Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present
Composer Spotlight Series
Composer Spotlight: TOM BAKER
The Unadorned Composer and the Extravagant Art of Opera
Wed, June 11,
Guitarist Tom Baker has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the Seattle new-music scene since 1994. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers' Salon, and co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO). Baker will talk about his compositional process, and his evolving relationship with writing operas. He will be playing excerpts of a new recording of his chamber opera The Gospel of the Red-Hot Stars, a project in the 2006 Jack Straw Artist Support Program, as well as discussing his most recent operatic premiere, Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner.
Tom Baker performs on fretted and fretless guitars, and has worked with many innovative musicians, including Stuart Dempster, William O. Smith, Christian Asplund, Chinary Ung, Ellen Fullman, Gino Robair, and Henry Threadgill. He has released two solo albums, and with his band the Tom Baker Quartet released a new album last year, "Look What I Found", which has garnered much attention and critical acclaim. Tom has received many grants and awards for his work, including honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Meet the Composer, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw Productions. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Holland and England.
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 Christopher Shainin.
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.