Jack Straw announces 2012 Artist Support residencies

Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2012 Artist Support Program (ASP) 18 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.

2012 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; 10 additional artists/teams will receive matching awards.

William Chapman Nyaho, 2012 Artist Support Program.
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 2012 Artist Support Program are:

Rosalynn De Roos will record an album by ChoroLoco, an acoustic ensemble specializing in Brazilian Choro music.

Mara Gearman will record the composer Alexander Bishop's complete works for viola.

Cherie Hughes and Roberto Limon (Pacific Duo) will record Matilde Salvador's 9 Endechas y Cantares de Sefarad for voice and guitar, along with a new composition by Samuel Zyman.

Geoff Larson and The Bushwick Book Club Seattle will create a series of five-minute radio segments that feature interviews of various artist interpretations and approaches to songwriting inspired by books.

Donna Miscolta will record brief excerpts of her written work to feature as audio samples on her web site.

Dean Moore will record four percussion pieces composed for dance/movement performance. 

William Chapman Nyaho will record a two CD set of piano music by composers from Africa and the AfricanDiaspora.

Tom Varner will record The Ninth Surprise, a new original work for an improvising nine-piece ensemble.

Paul Anastasio and Fire of Tierra Caliente will record a CD of string quintet arrangements of the music of Mexico's Tierra Caliente del Balsas with accompanying Finale transcriptions for teachers and players.

Vicki Boeckman will record a CD of recorder duets by Georg Phillip Telemann.

August Denhard  will record a program of duets for lute and tenor for his project The English Cavalier Songs.

Cassidy Dimon and The Last Quest will record the score and foley sound effects for the documentary film Barzan.

Jack Forman and Recess Monkey will create an interactive musical bingo-style game, where families use customized bingo cards and a music CD to play together.

Tina Hoggatt will create short audio pieces to be used in sculptural installations, on the web, and in podcasts.

Nichole Rathburn will create a soundtrack for a four-channel animation piece that will be on view at 4Culture's E4C media gallery from June 2012 through June 2013.

Mark Roberts and Dan Compton will record a duo CD of traditional instrumentals.

John Teske will record his recent double bass compositions.

Dina Trageser and Dunava will record a CD of traditional and modern Bulgarian music. 

Panelist Bios

2012 Artist Support Program Panelists

Tom Baker has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the Seattle new-music scene since arriving in 1994. He 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. His two recent chamber operas, The Gospel of the Red-Hot Stars and Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner, were premiered by the Seattle EXperimental Opera in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Both are available on CD, recorded through Jack Straw's Artist Support Program and released on the Present Sounds label. Tom has received many awards and grants for his work including awards from Meet The Composer, the Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, and Artist Trust.Tom is currently a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches composition, music theory and electronic music.

Trumpeter/composer/pianist Samantha Boshnack graduated from Bard College where she studied with Erica Lindsay, Joan Tower, and John Thomas. Her work has received acclaim from music critics from around the world, and she has received support from 4Culture, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, and the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. She is a trumpet player in high demand in a wide variety of genres. She has performed and recorded with Paul Rucker, Wayne Horvitz, The Dead Science, Eyvind Kang, Hans Teuber, Tom Varner, Lori Goldston, Mark Oi, Tobi Stone, and Evan Flory-Barnes, among others. Current projects include Reptet, Picoso, Orkestar Zirkonium, WACO, Figeater, Publish the Quest, Sasson, the Monktail Creative Music Concern, and Threat of Beauty. Boshnack is an active music educator and currently teaches trumpet at Music Center of The Northwest and other schools in the Seattle area.

Doreen Mitchum works at 4Culture, where she manages the annual Group Arts Project program, the Touring Arts Roster and produces 4CTV, documentaries about 4Culture supported arts and cultural organizations in King. She has served on advisory committees such as the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and currently serves on King County's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration committee and the Washington State Arts Alliance Cultural Congress planning committee. Doreen received her BA from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Film Production from Howard University in Washington D.C. and previously taught at Seattle Central Community College.



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