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Owen is a jazz guitarist, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, and a software engineer at LinkedIn. He is is pursing his Masters Degree in Jazz Instrumental Performance at New York University and is an alumni from UC Berkeley with degrees in Computer Science & Cognitive Science.

He's currently based in New York, where he is active as a jazz musician, privately teaching, developing software, and writing & producing music for Instagram.

For music booking inquiries, event booking for a jazz trio or quartet, lessons, or collaborations, send an email to owenchen@berkeley.edu .


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The Story

Music was introduced at an early age to Owen, at the age of 5, where he began his classical studies on the violin. Currently, he resides in New York City, furthering his studies on the guitar as a Masters student in Jazz Instrumental Performance at New York University, studying privately with jazz guitarist Adam Rogers and recently with Ben Eunson, while actively producing music content online and performing live.

Owen studied and played violin in local symphony orchestras in San Diego for 9 years. Throughout his musical progression, he ventured into other instruments, including the flute, percussion & drumline, jazz drumset for his high school jazz-band, and eventually sticking with the guitar. At age 13, he began recording and creating videos on YouTube, attracting over 2,000,000 views and 7,000+ subscribers during his early teenage years producing “one-man-band” style music. Owen was featured in 2009 as a guitar soloist for the San Diego Young Artists Orchestra to play “Canon Rock”, the original tune that inspired him to pick up the guitar.

He began his studies in jazz guitar in his college jazz program, performing and studying in UC Berkeley’s jazz ensembles, as well as at the California Jazz Conservatory under ensembles led by Steve Erquiaga and Frank Martin, and forming his own fusion funk group, Constant Time. Notable mentors in the past have included Jeff Massanari, Luca Mantovanelli, Dann Zinn, Steve Erquiaga, Bob Ross, Myra Melford, and Ted Moore. He also attended the SIM (School for Improvisational Music) Summer Intensive at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, with instructors including Ralph Alessi, Andy Milne, Ben Monder, Michael Attias, and Jonathan Kreisberg's 5-day jazz guitar intensive. After moving from San Francisco, he is currently residing in New York, working at LinkedIn as a Software Engineer while concurrently pursuing his Masters in Jazz Performance part-time at NYU, under guidance of some of the modern world renowned key figures in the Jazz scene today.

Apart from music, he is intrigued by the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and the philosophy of the mind. Pursuing this mix of the engineering and liberal arts, Owen has recently completed his dual Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, having done research in the field of Computational Cognition, and having industry experience in educational technology in London startup accelerators. Currently, he writes code as a software engineer for LinkedIn, contributing to products that influence 500 million users.

He is now actively producing, creating, and growing his online Instagram community of 20,000+, and hopes to eventually meld the intersection between music, technology, and education to influence the next generation of musicians in the digital age.


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Modern Jazz

Mini-Lessons

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Learning Resources

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Gigs

8
DEC

Owen Chen Jazz Trio @ UCSF Private Event

Jazz Trio. Jessie Salas on alto saxophone, Ricky Lomeli on drums, Owen Chen on guitar.
6
DEC

NYU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble @ Federick Loewe Theater

NYU's Contemporary Vocal Ensemble showcase. Pop, RnB, Hip-hop, etc.
30
NOV

Jazz Trio @ Private Event

Jazz trio. Jessie Salas on saxophone, Hatim Benmazine on upright bass. Private event.
10
NOV

Owen Chen Quartet @ The Shrine NYC

Quartet feat. Stone La Valle on drums, Kelly Oja on upright bass, Nino Wenger on Alto Saxophone.
8
NOV

Jazz trio @ The Bean NYC

Joel Utinen on Guitar, Jaehyun cho on upright bass, Owen Chen on guitar.
25
OCT

Jazz duo @ The Bean NYC

Owen Chen and Charles Colizza duo jazz guitar.
21
OCT

Jazz Duo @ Dekalb Market Hall

Duo jazz guitar with Paul JB Lee. DeKalb Market Hall
15
SEPT

Jazz Trio @ UCSF ImmunX Launch Event

Jazz trio. Bernard Kim on saxophone, Brian Thorsen on upright bass. Private event for UCSF ImmunX Launch event at the Cal Academy of Sciences
9
JUNE

Owen Chen Trio @ Sliver, Berkeley

Jazz trio. Peter Mustachic on saxophone, Gerry Spinaldi on upright bass. Sliver Pizzeria
6
FEB

Constant Time @ UCSF Medical, San Francisco

Private event for UCSF medical school.
22
DEC

Constant Time @ The Dorian SF, San Francisco

The Dorian SF Restaurant Holiday Party. Quartet.
8
DEC

Pleasure Point Jazz @ Lulu Carpenters, Santa Cruz

Jazz Quintet at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Saxophone, Vocals
4
DEC

Frank Martin Ensemble @ California Jazz Conservatory

Jean Luc Ponty tunes, featuring Owen Chen, Francis Martin, Hugh Njemanze, Jack Castillo. Led by Frank Martin.
18
NOV

Jazz Trio @ David Brower Center, Berkeley

Jazz Trio for private event. 2 guitar, 1 trumpet.
10
NOV

Pleasure Point Jazz @ Lulu Carpenters, Santa Cruz

Jazz Quintet at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Saxophone, Vocals
17
SEPT

