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Short Bio (141 words)

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 contemporary poetry. His genre-shaking works can be heard in an array of venues serving Classical (Taiwan National Concert Hall), experimental (the Stone, NYC) and jazz (Typhoon Restaurant at Santa Monica Airport), as well as conferences/festivals such as International Jazz Festival Enschede and PASIC. The composer/bandleader of the 17-piece Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, 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 Records.

Medium Bio (366 words)

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 contemporary poetry. 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 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 in 2012, which comprised with some of the top big band musicians in Los Angeles.

Highlights of his commission works include Rock-Paper-Scissors (LA Arts), Acala and Bitter Melon for Chinese instruments (Melody of China), Listen, Hold Your Breath (Gateway Christian Church), Victoria Dispensary (the Walden School) and B for Brazil and Sweet Bach (Lien Percussion Ensemble, Taiwan). His music was featured in 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 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.His works are currently published by HoneyRock, Meridian, Keyboard Percussion Publications, and Navona Records.

 

Long version (596 words)

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 contemporary poetry. His genre-shaking works have been recognized with honors and funding from ArtEZ (Netherlands), American Composers Forum (ACF), ASCAP, New Music USA, Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) and Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LA Arts), among others.He is a two-time winner of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest – a first place with Without a Trail to Lace for voice and vibraphone in 2008 and a second place with Floes for vibraphone solo in 2004.

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. His Tzu Zu Ku was chosen among 5 finalists from North American and Europe as the winner of the 2011 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest in Enschede, the Netherlands. He joined the prestigious BMI Jazz Compositions Workshop under legendary composer Jim McNeely to work with the BMI/NY jazz big band to create new compositions since 2008. Shrimp Tale was chosen to receive a public performance by the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge band at the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, Florida. He founded the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra in 2012, which comprised with some of the top big band musicians in Los Angeles.

His works have been performed in music festivals such as Percussive Arts Society International Conference (2009 and 2010), National Association of Teachers of Singing (2010), International Jazz Composers’ Symposium (2008), Musica Danubiana (Slovenia) (2003), June in Buffalo (2002), Imagine Festival (2002), and various academic conferences; and by prestigious groups such as Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Firebird (Boston), Hexnut (Amsterdam), Fort Worth Symphony, Eastman Percussion Ensemble and Melody of China (MOC), among others. His first percussion ensemble piece, metal…stone…being…cracked (2001/02) has received performances more than ten times in the United States and in Europe. His works are currently published byHoneyRock, Meridian, Keyboard Percussion Publications, and Navona Records.

He has received commissions from organizations of different musical genres, which include Rock-Paper-Scissors  (LA Arts), musical Blue Butterfly (Ho Wen-Hsiung and Lin-lin Chang Bel Canto Theatre, Taiwan), Acala and Bitter Melon for Chinese instruments (MOC, San Francisco), Qin for soprano and percussion (the Snell Duo, Kansas City), Duo for violin and cello (Arts and Culture Development Fund, Hong Kong), Q (Composers Forum of the East, VT), Listen, Hold Your Breath (Gateway Christian Church) and B for Brazil and Sweet Bach (Lien Percussion Ensemble, Taiwan).

In recent years Chan contributes to the music industry by serving as a reviewer, judge and curator. He is a judge at the 38th Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest (2010) and SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. He is a Co-Founder / Artistic Director of the Gateway Performance Series in Los Angeles.

In 1999, he entered a one-year Vienna exchange program to study at the Universität für Musik und Darstellen Kunst Wien with Michael Jarrell. His mentors also include Marc-Andre Dalbavie (IRCAM summer course 2001), Toshio Hosokawa (Darmstadt summer course 2002), John Van der Slice (University of Miami), James Mobberley, Chen Yi (University of Missouri – Kansas City, UMKC), Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, Shelly Berg and Vince Mendoza (University of Southern California). He had held teaching positions at the UMKC, USC, University of Redlands and the Walden School.

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