Advanced tickets for this event are currently sold out. We encourage those who wish to attend to form a rush line at the venue prior to the show on December 10th. People will be seated as and if tickets become available.
The doors will open and seating will begin at 7pm. Please arrive on time. Tickets are all general admission and open seating. There are no assigned seats.
If you paid for your ticket ($5), we would appreciate if you could arrive on time so that the show can begin on time. If you have a free ticket, however, you must arrive no later than 7:45pm in order to secure your free seat. Your free seat will not be guaranteed after 7:45pm.
At 7:45pm we will seat people who are waiting on the ! stand by queue at the door. Stand by seating will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 7:45pm.
Event parking is available in West Garage, 125 Vassar Street, for a fee of $8 payable by credit or debit card. The lot is located on Vassar Street, off of Massachusetts Avenue.
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.
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.
Free in advance for the MIT community
$5 general admission
Co-sponsored by the Center for Art, Science & Technology, CAST.