"Owen Adams," I do not have a stage name, I am simply myself and hopefully that's good enough. My parents got me piano lessons when I was 4 years old. Eventually I got pretty good after I discovered Keith Emerson at 14. I learned "Tarkus" by downloading the MIDI file into Cakewalk and printing it out, and I was determined to master it.
I kept practicing during middle school and high school, and apparently I was good enough to win 1st Place in many of the local and statewide classical piano competitions. Besides that, I had loads of community service hours stacked up from working as a summer camp counselor, so I ended up with a pretty radical resume. I even won a national Washington Post Music & Arts scholarship for a video I made performing a super intense Ginastera sonata! At 18, I auditioned live at a few universities and received full, 4-year tuition scholarships from Howard, Towson, and University of Maryland. As a UMD alumni, my degree is in Music Composition. I chose composition over performance because I have always felt my most valuable skill is my ability to create NEW music and weave past and present influences into fresh works of sound. Anybody can play an instrument well, but where's your song?
During my 4 years of study at University of Maryland
College Park to obtain my BM in Music Composition,
I composed music for various University groups,
including a jazz wind ensemble piece which I
performed on drum kit live with the wind ensemble,
conducted by Dr. Sparks. I also performed with the
Wind Ensemble playing piano and percussion for 3
semesters. During my junior year, I also composed
an electronic string quartet piece for the Kronos
Quartet featuring an original accompaniment track,
which was premiered at the Gildenhorn concert hall
Since my college experience, I feel strongly about actively supporting arts and music in my community, especially for homeschooled and public school students who may miss the privilege of arts instruction at a young age. I teach piano lessons at my
Studio in Bowie every day, and continue my music
ministry at Adams United Methodist Church and
Largo Community Church playing piano with the choir.
I've released my 10th studio album, "manifestO" as
a tribute to the great keyboard players who inspired
me at a young age. It is an hour-long roadmap of
my favorite genres, instruments, and concepts.
Through my education, community involvement,
piano performance and video production abilities,
I hope to generate lots of beautiful music and
help the young kids of today deal with their unique
struggles by embracing music and finding their own
voice in a confusing modern world.
Owen Adams with Kronos Quartet in 2011
UMD Wind Ensemble Percussion Section 2012
Owen Adams with Ambience on CTV (with interview)