Jack Straw announces 2009 Artist Support, New Media Gallery residencies

Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2009 Artist Support Program (ASP) and 2009-2010 New Media Gallery Program to 21 artists spanning multiple disciplines and genres.  The primary goal of Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs is to support audio as a vital medium in the arts. Our 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 for the Artist Support Program are selected by an interdisciplinary peer panel. Selected artists are listed below.

2009 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 12 artists/teams receive matching awards. The opportunity to work in a large professional recording studio with experienced sound engineers is a boon to many artists who may not otherwise be able to afford to produce work in this setting. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Selected projects are presented to the public at our Artist Showcase/Meet the Artist events and Composer Spotlight series. 

Artists/Teams selected for the 2009 Artist Support Program are:

Byron Au Yong, 2009 Artist Support Program.

Phillip Arnautoff will record an album of his sixteen Variations for Adapted Cello.

Katie Arrants will create an audio piece about a woman's attempts to get pregnant and the emotional, tumultuous ups and downs of each month.

Andrea Baumgarten (Ride the Ballad) will record twenty-seven traditional, unaccompanied ballads.

Vicki Boeckman and Ensemble Electra will record a CD of six sonatas by the Italian Baroque composer, Francesco Barsanti.

Jesse Canterbury will record new works for a small improvising chamber ensemble.

Ruth Dornfeld
will record her new compositions for the 5-string vielle, a medieval percursor to the violin.

Christopher Sereque will record a CD of clarinet and piano music by French composers and composers influenced by French music.

Ellen Sollod will create the multichannel audio component of Lake Washington Palimpsest, an installation at the Museum of Northwest Art using field recordings.
Malachite Amalya will create a soundtrack for Drifting, a 16mm experimental film.

Byron Au Yong will record a CD of his ceremonial Chinese percussion piece Piao Zhu: Flying Bamboo.

Tom Baker and Seattle Experimental Opera will record Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner, a new opera about The Donner Party.

Jose Carrillo and Los Norteños Seattle Latino Writers will produce high quality recordings of original literary works by members of Los Norteņos Writers and others, prepared in bilingual, Spanish-English editions.

Cynthia Dillard and The Golden Tree Story will record a full-length album of original music.

Rachel Matthews will record three new original works for piano and violin.

Andrew Ewan McInnis will complete recording of an album with the group Lemons and Stallions.

Miller McNay and his band Captain Gravel will record a collection of original music.

Marcus Oldham will record "Remembering Catherine," a concert in collaboration with Chenoa Egawa, juxtaposing indigenous Native American music and Western chamber music.

Victoria Peterson will record a four-movement composition addressing the role of a traditionally trained instrumentalist performing in the electronic music world.

2009-10 Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery is one of the world's only exhibition spaces focused primarily on sound art. Artists from various disciplines can present installation works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element, and the 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 2009 for 8-12 weeks. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop/performance, and other events.  Artists selected for the 2008-2009 New Media Gallery Program are:

Vaughn Bell (Seattle), sculptor and installation artist, will present Thinking Caps, an installation that will incorporate sculpture and field recordings to explore the iconic aspects of landscape, and to imagine what it might be like to “think like a mountain.”

Sound artist Steve Peters (Seattle) will continue his Chamber Music series of audio installations, in which he records the sounds of empty spaces, filters them, and plays the results back in those spaces. He will work with Jack Straw to create a more complex realization of Chamber Music than has been possible working on his own.

Multimedia artist Hugo Solis (Seattle) will create an interactive sound installation comprising two to four physically altered and mechanically extended acoustic pianos and a database of music for solo piano. Audience interaction will be possible through physical proximity, text messages, and the Internet.

Panelist Bios

2009 Artist Support Program Panelists

August Denhard has directed performances for Ardo Opera and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Works to his credit include John Blow's Venus and Adonis, Claudio Monteverdi's Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi and L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and Tomás Torrejón de Velasco’s La Purpura de la Rosa. As Executive Director of the Early Music Guild of Seattle he has overseen and performed in all of the Guild’s opera productions: Two Monteverdi Chamber Operas, Venus and Adonis, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. As a performer on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, he has appeared with Chicago Music of the Baroque, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque, and the Concord Ensemble, among others. In Seattle he is the co-director of the Continuo Ensemble, a community ensemble devoted to 17th-century vocal music. He received his Doctor of Music degree from the Early Music Institute of Indiana University in May of 2006, and his dissertation, Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670): A Guide for Performers, has been published online by the Lute Society of America.

Christopher Roberts is a composer and musician who draws from the classical, jazz, and Pacific Rim musical traditions. He studied music in New York at the Juilliard School, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees in both composition and double bass. Following the focus and intensity of the conservatory environment, he shouldered his bass and went to live in Papua New Guinea on a quest to understand natural prosody in music. He then traveled to Taiwan on a Fulbright grant to study the Chinese classical qin, which inadvertently led to research of the island’s aboriginal music. He taught composition, theory, and double bass for a number of years at Soochow University in Taipei and is now the music program director at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.

Esther Sugai is a composer and flutist. She performs on harmonium with the Garrett Fisher Ensemble, Eye Music (a graphic score group), and Aono Jikken Ensemble (an experimental music ensemble specializing in live performances to silent films). Currently, she is collaborating with Susie Kozawa on sound design for Serge Gregory's film When Herons Dream. Her compositions have been presented at CoCA, New Music Across America, Barge Music (New York City), Marzena and Soundwork Northwest, and she has performed at the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center, Il Cantiere in Rome, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Seattle Festival of Improvised Music, Bumbershoot, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and throughout the U.S. She has received grants from Meet The Composer and ASCAP and is a past Seattle Arts Commission Composer-in-Residence.

2009 New Media Gallery Panelists

Born and raised in Italy, Iole Alessandrini has lived in Seattle since 1994. She received her diploma in Fine Arts from the First State School of Fine Arts in Rome and earned two master's degrees in Architecture: one from the University of La Sapienza in Rome and the other from the University of Washington in Seattle. It is the intersection between these two creative expressions – art and architecture – through which her work moves.  Alessandrini's work has been supported through grants, resources, and ideas from: 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle Arts Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (formerly Seattle Arts Commission), the Cultural Development Authority of King County (formerly King County Arts Commission), the Tacoma Arts Commission and others. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2002), the Betty Bowen Award (2000), the Artists Trust Fellowship (2000), the NIAUSI Fellowship (1996) and a New Media Artist in Residence at Jack Straw Production (2004).

Randy Moss is an artist and designer working in Seattle, Washington. His work includes human-scale installations that explore new ways for visualizing nature and human presence. Several past works have been interactive, using motion tracking sensors to create work that both reacts to and incorporates the presence of visitors. His work has been shown in Seattle at the Center on Contemporary Art, 911 Media Arts Center, and the Jack Straw New Media Gallery.  He recently collaborated with composer Byron Au Yong to create a computer-controlled light installation for Au Yong's set of 64 micro-operas entitled Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas.

John D. Pai has been creating experimental and documentary film for the past twelve years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and started as a visual artist/photographer.  His work reflects his interest in visuals, sound, music and poetry.  He is a winner of the International Examiner's Community Voice Award, and his work has been seen in Inter*Im's Bruce Lee Exhibition, the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, and festivals around the world.  As a media installation artist, John mixes images in non-conventional and non-linear ways at venues that include On the Boards, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, and RiverGrass Dance Theatre in Malaysia. From 1998-2000, John was a collaborative artist in the Ford Foundation's International Artists Program.


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