Jack Straw announces 2013 Artist Support, New Media Gallery residencies
Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2013 Artist Support Program (ASP) and 2013-2014 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.

2013 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; 12 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. 

Top: Etsuko Ichikawa; Bottom: Michael Jinsoo Lim and Melia Watras

Artists/Teams selected for the 2013 Artist Support Program are:

Armin Barnett will record an album of traditional and original fiddle music.

Emily Doolittle will record a CD of 7 original chamber works.

Greg Fields will produce a media companion to the book Sacred Breath: Pacific Northwest Culture and Medicine Teachings by Johnny Moses.

Etsuko Ichikawa will record sound in Cooling Tower #3 at the decommissioned nuclear plant Satsop for her artwork The Echo Project.

Jennifer Jasper will create audio recording of her one woman show "I can hear you . . . But I'm not listening."

Martin Koenig will produce a master for a collection of recordings of traditional music collected in Macedonia in 1968 and 1973.

Dana Reason will record and master new compositions and improvisations for piano, cello, bass, and drums.

Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim will record an album of improvised music for viola and violin.

Danny Barksdale will produce an album containing the original recordings and story of Billy Barksdale, told by the people who knew him and accompanied him as musicians.

Beth Fleenor and her Workshop Ensemble will record SILT - a continuous, meditative, conduction work - for release on vinyl.

Steve Griggs will perform oral history recording, digital preservation of historic recordings, and production of audio excerpts for a blog and biography about the life and impact of Joe Brazil.

Paul Kikuchi will record Bat of No Bird Island, a new song cycle for chamber-jazz ensemble based on the memoir of his grandfather Zenkichi Kikuchi.

David Marriott will record the 13-piece ensemble Triskaidekaband performing original arrangements of improvisational vehicles by some of jazz music's finest improvisors.

Scott Morgan (Loscil) will record a CD featuring electronic compositions based on new acoustic recordings of classic hymns referenced by early Antarctic explorers while in peril in Antarctica.

Eric Rynes will complete recording and production of a CD of diverse virtuosic works for solo violin and violin with electronics.

Bryan Smith will record original compositions for solo overdubbed saxophone.

Peter Vukmirovic Stevens will record and edit two string quartets and two solo viola works.

Anthony Vine will record a CD of recent original electroacoustic compositions, performed by Seattle musicians and ensembles.

Storme Webber will produce Blues Divine, a CD of spoken word and music, 21st century blues and freedom songs.

Wes Weddell will record an album of original songs.


2013-14 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 2014 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 2013-2014. Artists selected for the 2013-2014 New Media Gallery Program are:

Brandon Aleson: Thermal Dynamics 

Yagiz Mungan: 12 Months: Seattle 

Steven Scribner: The StormSound Installation 

Seth Sexton and Rachel Green:  Hypnagogic Jerk 

Panelist Bios

2013 Artist Support Program Panelists

Manuel Cawaling is the Executive Director of Youth Theatre Northwest. In 1989, Manuel was at the forefront of the fringe theatre scene in Seattle, co-establishing Capitol Hill's Pilgrim Center for the Arts. He also served as a founding board member for Seattle's League of Fringe Theatres, the predecessor of today's Theatre Puget Sound and the organization credited with establishing Seattle's Fringe Theatre Festival, the first such festival in the United States. Between 1992 and 1998, Manuel worked at the Northwest Asian American Theatre. In 1999, Manuel became Exhibit Developer/Manager at the Wing Luke Asian Museum. From 2003 to 2008, Manuel served on staff at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, initially in artistic programming and then Managing Director, overseeing all administrative and programmatic activities for the performing arts facility. He has served two terms on the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, was a member of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture's Public Art Advisory Committee and recently served as President for the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation. Now a boardmember, Cawaling leads the planning for the Cultural Congress, our state-wide arts conference.

Kent Devereaux currently serves as Chair of the Music department at Cornish College ofthe Arts in Seattle. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2008, Kent taught previously at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the California Institute for the Arts. As a composer and director of music-theater, his work has been performed at Chicago¹s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Seattle¹s On the Boards. He studied composition with Lou Harrison and David Cope while attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, and with Gil Evans, Janice Giteck, and Anthony Braxton at Cornish College of the Arts (B.F.A., 1982). He holds a masters degree in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A., 1985). He has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Indonesia.

Christina Sunardi is an ethnomusicologist in the School of Music at the University of Washington, where she has been teaching since 2008. Her interests include performance, identity, spirituality and ethnography in Indonesia. Her work focuses in particular on the articulation of gender through music, dance, and theater in the cultural region of east Java. Her publications include articles in Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land en Volkenkunde, Asian Music, and Ethnomusicology, as well as reviews in the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and Indonesia. Dr. Sunardi has been studying and performing Javanese arts since 1997 in Indonesia and the United States, earning her Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. She is currently working on a book about the negotiation of gender and tradition through dance and music in east Java. In addition to her academic work, she enjoys playing gamelan music with the Seattle-based ensemble Gamelan Pacifica and performing as an independent dancer.

2013 New Media Gallery Panelists

Jesse Paul Miller is an inter-disciplinary artist who has resided in Seattle since 1992.  His work combines and exploration of contextual boundaries with invention and intuition. Ranging from drawing, collage, audio art, to installation pieces, Miller’s work moves in and in-between several artistic realms;   sound, sculpture, collage, drawing, and painting. His output in recent years has consisted of painting, drawing, collage, and audio releases;  influenced by his travels to Southeast Asia in 2005 and 2008 (Bali Burma, Japan, Java, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand). He has had numerous exhibitions regionally and internationally including the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle),  Deadtech (Chicago),  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (British Columbia), Omega Point (Tokyo, Japan) and others.

Heather Dew Oaksen is a media artist and educator whose experimental work explores the realms of both fiction and non-fiction, and functions in communities in unexpected ways. Much of her recent media installation work has been sited in places where the public “finds” the work informally –as they are traveling (the Colman dock ferry terminal), shopping and commuting (the windows at 911 Media Arts Center), or leafing through a periodical (at the North East branch of the Seattle Public Library). Oaksen has received many awards for her work which has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. She is a professor at Cornish College of the Arts and one of the founders of 911Media Arts Center.

Susan Robb is an artist whose work is an ongoing investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It often takes its form as temporary, site-responsive, and socially-engaged projects. These projects include ONN/OF "a light festival", Sleeper Cell Training Camp, and Warmth Giant Black Toobs as well as public commissions such as The Long Walk, Parking Squid, and Water Lab. Her work has been funded by a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Stranger Genius Award, a 4Culture Special Projects Grant, a US Artist Projects campaign, and the City of Seattle. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at Family Business, NYC, Discovery Greens, Houston TX, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui HI, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Lawrimore Project, Seattle WA, The Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA, Swing Space, NYC, and Blindside Gallery, Melbourne Australia. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, the Gage Academy of Art, and the Frye Art Museum. This year she was the recipient of a Creative Capital grant for her upcoming project Wild Times.



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