SJCE is very pleased and honored to announce that we have received a Group Projects Grant from 4Culture, a Cultural Service Agency for King County WA.

The grant was awarded to help fund our most ambitious project yet: A Composer/Choreographer Collaboration in partnership with the Karin Stevens Dance Company. 4 choreographers will be paired with 4 SJCE composers to create 4 new dance pieces with original music. Music will be scored for a 9-piece band. The project is under way and performances are slated for March 2012.

In other news, SJCE is making a record!

On Oct. 9 and 10 we will be recording 8 original works that we have commissioned in the last 3 years. SJCE is excited to record music by Samantha Boshnack, Beth Fleenor, Jim Knodle, Michael Owcharuk, Nate Omdal, Michael Catts, Andrew Oliver and Elsa Nilsson. This recording is made possible in part by the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.


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).

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