Michael Owcharuk is a composer, pianist, accordionist, and educator living and working in Seattle, WA. His great love of the wide world of music compels him to work in many genres, including but not limited to: jazz, new music, modern chamber and orchestral music, classical, Slavic folk, rock, pop and music for dance, theater and film.
Michael co-directs the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, leads the Michael Owcharuk Quartet, and is a member of Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band. In addition he works as a sideman/pianist/accompanist collaborating with a diverse range of artists.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts and has received support for his music from 4Culture, The Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Jack Straw Productions.
Michael and his music have been featured on/by: NPR, KEXP, KBCS, Seattle International Film Festival, Bumbershoot, Earshot Jazz, 14/48 The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Bushwick Bookclub Seattle, Karin Stevens Dance, and by many other venues and organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
“Michael Owcharuk is a very talented and entertaining pianist who has collaborated with almost all of the leading figures in our productive and accomplished jazz scene. His play has an experimental edge coupled with a strong sense of swing…you can expect to hear jazz mastery.”
– 2014 – Charles Mudede, The Stranger.
Theatre credits include:
The 14/48 Projects (musician, producer). Book-It Repertory Theatre: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Music Director, Composer, and Musician). James Lappan’s: 25000 Posts (Composer and Sound Designer). Seattle Theater Group: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Keyboardist). Balagan Theatre: August: Osage County (Composer and Sound Designer). Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theater: King Lear (Musician).