Jen-Kuang Chang


“OM,” an universal sacred syllable in various Eastern religions, is an audiovisual work to reflect the process of manifestation of thoughts and visions connected and evolved from this sacred entity. Both sampled and computer-generated sounds are incorporated in order to achieve the intended variety of sonic landscapes to match the vivid, but delicate visualization.

Jen-Kuang Chang, a native of Taiwan, received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with distinguished jazz educators George Garzone and Fred Lipsius, and his M.M. from Emporia State University. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in music composition under the guidance of Randall Snyder at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Chang is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harold Durst Graduate Research Award, the Ida M. Vreeland Award in Music, the Diverse Practice Composition Competition Award, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency Award. His thesis, “Charlie Parker: the Analytical Study of Twenty-two Performance Versions of Now’s the Time,” was named the winner of the Laurence C. Boylan Thesis Award. In the 5th edition of the Yorgos Foudoulis Composition Competition in Volos, Greece, Mr. Chang’s “Bodhisattva” was named the First Prize winner in the orchestral ensemble category and his “Karma” was named the Second Prize winner in the music technology category. His “Drishti II” was named the winner in the international audiovisual category for the CLIC Foundation Digital Art International Contest. His “Chakra” was named the Second Prize winner of the JIMS International Composition Contest for Improvised Chamber Music “Stadtpfeifer” in Salzburg. His music has been featured in the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the DMI Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival, the Vox Novus 60×60 Midwest Minutes Mix, the “War & Peace” Electroacoustic and Fixed Media Concert at La Salle University, the International Festival of Digital Art FIAD in El Salvador, the Summer Studies for Jazz & Improvised Music Salzburg 2007, and the International Acousmatic and Multimedia Festival “Sonoim√°genes” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2008, Mr. Chang will present his works in the 17th Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, SCI Region VI Conference, the GVSU Free Play 10: Listening Chamber, the 11th Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, the Orquestra del Caos: Zeppelin Sound Art Festival in Barcelona, the Signal and Noise Festival in Vancouver, and the 5th edition of ASTAS ROMAS 404 Festival in Trieste, Italy. Additionally, Mr. Chang co-authored an article with Dr. James Starr and Prof. Elaine Edwards in “An Introduction, Analysis, and Performance Evaluation of Selected Piano Trio Literature of the Twentieth Century,” published by the Edwin Mellon Press in 2003. He also serves as a music engraver for Dr. Steve Larson’s upcoming publication “Analysis of Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach,” which will be published by the Pendragon Press.