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Jack Straw announces 2011 Artist Support, New Media Gallery residencies

Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2011 Artist Support Program (ASP) and 2011-2012 New Media Gallery Program to 23 artists and artist teams 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.

2011 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; 11 additional artists/teams will 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. 

City Meditation Crew, 2011 Artist Support Program.

Artists/Teams selected for the 2011 Artist Support Program are:

Aono Jikken Ensemble will record one or more of their original scores for classic and contemporary silent cinema.

Wendy Call will record a trilingual (Zapotec-Spanish-English) CD of one dozen poems.

City Meditation Crew will create an "audio map" in collaboration with a writer, a musician, and a scientist.

Urtaa Gantulga will record a full length album of solo and accompanied Morin Khuur (Mongolian horsehead fiddle) music.

Constantin Parvulescu (Count Constantin) will record the original 5-movement string quartet Voronets Blue.

Jesikah Maria Ross will produce an audio tour of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Northern California.

Monktail Creative Music Concern will record new pieces composed by its members.

Nadia Tarnawsky will record an album of traditional music and original music inspired by folk music from Ukraine and the British Isles.

Robert Antone will record an album that tells his story through music with an old family violin from 1893 Seattle, his grandfather's musical saw, and songs performed in a Northwest regional style.

NF Chase will record a CD of three new interactive electro-acoustic compositions.

Sankofa Sings will record a CD of a capella music written, arranged, and/or originally performed by musicians from the African Diaspora.

Adam Fong will record Prime Speed, an experimental composition for multi-tracked, just-tuned voices.

Justin Mata will produce a soundtrack for Excerpts from a Treaty, a new animated video work.

Sean Osborn will record a CD of solo clarinet music, including standards, rarely recorded, and never-before-recorded works.

Michael Owcharuk will produce an album of 8-12 pieces composed for the 17-piece big band Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble.

Byron Schenkman and Seattle Baroque Soloists will record a CD of chamber works by Antonio Vivaldi.

Stephen Silha will record the soundtrack and edit audio for the documentary film The Big Joy Project.

Curtis Taylor will create audio production design for White White Day, an original play.

Nicholas Wong will create an audio companion piece to The Wandering Pugilist, a photographic and literary documentary project.


2011-12 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. 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 2012 for 8-12 weeks. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop/performance, and other events.  This year our panel chose four artists/artist teams to show in the gallery in 2011-2012. In addition, one artist was selected by last year's panel to show in 2012. Artists selected for the 2011-2012 New Media Gallery Program are:

Amber Cortes will create four imagined radio stations, each designed on a different theme and broadcast within the gallery on small (legal) FM transmitters.

Perri Lynch, Lara Swimmer, and Robert Zimmer will create a multi-media installation combining field recording, projection and montage, inspired by their recent fellowship in the Etruscan hill town Civita di Bagnoregio.

Stelios Manousakis will create a collaborative, interactive sound installation, experienced as a real-time soundscape composition and created through the interactions of visitors' personal mobile electronic devices.

Yann Novak will present the sound and video installation Blue Hour, combining processed field recordings and projected images from Joshua Tree National Park to create an immersive environment. 

To celebrate Jack Straw's 50th anniversary in 2012, Ellen Sollod will create an installation (selected by last year's panel) transforming the New Media Gallery into a camera obscura that reflects the world outside the gallery.  The installation will include a soundscape that deals with the idea of urbanism and what it is to live in a city as well as Jack Straw as an institution today and historically.


Panelist Bios

2011 Artist Support Program Panelists

Sue Elliott is the Director of Education at the Seattle Opera. Previously at Houston Grand Opera, she created HGO’s Song of Houston initiative, a program that creates new works celebrating the people of Houston and includes city-wide collaborative educational and artistic projects. A former stage manager who has worked with Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, among others, Elliott was the first Canadian recipient of an OPERA America fellowship in Production and Stage Management. Elliott is an accomplished clarinetist and pianist who holds a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Southern California, an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Steve Effingham is a writer who recently completed his first full length historical novel, entitled Lost Songs.   He is a poet who has performed with improvising musicians Vinny Golia, Nels Cline, and Roberto Miranda and has edited the cultural journal, Griot.  He was a founding member of the Seattle based  performance group, Sokkyo and has worked with Seattle improvisors Suzie Kozawa, Esther Sagai, Yoko Murao and Ayvind Kang. He was a participant in the 2005 Jack Straw Writers Program.

Beth Fleenor is a performer, composer, and arts advocate who subscribes to the principle that “art is the discipline of being.” Fleenor harbors a strong love for variety and all forms of sonic manipulation. Such flexibility has allowed her to move freely through genres including, but not limited to, jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, metal, folk, ambient, surf, and noise. Her work has been heard in live music, recordings, theater, performance art, installations, modern dance, and film. In addition to her artistic credits Fleenor is the Director of The Frank Agency, an innovative arts management company dedicated to bridging the spaces between artists, presenters and audience members, as well as Director of the developing social service organization - Advocates for Abundance through Action in the Arts.

Tikka Sears is a Seattle-based theater director, performer, and educator. She is co-founder and artistic director of Memory War Theater, directing and co-creating 'work created under compulsion,' which was selected to appear at Bumbershoot and On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival. She creates, performs, and directs performance pieces and frequently collaborates with glass artist, designer and writer Manuel Castro. In 2004 Tikka returned from two years in Indonesia where she was a Fulbright Artist-in-Residence and collaborated with the Black Umbrella Theater. Tikka has been studying and performing Indonesian arts for 15 years and weaves mask, dance and puppetry traditions into her current work. Sears has also taught and worked with diverse ensembles to create original theater works at Intiman Theater, the Seattle and Bainbridge Island School Districts, and at the University of Washington.

2011 New Media Gallery Panelists

Christopher DeLaurenti is a Seattle-based composer, improvisor, and music writer. His sound work encompasses field recordings, electroacoustic and acousmatic music, text-sound scores, free-improvised low-tech electronics, and compositions for acoustic instruments.

Susie J. Lee is a new media artist who merges digital technologies with objects and spaces to create ephemeral, time-based installations, sculptures, and performances. Lee's work has been exhibited locally, throughout the US, and internationally in Korea and Italy. A number of her works have been collected by prominent private and national museum collections. She has received numerous awards and public commissions, was named ArtNews Artist to Watch, and is the 2010 Stranger Genius in Visual Art, and is a 2010 resident in the Jack Straw Artist Support Program. Her video work showed at the Blanton Museum in Texas, and new work is featured in upcoming exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, and the Denver Art Museum.

Carolyn Law has been working as a professional studio and public artist for over 25 years. Her public art experience encompasses a wide range of commissioned art projects and art plans. The public art projects range widely from design team projects with designers, engineers, and/or landscape architects and considerable interface with communities and governmental agencies to site-specific integrated artworks and temporary installations. Her studio work involves mixed media drawings and temporary sculptural installations. Recently she has also been curating exhibitions of temporary sited works. She has been actively involved in civic affairs concerning the built environment and public spaces.

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