New composition commissioned by Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble

I’m very excited to premiere a new piece with the PJCE Large Ensemble for their Tenth Anniversary Celebration. I’ve released two albums on the PJCE Record label “Songs for a Young Heart” in 2013 and “Dreaming Awake” in 2015. 

From the PJCE about the non-profit and the Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 20th:

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is turning ten! Since our first concert in January of 2008, the PJCE has been proving that Oregon jazz artists can make world-class music when the opportunity. On October 20th at the Fremont Theatre, we celebrate this important milestone by telling our story—how artists can build a network of support that allows them to reach new heights of creativity and connects them to the most important conversations of our time.

Our featured composer, Barra Brown, is an up and coming artist who represents the best of what’s to come in Oregon jazz. He is an artist with diverse interests—from jazz to indie-folk to hip-hop—and works steadily as a drummer, composer, and producer, pursuing his own creative vision with his Barra Brown Trio and hip-hop duo Korgy and Bass, and supporting others in theirs, like the Shook Twins. His two PJCE Records releases, “Dreaming Awake” from 2015 and “Songs for a Young Heart” from 2013, show his inventive approach to songwriting and arranging, and incorporate a joyful, dynamic approach to the drumset.

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is the only non-profit organization in the state dedicated exclusively to commissioning and performing new music by professional Oregonian composers. The 17-18 season will be the PJCE’s tenth, and we’ve distinguished ourselves in some key ways over that time. We designed a three-part programming philosophy to inform what we do: we strive to make every PJCE program unique, collaborative, and community-oriented.

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