October 11, 2010 – 7:30 pm


2214 2nd Avenue

$5-15 sliding scale

Info: www.seattlejazzcomposersensemble.com

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.


About seattlejazzcomposersensemble

SJCE was first conceived by co-directors Michael Owcharuk and Nate Omdal in 2007. Their love of large ensemble music instilled a desire to create an infrastructure that provides opportunities for other local composers and musicians to create and perform new large ensemble music. Since then, SJCE has commissioned 15 composers, featured over 30 musicians, produced several large concert events a year, and performed many grassroots concerts; all sustained through community support. SJCE has received support from 4Culture, The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and has garnered media attention from the Seattle Times, The Stranger, and 94.9fm KUOW. SJCE is an partner artist program of the non-profit fiscal sponsorship and consultation company Shunpike, a 501(c)(3).

2 responses »

  1. Ismael Marrero says:

    hey, there,
    I’m not sure that I’ll make the concert tonight. I was at the one in February, which I thoroughly enjoyed and of which I wrote a review for “MSV—The Ennio Morricone Society” newsletter. in any case, please let me know how to make an in-kind donation to the SJCE. (also, if you’d like a copy of my review, please let me know that, too.) thanks in advance.
    cheers, and break a leg tonight!

    • Info says:


      Good to hear from you again. Hope things are going well with you. Thanks so much for your support. If we can ever do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      If you would like to make a charitable donation, there is a logo/link on the right side of our website you can click which will take you to our fiscal parter Shunpike’s web page for our group.

      Thanks again. Hope to talk to you soon


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