Constant Time @ Urban Air Market, Hayes Valley

Owen Chen, Jessie Salas, Ricky Lomeli, Hatim Benmazine
20
AUG

UCJazz @ Caltopia, Berkeley

Owen Chen, Adam Aucoin, Brian Thorsen, Trey Fortmuller, David DeTomaso
7
AUG

SIM (School for Improv) NYC

School For Improvisation 2-week intensive NYC, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
27
JULY

Jazz Trio @ Cal Alumni Donor Event, Faculty Club

Owen Chen, Travis Hendrix, Genaro Salgado
21
JUNE

Miles & Wayne Shorter Ensemble @ California Jazz Conservatory

Owen Chen, Peter Mustachich, Todd Larson, Jason Stewart, Vince Sendaydiego. Led by Steve Eriquiaga.
20
MAY

SF PorchFest @ San Francisco

SF Porchest Website. Members TBD
13
MAY

Private Wedding @ Moutain Terrance, Woodside

Constant Time. Owen Chen, Jessie Salas, Hatim Benmaziem, Ricky Lomeli
9
MAY

Jazz Trio @ Israel Out Loud. David Brower Center

Israel Out Loud. Website. Owen Chen, David DeTomaso, Ben Daniels
7
MAY

Urban Air Festival @ Hayes Valley SF

Urban Air Market Festival. Owen Chen, Hatim Benmazaine, Vincent Sendiego, Jessie Salas
29
April

Jazz Trio @ Hearst Mining Building, Berkeley

UC Jazz trio.
29
MAR

Miles Davis & Wayne Shorter Ensemble @ California Jazz Conservatory

Owen Chen, Peter Mustachich, Vincent Sendieyago
4
MAR

Jazz Trio @ College of Env. Architecture Design Dinner

Jazz Trio with Owen Chen, Brian Thorsen, Andre Palacios.
2
FEB

Jazz Trio @ The Dorian

Jazz Trio with Peter Mustacich, Owen Chen, Hatim Benmazaine.
20
JAN

Jazz Trio @ The Dorian

Jazz Trio with Jessie Salas, Owen Chen, Travis Hendrix
07
Jan

Private TPG Capital Company Holiday Party

Private Company Holiday dinner TPG Capital. The Barrel Room
18
DEC

Constant Time @ The Dorian Holiday Party

Private holiday christmas party.
10
DEC

Jazz Trio @ Company Holiday Party Berkeley

Private corporate holiday christmas party.
12
DEC

Duende Restaurant - Company Holiday Party

Private company event.
7
DEC

Electric Jazz Ensemble @ The California Jazz Conservatory

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10
NOV

Jazz Trio @ The Dorian Restaurant

03
NOV

The Dorian Restaurant

Weekly jazz trio gig.
27
OCT

Jazz Trio @ The Dorian Restaurant

Weekly jazz trio gig.
6
OCT

Jazz Trio @ The Dorian Restaurant

Weekly jazz trio gig.
22
SEPT

The Dorian SF 1-year party event

One-year anniversary party for the Dorian restaurant.
08
SEPT

Jazz trio @ Kaiser Permanente Dinner

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25
JULY

Electric Jazz Ensemble @ California Jazz Conservatory

End of summer showcase.
2
MAY

Berkeley Nu Jazz @ Lothrian Co-op

Nu jazz + Cabbagehead band.
24
APRIL

Constant Time @ Cal Jazz Choir Showcase

Backing band for Cal Jazz Choir's Spring showcase.
21
APRIL

Dann Zinn's Combo @ Freight & Salvage

UC Jazz Adv combo Spring concert.
21
APRIL

Dann Zinn's Combo @ MLK Noon concert

UC Berkeley noon concert
20
APRIL

Berkeley Nu Jazz @ Hertz Hall

Hertz Hall performance in UC Berkeley
16
APRIL

Dann Zinn's combo @ Cal Day

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15
APRIL

Constant Time @ Berkeley Senior Formal

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8
APRIL

Berkeley Nu Jazz @ Berkeley Museum of Fine Arts

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1
APRIL

Constant Time @ Jazz In the Basement

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11
MAR

Constant Time @ Moose House Party

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9
MAR

Jazz Trio @ Berkeley Alumni Doner Dinner

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20
FEB

Constant Time @ Co-op Titanic Party

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1
FEB

ASUC Opening Ceremony

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28
JAN

Cal Sports and Rec Department Private Event

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16
JAN

Eichlay Holiday Party

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06
DEC

Berkeley Nu Jazz Ensemble Showcase

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03
DEC

Student Media Fair Expo

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21
NOV

Jazz Trio @ Model UN Alumni Event

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08
NOV

Jazz Trio @ Oakland Museum

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04
NOV

Dann Zinn's Combo @ Freight & Salvage

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30
OCT

Zeta Tau Alpha Date Night

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21
OCT

Cal Grant Alumni Dinner

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21
OCT

Urban Air Market Lower Haight

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12
JULY

Urban Air Market Oakland

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19
JUNE

Urban Air Market Berkeley

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16
APRIL

School of Architecture Reunion

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08
APRIL

Chi Omega Sorority Date Night

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Contact

For music event booking, private lessons, collaborations, studio sessions, or general inquires, send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Say Hello

Email: owenchen@berkeley.edu

Location

New York