Seasons Greetings! SJCE News for 2013

Happy Holidays from everyone at SJCE!  We are very pleased to announce 2 exciting collaborations and performances happening next year:

March 28 and 29, 2013 – SJCE has partnered with The Bushwick Bookclub and Captain Smartypants to present songs about the Bible’s Old Testament arranged for choir and 7 piece band! At Town Hall.

April 2013 – The Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Composers Alliance, and SJCE  will be presenting a concert featuring live band scoring to new original, silent films.  Films and music are the result of a collaboration between local film-makers and composers.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Confluence/Influence; A Composer/Choreographer Collaboration

Confluence/Influence:                                                             A Composer/Choreographer Pairing

The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble has joined forces with Karin Stevens Dance to produce an evening of new work created through an idiosyncratic Composer/Choreographer pairing. Four composers have been paired with four choreographers to generate the new work, together, from the ground up. Unlike most collaborations between the mediums of music & dance, the works created through this project do not start with either medium independent of the other. Instead the artists create the entirety of the work alongside each other – conceiving, sculpting, and developing their creation side by side. Through this highly in-depth process, each work will become something else entirely – not music for dance, or dance with music, but rather a more holistic synthesis of the two.

Featured Artists:

Karin Stevens Dance + Michael Owcharuk

UMAMI Performance + Beth Fleenor

Amy Weaver + Catherine Grealish

Khambatta Dance Company + Stephen Fandrich

Music performed live by a 9-piece ensemble:

Cynthia Mullis, Brian Bermudez, Chris Credit – saxophones and woodwinds;        Samantha  Boshnack – trumpet; Greg Campbell – French Horn;  David Marriott – trombone; Jacques Willis – vibraphone; Adam Kozie – drums

4/27 & 4/28/12
All Ages                               
8pm                                      
                                                
The Chapel Performance Space
The Good Shepherd Center                                                                                   
4649 Sunnyside Ave N                     
                                                                          
$15 / $7 students & seniors
Tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238736

Coming up in April, SJCE is very pleased to announce 2 great events:

~ April 5, 2012, 7:30pm ~

Moisture Festival presents:

The Sound of Silents with a Side of Schtick

in collaboration with SIFF, the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and the Seattle Composers Alliance

For one night only, travel back to a bygone era when cinema and vaudeville shared the same bill.  Revel in in 6 exceptional examples of early cinema accompanied by newly composed scores and performed live by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble. In between films, the Moisture Festival presents a carefully curated collection of vaudeville acts presided over by MC Kevin Joyce.

Films and composers:

The Hearts of Age, 1934, dir. Orson Welles, composer Michael Owcharuk Symphonie Diagonale, 1924, dir. Viking Eggeling, composer Catherine Grealish Policeman’s Little Run, 1907, dir. Ferdinand Zecca, composer Eric Nielsen  Golden Beetle, 1907, dir. Segundo de Chomón, composer Beth Fleenor            The Great Train Robbery, 1903, dir. Edwin S. Porter, composer Nate Omdal    The Dragonfly and the Ant, 1913, dir. Ladislaw Starewicz, composer Del Engen

Performers:

Magician Jay Alexander                                                                                        Magician Alfredo Fettuccine                                                                                  Physical Comedian Bill Robinson

4/5/12, 7:30pm                                                                                                         $15 / $12 SIFF Members / No Vouchers                                                        SIFF Cinema at the Uptown                                                                                     511 Queen Anne Ave North                                                                                        Tickets: http://www.siff.net/cinema/detail.aspx?FID=242&id=45073

~ April 27 & 28, 2012, 8pm ~

Confluence/Influence:                                                             A Composer/Choreographer Pairing

The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble has joined forces with Karin Stevens Dance to produce an evening of new work created through an idiosyncratic Composer/Choreographer pairing. Four composers have been paired with four choreographers to generate the new work, together, from the ground up. Unlike most collaborations between the mediums of music & dance, the works created through this project do not start with either medium independent of the other. Instead the artists create the entirety of the work alongside each other – conceiving, sculpting, and developing their creation side by side. Through this highly in-depth process, each work will become something else entirely – not music for dance, or dance with music, but rather a more holistic synthesis of the two.

