Jeffrey Bowen is a composer whose work explores the potential of musical structure to channel and transfigure lived experience. His compositions have been performed by Pascal Gallois, Maja Cerar, Beta Collide, Ensemble DissonArt, and the Luminosity Orchestra, among other ensembles in the USA and Europe. He was awarded First Prize in the 30th International Composition Competition “Città di Barletta,” and has recently presented work at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, the University of Nebraska’s New Music Festival, the University of Washington’s Harry Partch Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the International Computer Music Conference. In 2019 he received support from the Jack Straw Artist Support Program to record his piece for the Harry Partch Instruments, Where All That’s Solid Melts Into Air, and his work What Will Sound (was already sound), for violin and electronics, will be released by Parma Records in 2020.
Bowen was born in 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied classical guitar in St. Louis with William Ash from 1996-2006. He earned a B.A. with Distinction from Stanford University, where he studied classical guitar with Charles Ferguson and composition with Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Mark Applebaum. He completed a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Washington under Joël-François Durand, and is currently based in Seattle, where he has taught courses in music history and theory at UW and Cornish College of the Arts, currently teaches music theory and guitar at Seattle University, and is co-director of the Inverted Space Ensemble. He is active in Seattle as a performer on classical and electric guitars, playing new works and 20th-century repertoire with Inverted Space, the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Universal Language Project, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and recently as a soloist with Tacoma’s Luminosity Orchestra.