Jack Straw Cultural Center 2019 Artist Support Program residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2019 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 19 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.

Seattle Modern Orchestra
Seattle Modern Orchestra

2019 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio. Eleven 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 2019 Artist Support Program are:

Dakota Camacho: Guma' Matao, an inter-disciplinary ritual activation exploring inter-cultural responsibility and ancestral knowing.

ings: Produce an 8-song album of lullabies for children and adults, focusing on universal themes of self-acceptance, kindness, and joy.

Briggan Krauss: CLAP, a suite of seven compositions written for the "String and Reed Quartet" featuring Krauss, Wayne Horvitz, Beth Fleenor, and Dylan van der Schyff.

Natasha Marin: Black Imagination: A series of recording circles featuring diverse representations of Black Joy--stories, testimonies, and dynamic soundscapes that explore the vastness of the Black Imagination.

SassyBlack: Recording tracks for her third album, Ancient Mahogany Gold, which dissects her journey in the world as a Black Queer woman.

Seattle Art Song Society: Create recordings of each of the 5 recitals taking place for their 18-19 season, "One Voice."

Seattle Modern Orchestra: Record a range of contemporary and 20th century works for chamber ensemble, showcasing the group's versatility.

Mako Willett: Recordings of Okinawan music, both folk and classical, on the sanshin.

Julie Cascioppo: I Love Being Abroad audio podcast: Record her memoirs, 10 specific stories, as a spoken and musical podcast.

James Falzone: T'ien Ti Jen (heaven, earth, people): Three pieces for clarinets, Native American flutes, piano, ritual bells, and shruti box that explore themes of Taoist contemplation.

C.R. Grimmer: Audio support for the Poetry Vlog, a YouTube channel and podcast designed to build social justice coalitions through poetry and pop culture discussion.

Dylan Hayes: The Hayes/Lecouturier/Knapp Collective will record their first album since the original band's (Jim Knapp Orchestra) 2002 album.

Inverted Space Ensemble: Produce a studio recording of five new works from Seattle composers written within unconventional, microtonal tuning systems.

Gregg Miller: The Improvised Event: Racer Sessions recorded: Record on-location and edit four Racer Sessions at Cafe Racer, plus follow-up participant interviews at Jack Straw --a query into the nature of collective improvisation.

O/TYPONEXUS: Nuclear Recitals, Vol. I: Lubomyr Melnyk: Edit, master, and arrange audiovisual recordings of original, site-specific, en-plein-air performance by world's fastest pianist at nuclear site for global release of multimedia environmental art compilation.

Sharon Park: Songs for No Words: Original solo piano compositions on acoustic piano.

Tom Varner and the "Sound Vespers" Mixed Ensemble: A meditative sound collaboration of four field recording artists, five trumpets, French horn, trombone, and percussion.

Tekla Waterfield: Record and produce an album of all original new music.

Andrew Weathers Ensemble: Past & Future Worlds: We Have Power & We Can Build A New World: The fifth studio album by AWE, a long-running revolving door collective of musicians playing mostly reworkings of American folk music.


2019-20 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 for 6-10 weeks. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop/performance, and other events. This year our panel chose four artists to show in the gallery in 2019-2020.

Artists selected for the 2019-2020 New Media Gallery Program:

Luann Bice: eng(aging) change: a multiple media installation
Luann Bice is an artist living and creating in Seattle. Her artistic process explores the ephemeral but cyclical nature of human existence. She employs a variety of media - printmaking, sculptural forms, artist books, and recently video - to explore what lies “in-between” external appearance and internal richness. By investigating multiple perspectives of identity, loss, and aging, her work initiates conversations about complexity, vulnerability, and inevitability, and encourages viewers to celebrate realistic self descriptions and acceptance. Her social practice uses art to connect people, as well as to make spaces where more voices can be heard. She has been active with the Seattle non-profit Path with Art as volunteer, teacher, creative mentor, board member and served for four years as Board Chair.

Cameron Perry Fraser: Transductive Long Wire Arrays
Cameron Perry Fraser is a composer and sound artist from Chesapeake, VA. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Washington in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media and received his master's degree from Columbia University's Sound Arts program where he worked at Columbia's famed Computer Music Center. Cameron composes music for his unique acoustic/electric hybrid instruments, sculptures and instillations. His work often employs ecoacoustic strategies, indeterminate methods and feedback systems.

Julia Freeman: Snakes in the Grass
Julia Freeman grew up in a suburb outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Freeman graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with her MFA in Fibers and has lived in Seattle the past 15 years as an artist, curator and teacher. Four years ago she co-founded The Alice, a curatorial collective which prioritizes supporting underrepresented artists. Her artistic practice has critically examined civility and etiquette, the military industrial complex, drug culture and social media. These projects use a variety of materials and processes which take the form of installations, performance sculptures, book arts and new media works. She is always considering ways to engage the audience in the artistic experience while archiving and examining these systems of power.

