Slide Show: The 2016 State of Jazz Composition Symposium
At Berklee's second biennial State of Jazz Composition Symposium, from April 19–22, 2016, some of jazz's brightest stars came together to explore the genre's tradition of innovation and to ponder the current state of its creative evolution.
Eric Gould, chair of the Jazz Composition Department, said, "The symposium was another big step toward our goal of connecting Berklee students with some of the foremost composers in our music today in an atmosphere where they can learn through creative engagement, listening, interaction, and performance. Composers Darcy James Argue, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Andy Milne, and Samuel Torres all contributed unique perspectives as visiting artists, and enriched the students' understanding of the broad universe of jazz composition."
Guest artists at the previous State of Jazz Composition Symposium included Blanchard and Childs as well as Maria Schneider, Geri Allen '14H, Vijay Iyer, Patrice Rushen, and Rudresh Mahanthappa.