October 11, 2010 – 7:30 pm
2214 2nd Avenue
$5-15 sliding scale
The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble (SJCE), an organization dedicated to creating and performing new works by Pacific Northwest composers and arrangers, has existed since 2007, led by founders Michael Owcharuk and Nate Omdal. This year the organization announced its intentions to grow into a sustainable arts support system, as an associated program of the non-profit fiscal sponsorship and consultation company Shunpike.
As a kick-off event, marking the efforts of this developing jazz advocacy group and a new season of unparalleled productions, the ensemble will perform original arrangements of Ennio Moricone’s music and compositions by local composers Jim Knodle, Samantha Boshnack, Beth Fleenor, Josh Rawlings, Ethan Thomas, Nelson Bell, Michael Owcharuk, and Nate Omdal, among others. All proceeds from the event go to the SCJE’s efforts to become a non-profit organization dedicated to propagating the work of local jazz composers.
more about the inaugural SJCE season
In addition to the kick-off event, the SJCE looks forward to a full year of activities including a Chef/Composer Pairing Series, an Open Call for scores for 17-piece big band, a Jazz Impressions of Classical Works concert, and a special event featuring original music for Burlesque.
more about Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble
SJCE was first conceived as a means to produce unique, large concert events that address a big problem observed in the music community: the lack of infrastructure enabling emerging professional musicians to be compensated for composing, arranging, and performing new, large ensemble music. Since 2007, SJCE has performed many grassroots concerts and produced 3 successful, large ensemble concert events by obtaining grants, cash and in-kind donations.
SJCE exists to create and perform new compositions by Pacific Northwest composers and arrangers while providing sustainable opportunities for continuing education and work advancement for professional musicians. Within this context SJCE strives to provide the public with unique, compelling community events at the lowest cost possible, integrate cross-disciplinary elements to transcend the traditional concert format, showcase Pacific Northwest composers and musicians on a national level, and channel public and private funding directly into the hands of artists for their work.
more about the ARTISTS
Performing artists for the October SJCE concert include: Matt Reid, Scott Morning, Jim Knodle, Jason Parker, and Steve O’Brien (trumpet), Nelson Bell (trombone), Beth Fleenor, Ethan Thomas, Aaron Jenkins (woodwinds), Michael Owcharuk (piano), James Baumgart (guitar), Nate Omdal (bass), and Max Wood (drums), among others.