Yun Mi Her: Boooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrring (working title)
Yunmi Her has been working with video installation and interactive art to explore the daily internal conflict of individual lives.  An individual’s sense of belonging is the dominant subject of most of her works. These works explore this subject by examining the environmental limitations, social systems, and relationships that contribute to the construction of individual identity. Her video work consists of recordings which depict incidental accidental daily encounters as well as interviews with people concerning their everyday lives. On the contrary, her video installations create dreamlike, ethereal moods which convey not only emptiness and loneliness, but also the senses of hope and satisfaction which arise in the cycle of one’s daily life. She is a graduate student in the DXARTS program at the University of Washington.

Panelist Bios

2019 Artist Support Program Panelists

Angelina Baldoz has been performing inside and out of theaters, cafes, music clubs, concert halls, churches, parties, festivals, backyards and the beyond for 30 years and has worked extensively with choreographers for over 22. Since 2014 Angelina in collaboration with Katherine Cohen founded Mother Tongue Arts, a two headed Art making machine, and has created exciting new works in visual arts , performance, songwriting and video works. Her main instrumental focus has been 30 plus years on the trumpet, over a decade with  electric bass, has worked extensively with electronic instruments and more recently vocals. Playing electric bass she toured through Europe and America with the visionary rock band Earth also featuring the brilliant cellist Lori Goldston. Angelina was the sole composer for 8 years for Salt Horse, a performance company led by Angelina, Corrie Befort and Beth Graczyk, creating multiple evening-length works around the  northwest, and beyond. Education of her discipline and craft have been a crucial aspect to her artistry studying with such luminaries as Deborah Hay, Stuart Dempster and the legendary Carol Kaye, amongst many other brilliant artists.

Knox Gardner is the publisher of Entre Ríos Books, a queerly run poetry press in Seattle. He organized the Jackson Street Jazz Walk for its first four years. He was a Jack Straw Artist Support Program artist in 1999.

Ha-Yang Kim creates new music as a composer and cellist, regularly collaborating with ensembles and artists in festivals and performance venues throughout the world. Drawing from a breadth of western classical music, American experimentalism, rock, electronic, noise, avant-improv, to non-western sources, Kim's music is inspired by acoustic phenomena, ritual ceremonial processes, and characterized by an organic visceral lyricism of sound influenced by the East Asian sense of space and emptiness. Monograph recordings of compositions released on Tzadik Records. Worked with diverse range of artists including Cecil Taylor, Meredith Monk, John Zorn, Beyoncé, Terry Riley, indie rock band The National, Kronos Quartet, Louis Andriessen, and Bang on a Can. Has been Artist-In-Residence at NYC’s Roulette Intermedium and ISSUE Project Room, Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis Universities, Dartmouth College. Grants, awards and fellowships from Jerome Foundation, Hemera Foundation, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, Argosy Foundation. Dedicated to cross-cultural exchange, social transformation, and education, Kim has conducted workshops with Berber youth communities in Morocco, performed at youth detention centers in the Bronx, performed alongside gamelan orchestras in Bali, and performed for the UN Humanitarian Aid Campaign. She teaches music at Cornish College of the Arts.

Riz Rollins is a DJ (live and on the radio at KEXP 90.3 FM) and writer who has been a key part of Seattle's cultural landscape since the late 1980s. He was a 1997 Jack Straw Writer, in the inaugural year of the Jack Straw Writers Program.


2019-20 New Media Gallery Panelists

Nina Bozicnik is associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery, at the University of Washington. At the Henry she has organized the exhibitions Between Bodies (2018), Martha Friedman: Castoffs (2018), The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection (2017), MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects (2016), and  Michelle Handelman: Irma Vep, The Last Breath (2015), among others. Before joining the team at the Henry, she held curatorial positions at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire and at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. She holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University.

Michelle de la Vega is a multidisciplinary, installation, and social practice artist in Seattle. Her large-scale ventures endeavor to push social and aesthetic boundaries through community dialogue, concept driven materiality and community investment on a wide scale. Michelle was recently commissioned to create a permanent outdoor sculpture for Sound Transit’s Light Rail Station at the new Kent / Des Moines location, and she is excited to be a guest curator for the 2019 Bellwether Grand Connection exhibition. Michelle was named as an Artist of the Year in 2017 by City Arts Magazine, facilitates a women’s art program in the King County Jail in partnership with The Organization for Prostitution Survivors, and is a beekeeper.

Juan Pampin is Professor of Music Composition at University of Washington and founding faculty member of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), for which he currently serves as Director. He received an MA in Composition from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, France, and a DMA in Composition from Stanford University, where he studied with composer Jonathan Harvey. Juan Pampin's work explores the concepts of site, memory, and materiality using algorithmic strategies to produce aural phenomena. His sound installations –consisting of site-specific and immersive sonic environments– have been exhibited at many international venues and festivals. Juan Pampin's music compositions –including pieces for instrumental, digital, and mixed media– have been performed around the world by world-class soloists and ensembles. His “Percussion Cycle” –recorded by Les Percussions de Strasbourg– has been recently released on CD by Sargasso Records, London.


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