Owuor Arunga Biography
Owuor Arunga was born in Kisumu in Kenya and moved to New York in the early 2000s, where he studied in The New School’s Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.He is a consistent member of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s band, currently touring internationally in support of the hit album ‘The Heist’.
He is an established solo musician, having apprenticed, collaborated, and performed extensively in the jazz community. Owuor is working on a solo EP that fuses his jazz talents with hip hop stylings, the first single of which is set for imminent release.
Some of the artist he’s played amongst or apprenticed with include Charlie Persip, Candido Camero, Billy Bang, The Cadillacs, Robert Glasper, Louis Reyes Rivera, Olu Dara, Jimmy Owens, and Chico Freeman. In 2005 he recorded with Ahmed Abdullah. He was given the nickname of ‘The Pied Piper’ by his elder musicians.
Arunga has also played with Seattle hip hop acts including Macklemore (The Heist), The Physics, and Black Stax.
From his origin as a member of the Garfield High School Jazz Band, Owuor has since played around the United States and toured around the world, including Canada, Europe and South Africa.
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