Jack Straw announces 2015 Artist Support residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2015 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 20 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.

Left: Imani Sims; Right: Gregg Belisle-Chi

2015 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. Projects are presented to the public at artist events at Jack Straw and other venues.

Artists/Teams selected for the 2015 Artist Support Program are:

Anna Balint/Safe Place Writing Circle will produce a CD/podcasts of ten emerging voices from Seattle's Recovery Café.

Anna Doak/Different Drummer will record an album of music for double bass, fiddle, and tap.

Sara Edwards/People's Grand Opera will record songs from "The Public Road," an a capella choral music/interdsciplinary performance.

Josephine Ensign will produce a series of oral histories with Seattle-area homeless service providers and activists for a digital storytelling project on health and healing in the context of homelessness.

Alice Gosti and Hanna Benn will record music for How to Be a Partisan, a multi-media music and performance project

John Morovich/Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra will document the musical work of the Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra of Seattle by recording 12-14 songs that are representative of the group's repertoire.

Shin Yu Pai will create a site-specific installation in Piper's Orchard that includes an audio recording of a poem mixed with field recordings of the Orchard.

Imani Sims will create an album of performance poetry.

Tom Baker will record and mix two new compositions for solo piano and soprano, trumpet, and percussion.

Gregg Belisle-Chi and Chelsea Crabtree will record an album of new music for guitar and voice.

Stephen Cohen will record Talk to Me, a music performance audio project featuring voices, homemade and custom made cigar box guitars, acoustic guitar, and an original 5 String Thing instrument.

James DeJoie will record a full-length CD of original music for the quartet MonkeyGoDutch.

Amber Flame will produce an album of original songs made from the poems of various writers

Antonio Gomez will record music from many traditions for the Guadalevin Project, an exploration of identity and cultural dialogue combining elements of autobiography, travelogue, and musical collection.

Steve Griggs will record and mix the narrative and music program for A Cup of Joe Brazil, an audio documentary about an important figure in Seattle's cultural history.

Etsuko Ichikawa will record and edit sound for the Radiating Echoes film project.

Martin Koenig will digitize the sound for Balkan Echoes' archive of 16mm dance films. 

John Mullen will produce recordings of original stories.

ECOSS will record oral history interviews with people who utilize the Duwamish River for fish, to be incorporated into public art and events as part of the Duwamish Revealed project.

Sumiko Sato will record original compositions for solo piano and piano-based instrumentation, inspired by traditional work songs for sake master brewers in northern Japan.


2015-16 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 studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery 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 2015-2016.

In addition, one artist was invited to participate in the inaugural year of a new extension of the New Media Gallery Program, featuring sound, video, and installation art in our entry space, adjacent to the Gallery. Erin Anderson will receive 10 hours of studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of her project, and exhibit her completed project in our front entry space for 8-16 weeks. This exhibitions will also include an opening reception and artist talk.

Artists selected for the 2015-2016 New Media Gallery Program are:

Andy Behrle: luminous soundscape

James Borchers: title TBA

Paul Kikuchi and James Reeves: A U T O N O M I C

Daniel Sewell: Bigfoot

Jack Straw entry space installations:

Erin Anderson: Our Time Is Up

Panelist Bios

2015 Artist Support Program Panelists

Peter Davenport currently manages a Media Acquisitions team at Microsoft consisting of music supervisors, image editors, and video production staff. Prior to Microsoft, Peter was a board member and President of Earshot Jazz, Program Director at Northwest Folklife, Executive Director of the Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest, and an Education and Community Outreach Consultant to The Jimi Hendrix Project, which became EMP. An organist and pianist, he studied at Oberlin Music Conservatory and College in the early 1970s, and later received an MA in Ethnomusicology from UW.

Composer Emily Doolittle was born in Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Indiana University, and Princeton University. In 2008 she moved to Seattle and worked as an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts until 2015. She has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal; and such soloists as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc, Janice Jackson, Patricia Green, and Helen Pridmore; pianist Rachel Iwaasa; and violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel.

Lori Goldston's voice as a cellist, acoustic and amplified, is deeply textured and adaptable. Based in Seattle, she works as an improviser, composer, and producer with bands, composers, filmmakers and choreographers including Earth, Nirvana, David Byrne, Jessika Kenney, Ellen Fullman, Vanessa Renwick, Jherek Bischoff, Mirah, Christian Rizzo, Terry Riley and many others. She tours as a soloist and collaborator throughout the U.S. and Europe and has released albums on Sub Rosa and Mississippi Records.

Harold Taw was a 2011 Jack Straw writer and is the author of the novel Adventures of the Karaoke King. His writing has been featured on NPR, in a New York Times bestselling anthology and in The Seattle Times; his screenplay Dog Park has garnered recognition in numerous film festivals and competitions. Harold is currently completing a novel about a turbulent adolescence in Southeast Asia and collaborating on a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion for The 5th Avenue Theatre Writers Group.


2015-16 New Media Gallery Panelists

Zack Bent is an artist based in Seattle, Washington. His sculptures, photographs and videos are often mythic translations of his home, his family and the stuff he collects. Bent received degrees in architecture and environmental design from Ball State University and an MFA in photography from the University of Washington. Recent exhibitions of his work have included exhibits at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, PDX Contemporary, Whitworth University, G.Gibson Gallery, University of Calgary along with video screenings at the Weisman Museum of Art, The Banff Center, and University of Cincinnati.

James Coupe is an artist and Associate Professor at the University of Washington's Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS). His installation, video, internet, and public art works have been exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Camden Arts Centre, Parsons The New School for Design and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. He has received grants and awards from Creative Captial, the Prix Ars Electronica and New Contemporaries; recent commissions include the Toronto International Film Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Abandon Normal Devices Festival.

Allyce Wood is a visual artist based in Seattle. Her practice engages a variety of mediums and concepts considering ideas of human influence on ecology. Wood graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010 and studied Environmental Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. She has been an active member of SOIL Artist Run Gallery since 2012, and has shown work in cities such as Glasgow, Oslo, Oakland, New York, and Seattle.


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