Dr. Jared Burrows is the Academic
Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department and teaches improvisation,
conducting, arranging, and directs small and large ensembles. He is a dynamic
force on the Vancouver scene as a performer, composer and community organizer.
He works in a huge variety of ensembles in jazz, new music, and world music
settings and leads the Jared Burrows Quartet and Sextet and the Vancouver
Improvisers Orchestra. Jared performs as a sideman with Dave Robbins Electric
Band, the Offering of Curtis Andrews, Sancharam Trio, Delta Quartet, Michael
Vlatkovich Quintet, Colin MacDonald's Pocket Orchestra, Koan, Len Aruliah
Sextet, and the Brad Muirhead 4tet, to name only a few.
coming to Capilano, Jared taught at Douglas College, Simon Fraser University,
University of Oregon, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Since 2008 he has curated
the weekly Jazz at Presentation House concert series in North Vancouver. Past
community music leadership roles include the South Delta Jazz Festival and Jazz
Workshop (founder and co-director 2003-2013), Freedom Festival of Improvised
Music (founder and artistic director 2000-2005), the Hundredth Monkey new music
ensemble (co-founder and co-director 1998-2000), and East Van Jazz Orchestra
(co-founder and co-director 2007-2010).
In addition to
performing and composing, his research interests include cognitive theories
applied to improvisation and Confucian, Taoist and Sufi philosophies applied to
problems in music education. His work has been presented in academic
conferences and in guest lectures across Canada, the US and the UK and has been
published in College Music Symposium, Jazz Educators Journal, BC Music Educators
Journal, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and in the Oxford Handbook of
Critical Improvisation Studies.
Jared holds a PhD in Arts
Education from Simon Fraser University. His doctoral research explored an
alternative paradigm for music education based on improvisation and his thesis
supervisor was the pianist and philosopher, Yaroslav Senyshyn. He has a MMus in
Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon where he was mentored by the great
educator and musician, Steve Owen and studied composition under Robert Kyr and
David Crumb. His early teachers included Rudolph Komorous, Martin Gotfrit,
David MacIntyre (composition) and Ihor Kukurudza (guitar).