Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Sowash (lawyer and amateur musician b. 1954). After earning his degree in music composition at Ohio State University, Sowash moved to New York City and studied with pianist Joanne Brackeen. His work in New York included collaborations with many modern dance luminaries including among others Mark Morris, Meredith Monk and his wife Susan Hadley, with whom he collaborated for 10 years. Later, while living abroad, Sowash refined his mainstream jazz piano technique before appreciative audiences in several countries while exploring the roots of concert performance, Alpine skiing and his French heritage. Upon reaching what he affectionately calls the "dogs and babies phase of life," Sowash returned to his native Ohio to raise a family.
Sowash regularly appears as an educator, guest speaker and arts consultant offering professional development workshops for fellow artists and teachers. As a panelist for grant applications, he serves art organizations such as the Jazz Masters Awards and several state arts councils. In 1999, he was the featured artist at the Arts Midwest 15-state regional conference in Cleveland, Ohio. He is listed in John Schaefer's book, New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music and in Katherine Teck's Movement to Music. He is a member of professional organizations such as the International Association of Jazz Educators, Ohio Music Teacher's Association, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Ohio Arts Presenters Network, 5 Minds, Inc. (founding member and trustee), American Federation of Musicians, and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI).
Q-FM 96 Hometown Halbum (1982); Out West (1993); Rudolfo Vasquez: De Noce (1995); Music Presentation Kit (1996); Bittersweet (1996); In Th emOment (1998); We Gather Together (2001); When Saints Go Marching (2003); For The Beauty Of The Earth (2003)
Jazz Sunday host on WCBE-FM 90.5, Columbus, OH, 1996
Score for "Weights II" workout video, Composer, 1994
Score for mental health non-profit promotional video, Composer, 2000
We Gather Together - Two volumes of Sheet music published by Augsburg Fortress Press, 2002
Five Stones - Wherever Two or More are Gathered, Alternative Worship Strategies, author, 2001.
Ohio Arts Presenters Network News - Self-Marketing for Artists, author, Winter 2000-01
New Age Retailer - Working With MicroLabels, author, July/August, 1998
Ohio Arts Presenter Network Newsletter - Making Programming Decisions - An Artist's Perspective, Author, Winter 1997, 98
Wind and Wire - Artistic Integrity, Author, Winter 1997-98
Keyboard Magazine - foreign correspondent, 1988-89.
Movement to Music (book) by Katherine Teck. - listing.
New Sounds-A Listener's Guide to New Music (book) by John Schaefer - listing.
2001, Artist's Projects, Ohio Arts Council
1998, Artist's Projects, Ohio Arts Council
1996, Artist's Projects, Ohio Arts Council
1995, Professional Development Assistance, Ohio Arts Council.
1992, Greater Columbus Arts Council, project support.
1992, Hazelbaker Foundation, technical assistance.
1991, Jerome Foundation, support for New York City tour.
1991, Ohio Arts Council, technical assistance.
1991, Accepted in the Ohio Arts Council Tour Roster.
1990, Accepted into Artist-in-Schools, Greater Columbus Arts Council.
1990, Founding member of 5 Minds, Inc., non-profit arts management organization.
1987, New York Foundation on the Arts, collaborative grant.
1987, Meet-The-Composer, participation grant.
1986, New York State Council on the Arts, Media Collaboration grant.
1986, Meet-The-Composer, two participation grants.