Composers Ensemble

Tuesdays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 9/19 - 12/5 (11 weeks) no class 11/21

Composers Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles, Composition and Arranging
Day Tue
Instructor Phillip Greenlief
Status inperson event

This ensemble focuses on the development and performance of original compositions. We will examine many approaches to composing with improvisers in mind, including text scores, graphic scores, and traditionally notated works. Each week the class will study works by celebrated composers and play the charts that participants bring in. Previous composition experience is not required, and compositions needn’t fit into a particular genre or style. 

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 11). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 11 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/19 – 12/5 (11 weeks) no class 11/21
Phillip Greenlief, $435 (In-person)
Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory.
To sign up for Jazzschool Adult Ensembles, please visit the Ensemble page here.

About Phillip Greenlief  

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants. Albums include LANTSKAP LOGIC with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis, THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR  (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Greenlief). Recent residencies have included the Banff Center for Art and Creativity and Headlands Center for the Arts. His critical writing has been published in Artforum, open space (SFMOMA), and Signal to Noise.  

“The Bay Area’s do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief.” – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle

Photo: Manuel Enriquez