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Our Story:

The Bushwick Bookclub Seattle and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble(SJCE) have joined forces to produce a big event featuring: The Bible!  And we need your help in raising $3000 to help make it happen.

10 Songwriters have written 10 new songs based on 10 stories form the Bible’s Old Testament. SJCE took these songs and arranged them for a 7-piece band and chamber choir. On March 28 and 29, at Seattle Town Hall, all this comes together to bring you an evening of song, comedy, and theater, re-imagining stories from one of the oldest, influential, and contraversial books we know.

This community project involves the work of over 30 artists and reflects a wide range of music and arts found here in Seattle. It is our most ambitious project yet.  The goal is to provide audiences with a meaningful, high quality, multi-disciplinary experience and an opportunity for artists that normally don’t work together to work together.

This fundraising drive is to raise money to pay for the venue rental fee and production costs. Covering these expenses ahead of time enables us to give more of the money generated by ticket sales to the artists who created the work. Your support will put more money in the hands of these folk that are composing, arranging, performing, and producing this event.

Our Artists:

Bushwick Bookclub Seattle Songwriters: Lisa KochSpekulation, Eric Lane Barnes, Bucket of Honey, Tai Shan, Beth Fleenor, Tamara Rose Power-Drutis, Vince Martinez, Amanda Sue Winterhalter, and Wes Waddell.

Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble Arrangers:  Michael Owcharuk, Nate Omdal, David Marriott Jr., and special guest Wayne Horvitz.

Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble: Cynthia Mullis and Brian Bermudez-saxophones, Samantha Boshnack-trumpet, David Marriott Jr.-trombone, Michael Owcharuk-piano, Nate Omdal-bass, Adam Kessler-drums.

Choir: featuring 12 members of the Seattle Men’s and Women’s chorus’ and directed by Eric Lane Barnes.

Actors/Hosts: MJ Seiber and Evan Mosher

Production Team: Geoff Larson, Beth Fleenor, Michael Owcharuk, Nate Omdal, and Eric Lane Barnes

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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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