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“Distinction is evident from the first downbeat.”
–– Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat Magazine (February 2014)

Alan Chan’s music often takes inspiration from his life experiences as a resident in America, East Asia and Europe. His genre-shaking works can be heard in an array of venues serving Classical (Taiwan National Concert Hall), experimental (the Stone, NYC) and jazz (Vitello's, Los Angeles), as well as conferences/festivals such as International Jazz Festival Enschede and PASIC. Alan has received awards and fellowships from ASCAP, ArtEZ (Netherlands), New Music USA, RTHK4 (Hong Kong), the Ucross Foundation and Percussive Arts Society (PAS), among others. His works are currently published by HoneyRock, Meridian, Keyboard Percussion Publications and Navona. His 17-piece Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra (ACJO) releases the "Shrimp Tale" debut album in summer 2014 by his own labelCrown Heights Audio Network. Their "Rancho Calaveras" EP is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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“Distinction is evident from the first downbeat.”
–– Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat Magazine (February 2014)

Alan Chan’s music often takes inspiration from his life experiences as a resident in America, East Asia and Europe. He fearlessly uses his music to raise awareness of current issues such as environmental protection, and it often intertwines with other creative art forms such as poetry and visual arts. His genre-shaking music has been regconized with awards and fellowships from ASCAP, ArtEZ (Netherlands), American Composers Forum (ACF), New Music USA, Percussive Arts Society, the Ucross Foundation, the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) and Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LA Arts), among others.

Coming from a classical background, he began composing for jazz big band under the mentorship of Gary Lindsay in Miami, then Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and Shelly Berg in Los Angeles. Alan won the 2011 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest in Enschede, the Netherlands. Since 2008, he is a member of the prestigious BMI Jazz Compositions Workshop under legendary Jim McNeely since. His charts have been performed by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge band, Millennium Jazz Orchestra (Netherlands) and by college and high school big bands in Miami, Redlands, Medfield, MA and Los Angeles. He founded the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra (ACJO) in 2012, which comprised with top studio/jazz musicians in Los Angeles.

“Alan is bringing a set of sounds that haven’t been heard before in an L.A. big band.”
–– Rick Baptist

Highlights of his commission works include Lotus Land (Laguna Beach Live!/Laguna Dance Festival/Laguna Arts Museum), Rock-Paper-Scissors (LA Arts), Acala and Bitter Melon for Chinese instruments (Melody of China), Victoria Dispensary (the Walden School), B for Brazil and Sweet Bach (Lien Percussion Ensemble, Taiwan). His music was featured in International Jazz Festival Enschede, Percussive Arts Society International Conference, National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, Musica Danubiana (Slovenia), June in Buffalo, Imagine Festival, and various academic conferences; and by performing organizations such as the La Jolla Symphony, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Firebird (Boston), Hexnut (Amsterdam), Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Taipei Percussion and Melody of China (San Francisco).

He has served as a judge at the 2010 PAS Composition Contest and 2011 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. He held teaching positions at University of Southern California and University of Redlands. He is also a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Gateway Performance Series in West Los Angeles.

Alan's works are currently published by HoneyRock, Meridian, Keyboard Percussion Publications and Navona. ACJO released their EP "Rancho Calaveras" in October 2013 and will release the "Shrimp Tale" debut album in summer 2014 by his own label
Crown Heights Audio Network
.

Visit alanchanmusic.com / alanchanjazzorchestra.com

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