Jack Straw Productions announces awards for 2006 residencies

Jack Straw Productions is pleased to announce this year’s artists selected for our three artist residency programs – Jack Straw Artist Support Program, Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program, and the Jack Straw Writers Program.  We received nearly 200 applications, and 35 artists were selected. Our Artist Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists opportunities to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs.  Artists are selected by an interdisciplinary peer panel (Artist Support and New Media Gallery programs) or Curator (Writers Program).  Selected artists are listed below. 

2006 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Up to eight artists/teams are awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; an additional eight to ten artists/teams receive matching awards. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Completed projects are presented to the public at our Meet the Artist events and Composer Spotlight series.  Artists/Teams selected for the 2006 Artist Support Program are:

Tom Baker, composer, performer, and producer, will record Gospel of the Red-Hot Stars, an “operatorio” based on texts by Margaret Atwood.  Baker is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers’ Salon, co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO), and an advisory board member of the Washington Composers’ Forum. His works have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada and in Europe. He received his doctorate in Composition from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches Composition and Music Theory. He is a guitarist, who performs on both fretted and unfretted instruments. His music has been recorded by several labels, including Rosewood Recordings and Present Sounds Recordings, which released his first solo CD Sounding the Curve in 2002, and his most recent CD, What Remains, in 2005. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, where he spent three weeks working with composers and saxophonist Henry Threadgill.

Winston Choi, pianist, and his Duo Diorama will record a CD of contemporary compositions for piano and violin.  Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi formed Duo Diorama with violinist Minghuan Xu.  He has collaborated with artists including Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, George Flynn, William Karlins, Sven-David Sandstrom, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff and John Zorn.

Lori Goldston, cellist, will record a CD-length composition for 12-piece ensemble combining scored sections and structured improvisation.  Based in Seattle, Goldston is currently working as a performer, dance class accompanist, teacher and studio musician. Discography and performances include work with David Byrne, Nirvana (Unplugged), the Presidents of the United States of America, Bush, Larry Barrett, the Old Joe Clarks, Jeff Greinke, Lori Carson, Laura Love, Gluebound, Citizens' Utilities, Nancy Wilson, Flipp, Ed Pias, Elizabeth Falconer, John Doe, and Corporal Blossom. Goldston is accomplished in a wide variety of styles, including classical, world music, rock and free improvisation.

Erik Neumann, bassist, and Grand Hallway will record a CD of original, genre-bending pop songs.  Grand Hallway is a modern art-pop quartet from Seattle. Their music is a formation of a new language of popular music, encompassing elements of Tin Pan Alley, jazz, art pop, country, classical, soul, indie rock, and Broadway musicals. Grand Hallway band members are vocalist/songwriter Tomo Nakayama, producer/guitarist Jeramy Koepping, bassist Erik Neumann, and drummer Bob Roberts.

Sean Osborn, clarinetist and composer, will record a CD of the premier recording of the 32 Etudes for Solo Clarinet by composer Cyrille Rose. Sean Osborn has traveled the US and Europe as soloist and chamber musician, and traveled the world during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra.  The New York Times dubbed him “...an excellent clarinetist,” the Boston Globe called him “...a miracle,” and Gramophone “...a master.”  Sean is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School, among others.

Jim Page, singer-songwriter, will record a CD of topical songs based in improvisation with a large group of musicians. Page has shared the stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Dan Bern, Michelle Shocked, Leftover Salmon, Mickey Hart, J.J. Cale, Robert Hunter, Chuck Brodsky, and John Hammond. His songs have been performed by Christy Moore, Michael Hedges, John Trudell, The Doobie Brothers, Joanne Rand, Casey Neill, and David Soul. Often cited for his biting political pieces he is in constant demand by the social movements of the day.

