Jack Straw announces 2014 Artist Support, New Media Gallery residencies
Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2014 Artist Support Program (ASP) and 2014-2015 New Media Gallery Program to 24 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.

2014 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: Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir; Bottom: Sushma Kallam

Artists/Teams selected for the 2014 Artist Support Program are:

Garrett Fisher and the Fisher Ensemble will record a full length CD of the original opera The Iris.

Tom Hollenback will develop the sound component for an outdoor sculpture.

Sushma Kallam will record original improvised music and refine field recordings of Andhra Pradeshi folk and work songs to accompany Walls and the Tiger, a feature-length documentary film.

Nate Omdal and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble will record an album of 8 newly commissioned works from Seattle composers.

Steve Peters will record interviews with Seattle-area composers and sound artists in order to assemble individual portraits and a collective oral history of experimental music activity in the city and surrounding region.

Robin Lynn Smith and Freehold Theatre Lab Studio will create a podcast series based on original works of theater, spoken word, and performance created with incarcerated women and men.

Juliana Svetlichnaia and PAVA will mix and master Russian polyphonic folk songs recorded in an ethnographic expedition to the Belgorod region of Russia

Danielle Villegas will produce the sound for her documentary film about the Two Spirit concept and philosophy.

Randal Bays will record an album of the traditional Irish style music that's been played and created in the Pacific NW over the last few decades.

Rose Bellini and Redshift Ensemble will record an original electroacoustic project entitled Arctic Sounds, a program that consists of eight commissions that incorporate live performance with field recordings of Alaskan wildlife.

Brad Gibson will record 8-11 original jazz compositions for solo piano, trio, and quintet.

David Hahn will record eight pieces by the acoustic-electric chamber ensemble Concert Imaginaire.

Bill Horist will record eight pieces of original music for solo acoustic guitar.

Rachel Matthews will record material for her second CD of original compositions.

Yogi McCaw and the Yoginis Indian Jazz Project will record six new songs in the genre of Indian/Jazz fusion to complete a CD project.

Memmi Ochi will record music in response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Michael Owcharuk will develop and record a body of work based on music written for performances with the Bushwick Book Club Seattle.

Greg Ruby will record 10 new works for string jazz ensemble.

Mary Sherhart and Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir will record a CD of traditional Bulgarian songs featuring soloist Penka Encheva.

Sharon Nyree Williams will record a poetry and storytelling project exploring different social justice issues.

2014-15 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 6-10 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 2014-2015. Artists selected for the 2014-2015 New Media Gallery Program are:

Zack Bent: Lean-out Lean-to

Gabriela Denise Frank: Ugly Me

Carolyn Law: Your Moment of Sweet Awareness

Joel Ong: Tuning Calibration of Tonal Awareness II

Panelist Bios

2014 Artist Support Program Panelists

John Burgess was a 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; and the 2008 Words' Worth curator for the Seattle City Council. He's currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey, Board member at Richard Hugo House and coconspirator with the Band of Poets. Ravenna Press publishes his poetry: Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008), and Graffito (2011). He’s been a featured poet at bookstores, art galleries and coffee shops throughout the Northwest.

Fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld is fluent in a wide range of traditional styles and has performed and taught for over forty years throughout the U.S. and abroad. During a 15 year sojourn in New England, she studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, became a renowned dance fiddler, played in the stringband The Poodles, and founded The American Cafe Orchestra with Danish guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup. Now residing in Seattle, Ruthie continues to play with ACO, as well as with other groups. Her compositions for vielle (medieval fiddle) are featured in her latest recording, Lay of the Waves, for which she received a grant from Artist Trust and a Jack Straw Artist Support Program residency.

Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, and sound artist originally from Indianola, WA. Paul spent his youth playing in rock bands, and went on to study percussion and composition at Bennington College (BFA) and Cal Arts (MFA). His recent compositions explore the experiential aspect of creation and perception, specifically the transmission of presence, somatic awareness, and intent from the composer/performer to the listener.
He is interested in cultivating – in himself and others - a curiosity and deeper appreciation of sound and silence.

Eric Rynes is a violinist acclaimed for his performances in diverse styles and genres, from recitals of new music, to his work as concertmaster and concerto soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and as a founding member of Seattle Modern Orchestra, to evenings of authentic Argentine tangos and appearances with jazz and rock groups. Eric has premiered solo works in Berlin, Havana, Barcelona, Rotterdam, and many other cities, often with electronics. He has performed under many conductors, including Barenboim, Boulez, and Slatkin, and with many chamber music partners, including Garth Knox and Jovino Santos Neto; as a sideman, he has performed with Sufjan Stevens and Rod Stewart, among others. He has provided live and recorded music for plays by Chekhov and Ibsen, served on the violin faculty of Marrowstone Summer Music in Bellingham, adjudicated for competitions, and lectured on composing for the violin at several universities. He received his M.M. in violin from UW, and degrees in physics from the University of Chicago and University of Illinois.

2014-15 New Media Gallery Panelists

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multi-media artist. Ichikawa describes her work as "a continuing investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the eternal." Her Pyrographs and Aquagraphs are drawings made by fire and water, capturing and eternalizing the immediacy of a moment, while her installations and time-based work are about ever-changing states of mind. Ichikawa's work has been exhibited internationally, including The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, Waterhouse & Dodd in New York City, and Seattle Art Museum. She has received grants from numerous institutions including the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in national publications such as Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and GLASS Quarterly.

Tivon Rice is an artist and PhD candidate at the University of Washington's Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media. His work explores the intersections of immediate physical space and the virtual spaces described by digital media. Rice has received numerous awards including the ArtistTrust Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and the Boeing International Fellowship. He was a 2012 Fulbright Researcher in South Korea, and Artist in Residence at The Seoul Museum of Art where he developed work for the 12th Seoul International Media Arts Festival.

Ruth Marie Tomlinson utilizes repetitive processes to exercises her passion for systems, for cataloging and for restructuring. The work touches simple quandaries we face daily: What changes? What remains? What is remembered? What is forgotten? Resulting works are sited in architectural settings or within a landscape, facilitating an active relationship between the viewer and her intent. Tomlinson is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and received her MFA from the University of Washington. She currently maintains a studio in Two Dot, Montana, where she works and provides an invitational residency program during the summer months. As a professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Tomlinson combines her background in fibers, her knowledge of the sculptural form, and her use of space as a material, with her interest in fostering the creative process.



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