March 25, 2011 – 7:00 pm
University Prep Founder’s Hall
8000 25th Ave NE
$15 general admission, $8 students and seniors

Do you remember staying up all hours of the night to beat that one level? Was the music stuck in your head for days afterwords? Did you ever think about how it would sound if it was played by real musicians? Well, us too.

On Friday, March 25, the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble will present the first of three concert programs for the 2011 season: Jazz Impressions of Classic Video Game Music. The concert will feature arrangements of music from Metroid, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, and Street Fighter 2, written for a 17-piece big band.  

One of the unique qualities of Jazz is its ability to seamlessly assimilate many other different forms of music. So we figured why not video game music.  We asked composers Andrew Boscardin, Evan Flory-Barnes, Nate Omdal, Michael Owcharuk, Josh Rawlings, and Charlie Smith to come up with their interpretations of these iconic melodies. These composers work in a variety of styles ranging from jazz, classical, pop, hip-hop, and indie rock.

Please join us March 25 at University Prep for a family friendly concert that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Come hear the SJCE make their own Sonic Boom!


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. […] also working on an arrangement for the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble’s upcoming concert featuring music from classic Nintendo games and new piece for the vocal ensemble Chrysalis  which will premiere in June (I […]

  2. […] March 25th, the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble will present a concert entitled “Jazz Impressions of Classic Video Game Music.” I’m thrilled to be a part of the concert, and will be contributing an all new […]

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