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Columbia’s Center For Jazz Studies Announces Program for Jazz Composers

The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute aims to educate jazz composers about working with orchestras

George Lewis
Fabien Levy
Alvin Singleton
Derek Bermel
Tania Leon

The divide that often exists between composers and orchestras can be worse in the jazz genre, where conflicting ideas about rhythm, improvisation and dynamics turn many a premiere into creative train wrecks. Afterward, the blame goes back and forth, but in the end, noble failure is still failure.

The folks at Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies and the American Composers Orchestra have joined forces to lessen that divide through a program that will provide instruction to jazz composers who wish to have their work done by orchestras, but who lack the expertise and resources to capitalize on opportunities. The project is called The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) and takes place on the campus of Columbia University in New York City from July 20 to July 24, 2010. Eligible and interested composers at all levels are encouraged to apply now for the program. Up to 35 jazz composers will be selected to participate in the program.

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