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Jarrad Powell

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Jarrad Powell

Jarrad Powell’s compositions have been performed and broadcast internationally and include pieces for voice, gamelan, various western and non-western instruments, electro-acoustic music, music for theater, dance and experimental film. His work also includes numerous cross-cultural collaborations, particularly with Indonesian artists, including the innovative music-theater pieces Visible Religion and Kali.

Since the early ‘80s, Powell has directed the group Gamelan Pacifica, one of the most active and adventurous gamelan ensembles in the U.S. He is also Music Director and composer for Scott/Powell Performance, a contemporary dance company formed in 1994 with noted choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott. Their most recent piece, Geography, was a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project, co-commissioned by the Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents in partnership with On the Boards and the National Performance Network. Recent projects also include music for three short films by artist Robert Campbell: Tilt, Eidolon, and Delta of C16H22O4.

Powell’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Arts Center, Performing Arts Chicago, On the Boards, Music in Motion, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the National Performance Network and many individual performers. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Paul Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture/King County, The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle, Artist Trust Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation.

Powell holds a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Rocky Mountain College, a B.F.A. in Music from Cornish College of the Arts, and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, where he received the Paul M. Henry award for excellence in music composition. His most recent recordings, Natural Selection and Stonehouse Songs are available from Present Sounds Recordings.

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