News

Spring 2017

This year started with two fantastic concerts at Celtic Connections. The first 'Shooglenifty: A Night For Angus' was a fitting celebration of the life of fiddle playing maverick Angus Grant. Featuring around 60 musicians this was an amazing concert to be a part of and I would recommend everyone look out for the live video of the event that will be released soon. The second was the first gig of the year for Rachel Newton's new band. With several dates in the diary for later in the year this was a particularly taste of things to come!

There was no time for a Celtic Connections hangover this year though as I went straight into preparing for a community tour with The Glasgow Jazz Festival All Stars and a new recording with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with the fantastic Laura Jurd.

After this it was time for some big band touring first with the SNJO featuring Joe Locke and Kenny Washington and then The Ryan Quigley Big Band with Curtis Stigers. Both tours were great fun and I look forward to more big band fun later in the year!

Finally, in between all of that I've been spending a lot of time preparing for the rest of the year with new plans for questio.io and a few solo projects so keep an eye on twitter for more news!

Gigs

Go to Young Pilgrims

Young Pilgrims

07/04/17 – Sousaphone – Pilgrimage – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham – England

Go to Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

28/04/17 – Bass Trombone – Porgy and Bess + Sketches Of Spain – Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Go to Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

29/04/17 – Bass Trombone – Porgy and Bess + Sketches Of Spain – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Go to Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

30/04/17 – Bass Trombone – Porgy and Bess + Sketches Of Spain – Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow

Biography

Michael Owers is a Glasgow based musician and brass specialist who is completely at home playing in a variety of styles. As a result of this he has had the opportunity to play and record with the likes of: Admiral Fallow, Brandon Flowers, Capercaillie, Hue and Cry, Jarlath Henderson, Labrinth, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Rachel Newton, Scottish Opera and Texas. Current projects include playing bass trombone for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, tenor trombone with the multi-award winning jazz ensemble Brass Jaw and sousaphone for Birmingham's glorious jazz/rock marching band Young Pilgrims. Michael also leads the folk fusion band Questio Io which brings together six of the most exciting musicians from Glasgow’s increasingly interconnected folk and jazz scenes, allowing them the freedom to try out new things in a playfully unconventional line-up. Michael's career has been built on the solid foundations provided by studying classical music extensively at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where he received his Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters degrees. Michael’s studies were supported by awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the Scottish International Education Trust and a Yamaha Brass Scholarship. This year will see the release of his first solo recording which will draw inspiration from all of these experiences and more.
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