Composer/Saxophonist Owen Broder Selected as Inaugural Eastman/ArtistShare® New Artist

May 1, 2017

More Information:
For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057,


For the Eastman School of Music: Jim Doser, 585-274-1470,

For ArtistShare®: Prawit Siriwat,

UPDATED May 1, 2017

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare® have announced that Eastman alumnus, saxophonist/composer Owen Broder, has been selected as the first Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist. Broder’s Heritage: American Roots Project is the first of three projects to be announced through the exclusive partnership of Eastman and ArtistShare, designed to recognize and support the career and artistic development of exceptional Eastman students and alumni.

Broder’s American Roots Project integrates two American traditions – American roots music and jazz – in a full-length album titled Heritage. The repertoire will feature original and re-imagined works by five of the leading arrangers/composers in contemporary improvised music, including Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Ryan Truesdell, Miho Mazama, and Broder. Each of the eight new compositions will be inspired by the rich heritage of traditional folk music that is distinctly American, crossing numerous forms (bluegrass, gospel, blues, and others).

ArtistShare, founded in 2001 as the internet’s first crowdfunding platform, connects artists with fans in order to share the excitement and beauty of the creative process. The ArtistShare roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists including Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, Doris Duke Foundation Recipients, Grammy winners, NEA Jazz Masters, and Eastman alumna, composer, and orchestra leader Maria Schneider.

Broder, based in New York City, runs in a variety of musical circles, leading his own groups and participating in others. Broder’s jazz quintet, Cowboys and Frenchmen, has received critical acclaim for its 2015 release, Rodeo, and was selected to perform as finalists in the 2016 DC JazzPrix Competition. He has performed with internationally respected jazz artists such as Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project and opened for Grammy Award winner John Legend with his own soul band, Bitchin’ Kitchen. Broder holds degrees from both Eastman and the Manhattan School of Music.

Two additional Eastman/ArtistShare artist projects will be launched over the coming weeks, including Music in the American Wild (Daniel Ketter and Emlyn Johnson) and hybrid: electro-acoustic experience (Cameron Leach).

For more information contact Jim Doser, Director, Institute for Music Leadership, Eastman School of Music at; (585) 274-1470.

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