Rulon Brown is a musician and visual artist who creates for film, stage, gallery, and adaptive media. Some of Rulon’s recent work includes a rock-improv band CD; a solo album made via laptop while traveling North and Central America; art, music, and jewelry inspired by the American Dream; an art puzzle with each piece embedded with hidden music and film; a documentary film about the cultural limits of Mormon musical worship; a CD of world-rhythm improv to 19th Century Christian hymns; headlining the 2013 Nicaragua International Jazz Festival; and a U.S. State Department sponsored artist residency at a cultural institute in Granada, Nicaragua.
Rulon’s band 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).
Rulon Brown’s commercial audio credits include work for interactive media, TV, radio, web, and phone systems. Rulon created the Seattle OnHold music program – an innovative showcase of local music that attracted front-page praise from the Los Angeles Times and inspired great cities across the U.S. to emulate the program.
Inspired by diverse musical traditions, Rulon has 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, played horns for the Latin combo Coco Loco, and he has performed a variety of Latin music from Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and more.
Rulon is passionate about community building. His past work includes creating visual and performing art programs for the City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and City of Redmond Arts Program, volunteering for the Washington Composers Forum and the Gage Academy of Fine Art, and co-creating Tales & Treasures – an interfaith celebration of Christmas featuring life-sized pop-up-book theatre 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.”