2016 State of Jazz Composition Symposium
A Five-Day Symposium and Concert Series
The 2016 symposium centered around jazz composition and its tradition of innovation, and featured panel discussions, workshops, master classes, listening sessions, and outstanding concerts.
In addition, Berklee's Learning Center hosted the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington: Beyond Category poster exhibit for the duration of the symposium.
Events from the 2016 Symposium
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Virtuosic composer and congero Samuel Torres, Grammy Award–winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Guggenheim fellowship recipient and brilliant pianist Billy Childs, and big band innovator Darcy James Argue discuss the significance of Afro-Latin rhythms in their creative process.
Hear about the world from the perspective of Colombian conguero and composer Samuel Torres, one of the most important composers and arrangers on the Latin jazz scene today.
Come and meet Darcy James Argue, whose Secret Society is one of the hottest large ensembles around.
In the first student/alumni showcase of the State of Jazz Composition Symposium, guitarist Nacho González will perform a concert of his works featuring Terence Blanchard, the visiting scholar in jazz composition, along with Berklee faculty members George Garzone, Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Pilkington, and Nando Michelin.
This panel will discuss the interaction among tradition, innovation, and social commentary with panelists Darcy James Argue, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, and John Clayton.
This session is a guided journey into the musical world of Darcy James Argue, his influences, and his music.
The Jazz Composition Department hosts a concert of the best and most innovative sounds from jazz composition majors.
Billy Childs merges his personal background with Western classical music in an ingenious and powerful way. Come hear this eminent composer and pianist perform selected works with an exceptional Berklee student ensemble under the direction of Shamie Royston.
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The debate about technology and its role in jazz has been going on for decades. What are the real issues, and what are the paths forward? Our panelists weigh in on the discussion.
Find out more about pianist and composer Andy Milne and his music.
Don't miss this meet and greet with pianist and composer Andy Milne.
Illustrious composer, educator, and bassist John Clayton will appear in a phenomenal and electrifying performance with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins.
Terence Blanchard and Neil Leonard will work with a group of students from Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design and Jazz Composition departments to explore new possibilities for bringing together these rich musical languages. They will then perform what they have explored.
Darcy James Argue's original take on big band's past and future comes to life with Tia Fuller's Rainbow Big Band. His Secret Society band has garnered international critical acclaim.
What is the role of grant writing in the life of a jazz composer, and what are the funding cycles and process? Find out at this workshop with Chamber Music America and composer Andy Milne.
Join us for our final panel discussion of the 2016 State of Jazz Composition Symposium.
Recognized as one of the great and influential voices of the New York jazz scene, Andy Milne joins the Jazz Composition Workshop Ensemble as they perform works from his extensive and impressive repertoire.
Come hear rarely performed works from Terence Blanchard, Samuel Torres, and Eric Gould with the newly created Jazz Composition Orchestra.