Matthew Weiner, bassist, & Del Rey, guitarist/ukulele, will record a CD of original compositions for contrabass and ukulele. Matt Weiner lives in Seattle where he plays bass with Casey MacGill and the Blue 4 Trio, Miles and Karina, Holotradband, and others.  In the past, he has played and recorded with many fine musicians and bands including Danny Barnes, The Yes Yes Boys, and Rani Arbo. Del Rey, a guitarist since age four, became fascinated with the ukulele about six years ago, after being surrounded by ukesters chanting "Four strings good! Six strings bad!" at the Ukulele Freedom Front. She and Matt Weiner played in the old-time jazz group the Yes Yes Boys and she plays uke in a duet with Austin's Steve James.

Ziying Wu, quqin and pipa master, will record a CD of traditional Chinese music for the guqin.  Wu, former professor of traditional Chinese music at Shanghai Normal University and director of the Shanghai Qin Society, is one of the few masters of the Chinese seven-string zither (qin). The qin figures prominently in the literature, history, and culture of traditional Chinese society, and its music represents one of the longest unbroken musical traditions in the world. It remains an instrument rarely heard in public performance, even today. Mr. Wu performs on a qin known as "The Perfectly Harmonized Jade and Pearl Qin," crafted sometime during the 12th or 13th century, which is renowned for its sweet, yet sonorous tone. Ziying Wu now resides in Seattle, where he continues to teach, perform, and repair instruments.

Jason E. Anderson, improviser/sound artist, will record music and sound effects to press onto vinyl dub plates for use in his live turntable improvisations.  Anderson’s work includes live performances, recorded sound works, sound installations, graphic art, collage and video works. Through the use of electronically generated, processed and natural sound, his work fits into the more abstract realm of electronic music. In 2005, he founded the label make jet silent, which presents the Quiet sound series and co-presenting the 12 hour play series in Seattle.

Monique Buzzarté, tromobonist and composer, will record a CD of her compositions for trombone, conch shell, didjeridu, and live electronic processing.  Monique Buzzarté is an avid proponent of contemporary music, commissioning and premiering many new works. Her recordings include Zanana's Holding Patterns (Deep Listening 30), John Cage's Five3 with the Arditti Quartet (Mode 75: John CAGE: Vol. 19 - The Number Pieces 2), and Dreaming Wide Awake with the New Circle Five (Deep Listening 20). Since 1983 her New Music from Women: Trombone project has supported the expansion of the trombone repertoire. Her advocacy work for women in music included coordinating efforts which led to the admission of women members into the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997. Buzzarté is certified to teach the meditative improvisation practices of Deep Listening.

Julie Cascioppo, vocalist, will record a CD of original cabaret songs composed in collaboration with various Seattle jazz artists.  She has performed in Istanbul, Rio de Janiero, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Hamburg, Sicily, Brussels, New York, Los Angeles (at the Palomino Club and Café Largo), San Francisco, Ketchikan, and the Canary Islands.

Ambrose Freeman-Toole, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, will record a CD of original rock songs. Freeman-Toole (aka Purl) is a 17-year-old independent musician from Pullman, Washington. His music can be simply described as "eclectic." Complex, innovative, and dark the music of "Purl" is a blend of alternative rock, ambient sounds and industrial textures.

Karin Kajita, pianist and composer, will record a CD of her original jazz compositions with her quintet.  Kajita is an accomplished jazz and classical pianist. She studied the piano formally for sixteen years. Her teachers through high school included Corrine Berg, Willard Schultz and Professor Neal O'Doan of the University of Washington (UW). She holds degrees in music and piano performance. Karin studied jazz privately with Jerome Gray, and jazz arranging with Professor William O. Smith at the UW.

Michael Katell, composer, will document his opera The Onion Twins, with libretto by author Rebecca Brown.  Katell was born and raised in New Jersey and received a BA in Music from Bard College in 1989. He has lived in Seattle since then, pursuing rock n’ roll super-stardom. He teaches multimedia design and programming at Bellevue Community College and creates modern music for dance, theatre, film and other performance media.

Shulamit Kleinerman, violinist, will record a CD of 17th century English country dances for solo violin.  Kleinerman studied historical technique in London and the US. She specializes in the "off-the-shoulder" violin style of the Renaissance, performing inventive improvisations and engaging dance tunes of the 16th and early 17th centuries on a violin and bow in the style of the Renaissance.

