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2023.6.8 Chuck Owen Composer Spotlight


June 8, 2023

Event Type

Composer Spotlight

Chelsea McBride

Event Type Description

Composer Spotlights feature a Presenting Artist outlining compositional concepts contained within their own work by examining score & audio excerpts.


Creative Arranging: Applying Your Personal Stamp

About the Presenting Artists(s)

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and five GRAMMY nominations, Chuck’s compositions have been performed by the Netherlands’ Metropole Orch., WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orch., Aarhus Big Band, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orch., Tonight Show Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, US Army Jazz Ambassadors and numerous others. Chuck’s thoughtful, creative, evocative, and intensely personal work is steeped in the jazz tradition but draws liberally and often playfully from a diverse array of additional influences.

Since 1995, Owen’s primary creative outlet has been his own 19-piece Jazz Surge. Serving as conductor & primary composer/arranger, he produced each of the Surge’s 7 highly feted CDs. "Whispers On the Wind" was recognized with 4 Grammy Nominations while "River Runs", a stunning 5-movement genre-bending orchestral/big band hybrid and The Comet’s Tail also received Grammy nominations.

Owen is the founding President of ISJAC and Distinguished Professor Emeritus from USF.

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