Chuck Owen

Owen paints with intriguing hues . . . . .refreshes with lyrical lines and hues . . . .(and) is suffused with some of the tastiest contemporary sounds around.”


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“An incredibly colorful portrait . . . . the voices of Jack Wilkins and LaRue Nickelson soaring throughout.”
Dave Liebman

 
 
 

“A tour de force in contemporary orchestral composition…
Rufus Reid

 
 
 

“Pure joyful sounds. Harmony that lives up to the word. Jazz has never sounded better.”
Bob Belden

 
 
 

“‘River Runs deep . . . .free-flowing into cross-currents, but always moving
forward towards it’s destination . . . . an Ocean of Melody, Sound and Soul.”
Randy Brecker

Composers Notes

There is little more conducive to an extended, free-flowing conversation than finding yourself floating leisurely down a sparkling river on a warm, sunny day. Nevertheless, I find one of the most desired attributes in a canoe or raft partner is the ability to sense intuitively when to maintain perfect silence and just let the sounds of the river speak for themselves. Wanting to accord the same respect to my listeners, I’m tempted to let “River Runs” simply speak for itself – knowing it will address each listener in a completely unique way and with much more eloquence than I am likely to muster here…..more

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News
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra Project
[ November 2014 ]

One of Denmark’s finest professional jazz ensembles, the Aarhus (formerly Kluvers) Jazz Orchestra, led by Artistic Director, Lars Moeller, has engaged Chuck as guest conductor, composer/arranger in a Feb. 2015 program that also features the ensemble’s incredibly talented tenor saxophonist /composer, Michael Bladt. Chuck is currently crafting several new arrangements of Michael’s inventive and engaging compositions that will be premiered alongside some of Chuck’s original big band works during this concert series.

The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic under the direction of Justin DiCioccio will perform the River Runs concerto in its entirety! Featured guest soloists are: Donny McCaslin (Sx), Jack Wilkins (Gtr), and Sarah Caswell (Vln)!!

Chuck was honored with USF’s “Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award” in a luncheon on Oct. 27th.

Reprising last year’s successful mini-tour surrounding the release of “River Runs”, Chuck is, once again, offering lectures and workshops at several Universities. Several spring 2015 dates are also in the works.
Oct. 14 – Univ. of Florida
Oct. 15 – Columbus State Univ.
Oct. 15 – Kennesaw State Univ.
Oct. 21, 22 – Coast Carolina University
Nov. 5 – Univ. of Connecticut
Nov. 6 – Manhattan School of Music

Chuck was honored with two nominations in this year’s GRAMMY Awards.

“Bound Away” (Mvmt. I) was nominated as “Best Instrumental Composition” while “A Ridge Away” (Mvmt. IV) was nominated in the category of “Best Instrumental Arrangement”.   The list of those joining Chuck as nominees in the above categories is quite awe-inspiring – literally a “Who’s Who” of jazz composers:  Gordon Goodwin, the late Clare Fischer, Vince Mendoza, Scott Healy, Kim Richmond, Nan Schwartz, and Gil Goldstein.  The GRAMMY Awards will be given out in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.