Dr. Jared Burrows is a guitarist, composer, educator and producer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He leads the Jared Burrows Trio, Quartet and Sextet, The Vancouver Improviser's Orchestra, and is involved with many other ensembles in the Vancouver area including: Dave Robbins' Electric Band, Delta Quartet, Brad Muirhead Quartet, Colin MacDonald's Pocket Orchestra, Djangophilia, Len Aruliah Sextet, Koan, Tim Barrett Trio, Sukha Trio, and the Curtis Andrews Offering.
With these and many other bands he has performed extensively on the concert stage, festivals, radio and television throughout Canada and the USA. He has also worked as a studio player, mastering engineer and producer on local projects and operates the independent record label, Third Rail Music.
Dr. Burrows is one of the foremost music educators in the Vancouver area. Jared serves as Academic Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano University where he teaches improvisation, arranging, conducting, and directs small and large ensembles. He has also taught world music at Douglas College and 20th Century Music History at SFU. Jared is co-director and co-founder of the very successful South Delta Jazz Workshop and co-curator of the weekly Jazz at Presentation House Studio series.
Burrows holds a Ph.D. in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is actively engaged in writing and research work in the areas of social models of cognition related to free improvisation, community music, the teaching of improvisation, and Sufi and Taoist philosophy applied to performance practice. He received his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon where he also taught jazz theory, improvisation, repertoire, and large and small ensembles in the Jazz Studies Department. While at the University of Oregon, Jared was fortunate to study and work with the great Steve Owen, a wondeful musician, mentor and teacher. He has studied improvisation with Gary Versace and composition with Rudolph Komorous, David MacIntyre, Martin Gotfrit, David Crumb, and Robert Kyr.
In what little remains of his spare time he enjoys flyfishing and building very fine guitars and basses.
photo: Gord Montgomery