MIT’s documentary about the event:
QUOTES ABOUT JACOB:
“Jazz music’s new messiah” – The Guardian
“The 8th wonder of the world” – Incognito
“I have never in my life seen a talent like this… Beyond category. One of my favourite young artists on the planet – absolutely mind- blowing ” – Quincy Jones
“Wow Jacob your stuff is amazing” – Herbie Hancock
Imagination Off The Charts—Jacob Collier at MIT
A unique project—Jacob Collier’s first-ever college residency—brings together the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT’s Ben Bloomberg and other members of the MIT music community.
Hailed by The Guardian as “Jazz’s New Messiah,” 22-year- old ground-breaking British musician Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer, music-video creator and a unique creative force with limitless potential. With musical interests ranging from the Renaissance to the present—and everything in between—this young artist epitomizes Ellington’s phrase, “Beyond Category,” which the Duke reserved for only the greatest musicians.
Collier’s music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, world, contemporary classical, pop, gospel, R&B and soul. He is well known for his viral YouTube videos, which have turned numerous legendary artists into fans, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, David Crosby, Jamie Cullum, Take 6 and Quincy Jones—now his manager/mentor.
Collier’s December residency at MIT—culminating with a major concert in Kresge Auditorium on December 10—involves several first-time elements. Collier and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE) with additional musicians will present the premiere of an experimental piece crafted by Collier. Several new big band arrangements of Collier’s music will also be featured, two of which crafted by MIT alumnus Jamshied Sharifi and one by Collier himself. The concert will also include Collier performing some jazz standards with the FJE as well as some solo performances.
Collier grew up in a family of musicians and has honed his musical ideas from a very young age. He has embraced the world of the Internet to share his distinct form of creativity, becoming best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualizes every component with a mosaic of screens. Since his first YouTube upload in December 2011, Jacob’s online social channels have garnered over 150,000 international followers and more than 7.5 million YouTube views.
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Picture below: Daniele rehearsing with Jacob Collier at Kresge Auditorium featuring an 80 pieces Orchestra, a 20 pieces big band and a 60 pieces choir.