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April 20, 2021 3:00–4:30 pm
Online; Open to Duke students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Music & Audio

Music-Making with Jacob Collier

Taught by Jacob Collier

About the Workshop

“Imagine a Prince, a Michael Jackson…a Yo-Yo Ma. Imagine to be able to work with that kind of young artist.”— Frederick Harris, Jr., Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Jacob Collier was an artist-in-residence

Jacob Collier, a twenty-six-year old often described as a “musician’s musician,” catapulted to fame in 2016 after the release of the album In My Room, recorded from his bedroom and building on his reputation for creative, multi-track covers self-released on his YouTube channel. Today, he is considered a prodigy and is lauded as “jazz music’s new messiah” (The Guardian).

Jason King, writing for NPR Music, says: “A precocious North Londoner and conservatory-trained jazz pianist, Collier seems to have no creative limits. Besides gleefully tinkling the ivories, he plays a cornucopia of instruments like electric bass and double bass, drums and percussion, melodica, guitar and ukulele, and he’s also not afraid to go ham on the accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, dulcimer, tabla, autoharp and banjo. He has a lithe tenor, informed by pre-adolescent turns in operatic productions like Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck. He’s awfully fond of stacking his own vocals via multi-track technologies like loop pedals and harmonizers (the latter are custom-built in tandem with MIT graduate student Ben Bloomberg); he can also play these technologies live.”

In 2018, Collier launched a four-part jazz album series titled DjesseDjesse 3, released in August 2020, has been nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. Collier is a five-time Grammy winner and seven-time nominee.

Join Jacob Collier to understand his music-making process, peek “behind the scenes” of his home recording studio, and for the chance to ask this rising legend your questions.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).