

Admission: Free

Blurred Lines in Composition, with Maria Schneider, Tania León, Patrice Rushen, and Terence Blanchard

Saturday / April 26, 2014 / 11:00 a.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215

Hosted by Professor of Africana Studies Bill Banfield, this panel will explore the growing trend toward the breaking down what have previously been boundaries in composition.

Admission: Free

State of Jazz Keynote Address: Tania Leon

Saturday / April 26, 2014 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215

Cuban-born Tania León, a vital personality on today's music scene, is highly regarded as a composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations.

Admission: Free

Composers of Color

Saturday / April 26, 2014 / 2:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215

Composers of Color is a collective group of composers brought together to discuss and explore the creative conditions of the music of composers of color in the marketplace, academy, and concert world.
The concert will be made up of works by 21st-century composers of color. Concert works ranging from art songs, solo instrumental, and chamber pieces representing a broad range of cultural expressions, styles, and contemporary compositional approaches will be performed.

Admission: Free

The State of Jazz Composition: Terence Blanchard

Sunday / April 27, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115

In this culminating concert of the State of Jazz Composition symposium, Terence Blanchard will perform with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins.

Admission: $16, $8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $20, $12 day of show, reserved seating

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