Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present
Composer Spotlight Series
Jack Straw Productions 4261 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA98105
Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present Composer Spotlight, a series of talks and performances by composers, musicians, and scholars of new and innovative music every second Wednesday of each month. For more information about Composer Spotlight artists and the series, click here.
Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum present
Marcus Oldham and Chenoa Egawa with Ethan Delavan
American Indian Composers Go Classical
Wed, April 8,
Marcus Oldham - a 2009 Jack Straw Artist Support Program participant - and company will discuss their upcoming concert "Remembering Catherine," a collective exploration of place, heritage, and ancestral memory through sound and image.
The Indigenous peoples of North America have always celebrated the process of creating music as an intrinsic, simple, and consequential response to the cycles within life itself. Standing in contradiction is the traditional Western attitude that music is primarily a craft, an expressive yet intellectual act that engages the listener from only a polite distance. Are the sensuous and the aesthetic dimensions of musical expression this delineated? Or do they intuitively exist without contradiction? Are they fundamentally congruent, inseparable, interdependent? Together can they shape a centering impulse that embraces human experience, guiding us in a moment towards immediacy and connectivity? Via an assemblage of modern musical gesture, ancient song, Indigenous language, diverse instrumentation, and poignant historically-inspired imagery, these are some of the questions "Remembering Catherine" seeks to answer.
Marcus Oldham is a classical composer and performing keyboardist residing in Seattle; Chenoa Egawa is an Indigenous composer and a member of the Lummi and S'Klallam Coast Salish nations of WA State; and Ethan Delavan is a Seattle-based filmmaker.
About Composer Spotlight
The Composer Spoltight series is presented by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum (WCF). This series of talks and performances of new music highlights an innovative composer or performer every second Wednesday of each month at Jack Straw Productions. If you are a composer and would like to present at a Composer Spotlight event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Washington Composers Forum
The Washington Composers Forum is a non-profit arts organization that nurtures the creation, performance, and dissemination of new music by composers living in Washington State. Since its founding in 1984, WCF has produced concerts, readings, and lectures in the U.S. and Canada, representing many composers in the region. Visit their website for more information.
Composer Spotlight History
Below is a complete listing, by year, of all past presenters in the series.