WARREN COOPER – SACRED JAZZ ARTIST
WARREN COOPER IS AN ARTIST WHO IS A MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER, WHO IS A PRODUCER AND A BROADCASTER WHO RUNS A PRODUCTION COMPANY THAT NURTURES THE MOVEMENT FOR NON-VIOLENT JUSTICE PEACE. HE IS A JUSTICE PEACE ADVOCATE & ACTIVIST WHO SERVES UNIVERSALLY AS AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AND AN INTER-FAITH MISSIONARY GROUNDED IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION..
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Warren is a native of Philadelphia, PA, USA who has been a professional musician since the age of 9. He was raised and nurtured in Berean Presbyterian Church as the son of its pastor – singing in, playing for and later directing three of the church’s five choirs. Having studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and with many of the Masters of Classical, Sacred & Jazz Composition and Performance, Warren has emerged as a trend-setting pioneer within the genres of Jazz Worship and Sacred Jazz Music; and also as an arranger, composer, director, performer and producer (with a host of CD’s, hundreds of songs and thousands of studio hours to his credit). Warren ministers nationally in both the Sacred and Secular Jazz Performance idioms. He is the featured vocalist and/or music director for a number of ensembles (including Presbybop, The Warren Cooper Sacred Jazz Ensemble, The Faith Fusion Contusion, and Anointed Praise) and has been a featured performer at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center, the Washington National Cathedral and the Chautauqua Institution as well as Jazz Festivals, Churches and Arenas around the world. As a Worship Specialist and Vocal Clinician, Warren also conducts Choral Workshops and Worship Development Seminars that explore techniques and strategies for the practical integration of Jazz, Contemporary and Transformational Forms of Worship into traditional and multicultural frames. As a composer and arranger, Warren has debuted works internationally in the sacred, secular, choral and popular music genres as well as Themed Oratorios focused on Spiritual Transformation and Peacemaking. He also serves as the Jazz Vocal Instructor for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. In his continuing career of significant service on the local, regional and national levels of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Warren serves as a consultant to the church nationally as well as for a variety of Parrish and Para-Church Ministry Initiatives. Warren also serves as Curator of Jazz Worship Ministry for Old Pine Presbyterian Church, Executive Producer for Stony Point Center’s Spirit Justice Culture Collective and is the founder of the Balm in Gilead Jazz Worship Series, born at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, where he has served as a Ruling Elder, Music Minister, Choir Master and Young Adult Ministry Leader. He is also the founding host and producer of the Gospel Music Radio Program OVATIONS, currently in its 21st year of broadcast. The show airs Sunday mornings from 6:00a – 9:00a EST on Temple Public Radio Network in Philadelphia, which broadcasts throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, northern Delaware and internationally on I-Tunes Radio and @ www.wrti.org. Having also dedicated more than 30 years to the research of media science and the use of Sound as a mental, physical and spiritual healing agent, Warren has recently released the first in a series of Therapeutic Worship Music CDs entitled Healing Through Worship In Praise. Warren is the Executive Producer for Music Media Ministry – a Philadelphia, PA based Media Broadcast Production Company that is pioneering new pathways into, Church Health, Ministry Growth and Peacemaking Production. As a board member of Peace Day Philly and the founder of The Philadelphia Peace Initiative, Warren has fully committed himself to the alchemy of forging a Justice Focused Peace – personally, locally and globally. In this Ministry and beyond, Warren continues to blaze new trails in the Evolution of Traditional Christian and Interfaith Worship Liturgy, and into the Innovative Resourcing of 21st Century Visions for Interfaith Ministry Partnerships that actively engage in Peacemaking Witness.
“In these dawning days of this brand new age we must faithfully explore every available option within the disciplines of interfaith worship, prayer and peacemaking – creating opportunities to consider and receive the Message of an Intentionally Interfaith Posture of Justice Focused Peace. In doing so we must consciously connect the Righteous Principles of that Message with the relevant realities of Social Justice, Civic Accountability and Spiritual Transformation. It is only then that our Faith becomes tangible and our Works become relevant. As a Creative and Performance Artist I aspire to fully represent, experience, and embody the confluence of Passionate Worship Focused Art, Inclusive Activist Faith, and Peacemaking Witness into a tapestry of healing for the human spirit.”