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Kevin Patton
Wednesday, December 12, 7:30pm
Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Kevin Patton is a composer, guitarist, and experimental sound performer interested in exploring the increasingly nebulous borderlands between humans and machines in performance. In this Composer Spotlight, he will present parts of his piece Cracked Across the Brow with saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi (see below for related concert). The integration of interactive electronic music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is at the center of his practice. The Wire magazine described Kevin as genre bending: "Guitar based free playing morphs into feedback avalanches, or vice versa, and labels like jazz, noise, or rock become meaningless."

Kevin often performs his own work in both instrumental improvisation and interactive chamber music and has performed in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America. The Aphasia Project, a multi-media performance art duet with visual artist Carmen Montoya, integrates video, interactive and generative environments, and performance art in both a concert and instillation setting. "The audio and video components of Aphasia Project form intertwined frameworks for interpretation. Mutually dependent on each other for meaning, the sounds and visuals of Aphasia Project pieces form a semiotic synergy that comes alive in performance" (The WIRE, 11/4/05) His most recent project, GrayCode, combines electronic instrument design, machine improvisation with experimental jazz practice in collaboration with percussionist Frederick Kennedy and clarinetist and composer Butch Rovan.

Kevin's music and ideas have been presented at the Electronic Music Studies (EMS) International conference in Beijing, China, and the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia, Mexico, among many. His work in the development of a notation system for interactive chamber music will be published this fall by the British journal Organised Sound. Kevin holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies and composition from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts Degree from Brown University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in electronic music and multimedia composition at Brown University.

Listen to music by Kevin Patton at his Myspace.

Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present

Transport Concert Series

"Reeds Concert"
SEAN OSBORN / GREG SINIBALDI

Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th Floor, Seattle
Tickets: $15 general, $10 WCF members/seniors/students
Available at door

The Reeds Concert continues the Transport series of performances by international and local artists. Clarinetist Sean Osborn will premiere Chaconne by Seattle composer Keith Eisenbrey, Clarinet Sonata by English composer Michael Finnissy, and Dante Dances (Danzi d'Inferno) by University of Texas composer Dan Welcher. Rhonda Kline will accompany on piano.

Greg Sinibaldi will premiere works for saxophone and electronics, including Cracked Across the Brow by Kevin Patton, and 101-46 by York University composer Renée Walrafen.

The evening includes recorded music chosen from a call for scores and accompanied by video created by Northwest filmmakers ForeignAmerican Pictures, as part of Washington Composers Forum's Interval series.

Sean Osborn
Greg Sinibaldi
Photo by Jessica Oyanagi
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 conatct arts manager Van Diep.


ABOUT WASHINGTON COMPOSERS FORUM

WCF 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.


COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT HISTORY

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 Eisenbray
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

Seattle Chamber Players and Elena Dubinets
Dan Blunck
Rik Wright
Quake
Brian Lawlor
Byron Au Yong
Jack Straw
Stuart Wolferman & Britta Johnson
Philip Munger
Mark Polishook and Lisa Hutton
Undermind Arts Collective & Pleione
Lena Nietfeld & Jonathan Greene
Bret Battey

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
Open House

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