Jared Burrows

Instructor - Jazz Studies

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.

Before 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).

Photo by Steve Bagnell