Imagination Off the Charts
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.
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.

In 2014, he began working with MIT’s Ben Bloomberg (a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab) who helped transform Collier’s video productions into live one-man-show performances. Bloomberg also designed and created a custom unique Vocal Harmonizer, which has provided Collier a vehicle to simultaneously combine his vocal and keyboard talents live.
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.
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