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Jerry Gates on Creating Non-Functional Chord Progressions

Date(s) - 01/06/2021
2:00 pm

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Date And Time: Wed, Jan 6, 2021, 2:00 PM CST

LA 12 PM | NY 3 PM | UK 8 PM

Jerry Gates on Creating Non-Functional Chord Progressions

In this session Jerry will continue his most recent ASMAC presentation with additional techniques gleaned from his studies with the late orchestrator and composer Jack Smalley. He will discuss techniques that can yield random and interesting harmonic progressions. The basis of this session will be the creation of your own 12-pitch source and then demonstrate how to derive triadic and 4-part chord progressions from it.

Composer, producer, educator, orchestrator and arranger Jerry Gates has been a music industry professional for over thirty-five years. Working globally, Jerry’s most recently completed projects include symphonic treatments and arranging original music for the jazz quartet Poetic Jazz, based in Switzerland and Germany. He has also composed string arrangements for noted artist from Madrid, Spain Jorge Perez and his band, Patax. Jerry has produced, orchestrated and conducted string sessions for noted Egyptian producer/Arab Idol judge Hassan El Shaffei. He has also produced, composed and arranged music for Nestlé’s “Wonk Your Room” online promotion and’s “Loss For Lyrics” online Web promotion. Finally, Jerry composed the score for a documentary retrospective of Florida’s poet laureate, the late Edmund Skellings titled, “Ed Skellings – In His Own Words.”

His television and radio credits include Bank of America, Log Cabin maple syrup, Scope mouthwash, Marlboro cigarettes, and music preparation for “The Dennis Miller Show,” jazz great Bill Holman, and film composers Jack Smalley and Richard Band.

At Berklee College of Music he teaches in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He is is one of four directors for the large ensemble recording orchestra at Berklee College of Music, and at the rank of Professor, teaches Contemporary Arranging techniques, Directed Studies in Arranging, Contemporary Twelve-Tone Composition, Orchestration, Writing and Production in the Recording Studio and Music Preparation courses at Berklee College of Music.

Jerry has authored “Arranging For Horns,” published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard Publishing and also authored three of Berklee Online’s arranging courses.

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