Winner of the ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest in the Netherlands in 2011, internationally recognized composer Alan Chan will lead his 17-piece band, which is comprised of some of the best Jazz musicians in Los Angeles. The show features Dr. Chan’s innovative and cross-genre compositions.
This concert is presented by Typhoon at Santa Monica Airport and sponsored by Altadena Energy and Solar.
Alan Chan was the winner of the 2011 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest at the International Jazz Festival in Enschede, Netherlands. His work To Be Continued (aka Tzu Zu Ku) was selected anonymously to compete with finalists from Austria, Canada, Italy and Germany. Dr. Chan is also a recipient of honors from ASCAP, Percussive Arts Society and Los Angeles County Arts Commission, to name a few.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alan studied Classical music for most of his formal training, but fell in love with jazz while attending the University of Miami (1997-2001). Through studying jazz arranging under Gary Lindsay, and encouragement from Shelly Berg at the University of Southern California, big band has become one of his major forms of artistic expression ever since.
In 2008, Shrimp Tale was performed by the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium at the University of South Florida. Shortly after, Alan became a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City, to work on his new compositions with HR Big Band (Frankfurt) Director Jim McNeely and the BMI/NY Jazz Big Band. His mentors have included Grammy-Award winner Vince Mendoza, Charles Ives Living Fellow Chen Yi and Guggenheim Fellow Donald Crockett.
Alan’s music often took inspiration from his life experiences while as a resident in various neighborhoods of Los Angeles, New York City, Kansas City, Miami and Vienna. Contemporary poetry, current events such as environmental protection, and subjects related to his cultural heritage also play a major role. One example is Moving to a New Capital (with demo available on this page), which talks about air pollution of modern day Beijing.
His big band works have been performed by Millennium Jazz Orchestra (Netherlands), Gateway Jazz Orchestra (Los Angeles) and by college big bands in Miami, Redlands and Los Angeles. His commissioned works have been performed by innovative performance organizations such as Hexnut (Amsterdam), Firebird (Boston), Melody of China (San Francisco), Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Taipei Percussion, among others.
Besides composing, he has also dedicated his efforts to cross-disciplinary creations. His artistic collaborators have included Cape Cod-based artist/poet Elaine Cohen and Los Angeles-based visual artist Emily Mast. He is currently working with renowned pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-fen to develop a new pipa concerto with big band on Chinese Ghost Stories.
Since 2009, he has been the Artistic Director of the Gateway Performance Series in West Los Angeles, where he founded the Gateway Jazz Orchestra in 2011 to present annual concerts to promote the art of big band music.
Alan recently received a fellowship to attend the Ucross Foundation, a retreat for artists, to work on a new composition for his smaller group performance at the Stone in New York City, this coming December 21.
He is working on music for his debut album, which will be recorded in 2013. Visit alanchanmusic.com.
Presenter / Producer: Typhoon Restaurant
Music > Jazz / Blues
Event Phone: 310-390-6565
Typhoon Restaurant at Santa Monica Airport
3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica CA 90405
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 7/30/2012
8:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
$10 cover - no minimum
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