Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present

Composer Spotlight Series

Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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:
Randal Bays

Respecting the Envelope: Composing New Music in the Irish Tradition

Wed, February 11, 7:30pm

Randal Bays – a 2007 Jack Straw Artist Support Program participant – is an American musician who's been deeply involved in the world of Irish traditional music for over 30 years. He played various instruments starting at age 8, was involved in band and orchestra through his school years, then majored in music theory and composition at Indiana State University. Randal discovered traditional Irish jigs and reels in his twenties, took up the fiddle, and eventually became an internationally known performer on that instrument as well as the acoustic guitar. He has a string of highly acclaimed recordings to his credit, is a well known performer and teacher in both North America and Ireland, and is the founder of the Friday Harbor Irish Music School, now in its eighth year in Washington's San Juan Island.

Although the Irish musical tradition is a very ancient one, it's also a living tradition and new music is being created and added to it all the time. Randal is the composer of a number of noted recent tunes that have been absorbed into the communal repertoire shared by Irish trad musicians around the world. He'll discuss how that process works for him and will perform examples of recent (the last 50 years) compositions as well as older ones.

Coming in March: Christopher Roberts
Trios for Deep Voices
Wed, March 11, 7:30pm

Christopher Roberts – a 2007 Artist Support Program Participant – will discuss the process of composing his Trios for Deep Voices, recorded recently through the Jack Straw Productions Artist Residency Program and released by Cold Blue Music. These double bass works began in 1981 when he first traveled to Papua New Guinea. He lived with the people of the Star Mountains and introduced them to his double bass, while they introduced him to their songs. The villagers put him through a drumbeat initiation and built him a cane house, where he learned to decipher the sounds of the jungle around him. An idiosyncratic improviser, Roberts developed new string techniques in composing these unique chamber works, which will be featured in this Composer Spotlight performance.

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.
Emily Doolittle
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
Sarah Bassingthwaighte
Ryan Hare
Brad Sherman
Wally Shoup
Steve Cavit
Paul Rucker
Martin Bresnick
Tim Root
Dean Moore
Eric Lanzillotta
Brandon Pettit
Kevin Patton
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
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
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
Ela Lamblin & Leah Mann
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
Ela Lamblin & Leah Mann
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
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
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
Suzie Kozawa
Samuel Jones
Gerhard Samuel
Christopher DeLaurenti
Christopher Shainin
Mathew Sperry
Gavin Borchert
Keith Eisenbrey
Open House


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