Rulon Brown is a composer, improviser and producer who makes music for stage, film, video games and other creative space.
His touring group features the celebrated interdisciplinary artist Paul Rucker (cello, electric bass), experimental improviser and composer Bill Horist (electric guitar), and rhythm wiz Jeff Busch (world percussion, drums).
His recent work includes an art puzzle filled with music and film, a CD of world-rhythm improv to 19th Century Christian hymns, a documentary film about the cultural traditions of LDS musical worship, and a U.S. State Department sponsored artist residency in Granada, Nicaragua.
Rulon’s latest CD, Rejoice, blends Christian melody with world rhythm and improv. The music inspired Ross Hauck (founder of the Sacred Music Foundation) to declare: “[Rulon] defies description or category. I’m going to call him an ambassador of Christativity… Christianity and creativity together.” Rulon began the project after an inspiring unrehearsed recording session with Jeff Busch (drums / percussion), Dawn Clement (piano) and Paul Rucker (bass / cello).
Rulon toured the United States teaching and performing with a Celtic-jazz trio, worked closely with Brazilian master pianist and mentor Jovino Santos Neto (who produced and played on Rulon’s first album), was guest soloist with the renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir, and he has played a variety of Latin music from Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and more. His commercial audio credits include work for TV, radio, web, gaming and phone systems.
Rulon is passionate about using culture to build community. His past work includes creating visual and performing art programs for the City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Redmond Arts Program, volunteering for the Gage Academy of Fine Art Drawing Jam, a Washington Composers Forum Composer Spotlight, and co-creating Tales & Treasures – an interfaith celebration of Christmas featuring life-sized pop-up-book theatre performances and concerts by many of the Northwest’s best choirs and instrumentalists.
Rulon Brown grew up in the boondocks of Anchorage, Alaska playing saxophone in coffee shops and pit orchestra for caffeinated audiences with cabin fever. As a teenager, he spent summers in Pittsburgh studying with legendary soul saxophonist Eric Kloss. Rulon finally traded Alaskan snow for Seattle rain to attend Cornish College of the Arts as a full-ride Kreielsheimer scholar. While at Cornish, he studied jazz sax, composition and classical flute. He also admits to “spending countless distracted hours learning to play piano like a lounge hack.”
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