Margie Pos, bassist and composer, will record original jazz compositions influenced by her study of musics from Cuba, India, and Argentina.  Margie Pos received a BM in Composition from Berklee College of Music and an MM in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. As a jazz bassist she has performed and given clinics in Italy, Costa Rica, Canada, and the U.S. She performs frequently with such musicians as Bob Moses, Larry Baione, Alan Dawson, Gary Chaffee, George Garzone, Barbara London, and John Medeski. She currently teaches at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Nick Risinger, filmmaker, & Persistence of Vision Films (POV) will record audio material for use in Bookie, a short narrative film project.  Its works have screened at the Northwest Film Forum, the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, and the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.  POV is based in Seattle, and was founded by filmmakers Nick Risinger and Tran Quoc Bao.

Gary Tsujimoto, taiko player and composer, & One World Taiko (OWT) will record a CD of original compositions for traditional Japanese drum ensemble with koto and shamisen.  OWT, founded in 1990 in San Francisco, is led by founding members Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki. OWT presents a contemporary style of Japanese drumming that incorporates dynamic and fluid movement. Their repertoire includes traditional pieces, which were taught to them by the world-renowned groups Kodo and Ondekoza from Japan, and their own original compositions infused with contemporary rhythms from their love of jazz and world music.  

Christa Wells, vocalist, will record her original songs with a band of well-known local musicians.  Wells is a soulful vocalist who blends many genres of music to create her own unique style. She has released two trip hop albums with Trick Deck, and is currently a member of "Freeschool," a group that features Seattle improvisational musicians.  She has been performing with DJ's and live musicians weekly for several years, including drum -n- bass sensations Siamese. She has also recorded with Afghan Whigs, The Long Winters, Carrie Akre and many others.

Kendra Wight, vocalist and ukulele player, & Tiny Manhood will record a CD of original pop songs performed on unusual acoustic instruments and toys.  Tiny Manhood are Kendra Wight on ukelele and vocals, Jenessa Wight on bass and vocals, Blaine Sizemore on drums, and Aaron Long on trombone, toy instruments, and backing vocals. They are based in Seattle, Washington.

2006-2007 Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery is a unique venue in Seattle where artists from various disciplines can present installation works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element. This program enables artists to experiment with sound and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Up to three artists/teams are selected to receive 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery in the following year. Gallery shows include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop, and other events.  Artists selected for the 2006-2007 New Media Gallery Program are:

Jim Haynes (San Francisco, CA) will create a multimedia installation using audio speakers to create surface wave patterns on water infused with corrosive chemicals.

David Kwan (Oakland, CA) will create a multi-channel video and sound installation exploring slowly changing, complex landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.

Paul Rucker (Seattle, WA) will create a seven-channel sound and video work in which the viewer is able to control certain parameters of a pre-recorded musical ensemble.

2006 Jack Straw Writers Program (10th Anniversary Year)

In this 10th anniversary year of the Jack Straw Writers Program, 12 writers working in all forms and styles are selected by invited curator J.T. Stewart. Participants create new work during the residency to be presented through a series of live readings, recorded interviews, a published anthology, on the Jack Straw Productions web site, and on radio broadcasts. Participants also receive professional training in voice and microphone technique.  Writers selected for the 2006 Writers Program are:

John Burgess (Seattle) 
Martin Campbell  (Watsonville, CA)
Susan Casey  (Seattle)
Jennifer Culkin  (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Angela Jane Fountas  (Seattle)
Allison Green  (Seattle)
Jourdan Keith  (Seattle)
Anne Liu Kellor  (Seattle)
Larry Laurence  (Seattle
Frances McCue  (Seattle)
Marika Pineda  (Seattle)
Joan Swift  (Edmonds, WA)

The Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs operate on an annual cycle that begins each fall with a call for applications.  The application period is from mid-September through November.  Artists are selected and notified near the end of January.

Support for Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs comes from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, ArtsFund, Clark Nuber Certified Public Accountants, the D.V. and Ida McEachern Charitable Trust, PONCHO, Humanities Washington, SAFECO, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, and individual contributors.


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