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Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present

Composer Spotlight Series

Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
FREE

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

Composer Spotlight:
Marcus Oldham and Chenoa Egawa with Ethan Delavan

American Indian Composers Go Classical

Wed, April 8, 7:30pm

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 arts@jackstraw.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.
2009
Emily Doolittle
Randal Bays
Christopher Roberts
2008
Gust Burns
Hope Wechkin
Dennis Rea
Anna Homler
Bill Smith (William O. Smith)
Tom Baker
Tom Varner
Bruce Hamilton
Joshua Kohl & Jeff Huston
Michael Owcharuk
Sean Osborn
Richard Johnson
2007
Sarah Bassingthwaighte
Ryan Hare
Brad Sherman
Wally Shoup
Steve Cavit
Paul Rucker
Martin Bresnick
Tim Root
Dean Moore
Eric Lanzillotta
Brandon Pettit
Kevin Patton
2006
Douglas Kahn
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Alan Lechusza
Patrick Stoyanovich
Gabriela Lena Frank
Wayne Horvitz
Arun Chandra
Donald J. Stewart
Kotoka Suzuki feat. Eric Rynes
Evan Flory Barnes
Joe Colley
Bonnie Miksch and Christopher Penrose
2005
Joe Diebes
Karen Thomas
Doublends Verts: Tom Swafford, Adam Diller, Annie Lewandowski
S. Lyn Goeringer
John Mackey
Dempster, Domingues, Weikel
Arun Chandra
Joshua Parmenter
Eric Mandat
Richard Karpen
Christopher DeLaurenti
Joel-Francois Durand
2004
Ken Benshoof
Gerhard Samuel
Wrick Wolff
Steve Layton
Robert HP Platz
Degenerate Art Ensemble
Laura Kaminsky
Keith Eisenbrey
Adam Diller
Wayne Horvitz
Linda Waterfall
Lesli Dalaba
2003
Ela Lamblin & Leah Mann
Trimpin
David Mahler
Christi Denton & Celeste Hutchins
Steve Roden
Tom Baker
Nate Brown with Gary Fukushima
Ray Holman
Peter Seibert
Robin Holcomb
Curtis Taylor
Amy Rubin
2002
Ela Lamblin & Leah Mann
Trimpin
David Mahler
Christi Denton & Celeste Hutchins
Steve Roden
Tom Baker
Nate Brown with Gary Fukushima
Ray Holman
Peter Seibert
Robin Holcomb
Curtis Taylor
Amy Rubin
2001
Present Sounds Recordings
Janice Giteck and Judith Roche
Cindy McTee
Mina Miller
Benjamin Boretz
Bob Barraza and KT Niehoff
Jin Hi Kim
Munir Nurettin Beken
Sean Osbourn
Marcos Carmona
Koo Nimo
Jay Clayton
Carolyn Graye
2000
Jovino Santos Neto
Kevin Goldsmith
Michael Shannon
Jim Knodle
Janice Giteck
Mark Polishook
Chen Yi and Robert Sirota
Yu Ping Chen
Lynette Westendorf
David Paul Mesler
Musicians Accord
Elizabeth Falconer
1999
Suzie Kozawa
Samuel Jones
Gerhard Samuel
Christopher DeLaurenti
Christopher Shainin
Mathew Sperry
Gavin Borchert
Keith Eisenbrey
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