Featured Artists:

Karin Stevens Dance + Michael Owcharuk                                                          UMAMI Performance + Beth Fleenor                                                                           Amy Weaver + Catherine Grealish                                                                            Khambatta Dance Company + Stephen Fandrich

Music performed live by a 9-piece ensemble:

Cynthia Mullis, Brian Bermudez, Chris Credit – saxophones and woodwinds;         Samantha  Boshnack – trumpet; Greg Campbell – French Horn;                                  David Marriott – trombone; Jacques Willis – vibraphone; Adam Kozie – drums

4/27 & 4/28/12, 8pm,                                                                                             All Ages                                                                                                                      The Chapel Performance Space                                                                        The Good Shepherd Center                                                                                    4649 Sunnyside Ave N                                                                                                $15 / $7 students & seniors

Tickets avaialble here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238736

 

SJCE Volume 1. is here!

We are very proud to announce the release of our debut record: SJCE Volume 1. We record 8 tracks by 7 composers: Beth Fleenor, Samantha Boshnack, Chad McCullough. Michael Owcharuk, Nate Omdal, Michael Catts, and Jim Knodle.

These tracks were played by an incredible 12-piece band.  We are offering the CD as a digital download on a Pay-What-You-Want basis.

Please click the link below to check out the record:

Thanks to the generous patrons who contributed to make this record happen!

Made possible in part by a grant from Jack Straw Productions.

We reached our funding goal! Thank you!

We here at SJCE are so excited and thankful that we reached our funding goal of $1500 to make our first record.  We recorded 7 compositions by local Seattle composers Samantha Boshnack, Beth Fleenor, Jim Knodle, Chad McCullough, Nate Omdal, Michael Owcharuk, and Philadelphia composer Michael Catts.

We had a lot of fun at the recording session and this video shows it:

Look for the record in December 2011.

Thank you to our gracious donors who made this happen:

Sustaining Patrons: Basil Gavalas, Ed Arnold, Olena Schumylowych, Justin Smith & Jeanne Freng, Anna de Santis.

Executive Producers: Kim Dalton, Marsha Omdal, Liz Sanderson.

Associate Producers: Alden Kroll, Danielle Vaughn, Karen Bermudez, Colleen Benson, Robert Ross.

Producers: Josie Herman, Richard Rodseth, Joshua Shafkind, Catherine Grealish, Reed Omdal.


Community Partners:

Recording studio time made possible in part by a grant from Jack Straw Productions.

Rehearsal space provided by Belltown Ballet and Conditioning Studio.

Food provided by Blue Moon Burgers.

The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble is making our first record and we need your help!

The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble is making our first record and we need your help! Please become part of our growing network of patrons, artists, and music and art lovers.

SJCE is asking you to help us raise $1500. Your money goes directly to produce the recording of 7 compositions by 7 local composers scored for a 12-piece ensemble of local musicians.

In return for your support we have some gifts for you:

  • $10+ donation – high-quality digital download of the album and listing as producer in the album liner notes.
  • $25+ donation – 1lb of exclusive SJCE blend coffee from Middlefork Roasters, plus the download, and listing as associate producer.
  • $50+ donation – Band autographed poster of the album cover art by Nate Omdal, the coffee, the download, and a listing as executive producer.

Please feel free to donate absolutely any amount you can. No matter how big or small, every dollar counts!

SJCE goes into the studio on Oct. 9 and 10 and we can’t finish this project without your help.

Want to take advantage of your employer’s donation matching?  Please contact Michael Owcharuk (michael dot owcharuk at gmail dot com) for more info and added perks for you and your company.

Here is some footage from last weeks rehearsal for the recording:

The SJCE is proud to announce that we have officially begun work on our first album. We are more that pleased to feature the work and talents of many fine musicians and composers who have contributed music for our past shows. We would not be in the position we are in today without the work and time of so many great individuals, and we are happy to have the opportunity to record and document the music that has been written for our organization thus far. If you would like to be a part of this process, please click the “Donate” button and make a simple donation of $5 to the SJCE. Your support makes our progress possible.

SJCE makes it’s first record!

Our first videoblog tells all!

SJCE is awarded the 4Culture Group Projects Grant!

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.

Jazz Impressions of Classic Video Game Music

 

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!