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Composer Spotlight

A co-presentation by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum

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WALLY SHOUP

Artist lecture and performance
featuring Gust Burns and Bob Rees


Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm

Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present Composer Spotlight with saxophonist Wally Shoup, a life-long practioner of free form music. He will present an evening of duos/trios with Gust Burns (piano) and Bob Rees (drums/vibes), celebrating the release of recent CDs with these two musicians. Additionally, he'll discuss his methodologies and philosophies regarding the art of free improvisation. The Composer Spotlight program will take place at Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.

Wally Shoup grew up in the South (Charlotte, N.C) in the 1950's and was heavily influenced by blues, R&B, soul, and 60s free jazz. After moving to Colorado in 1970, and hearing the groundbreaking recording Music Improvisation Company, he simultaneously discovered free improvisation and his calling as a musician. After a period of intense study and obsessive listening, he became active in 1975 as an organizer, D.J., and player of free music—merging free jazz, free improvisation and noise into a highly personal and idiosyncratic style.

Shoup moved to Seattle in 1985 and became a central figure in the improvisational world. He performed with the New Art Orchestra, Catabatics and took part in the 1st Seattle Improvised Music Festival. Since that time, he has helped guide that festival to its present-day status as the longest running improvisation festival in America.

Shoup's fiery, adaptable sound has led to collaborations with numerous notable musicians, including Thurston Moore (Hurricane Floyd and Live at Tonic) and Nels Cline (Immolation/Immersion). He has four CD’s on the London-based Leo Records and a forthcoming CD  - The Levitation Shuffle (w/Gust Burns, Reuben Radding, Greg Campbell) on the Portugal-based Clean Feed label.

Additionally, Wally is a painter of repute in the "Outsider Art" circles and is represented in Seattle by the Garde-Rail Gallery (http://www.garde-rail.com/artist/wally.html). His textural, expressive art merges the sophisticated with the primitive in much the same way as his music, and his art graces a number of his record releases.

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

2006

Douglas Kahn
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Alan Lechusza
Patrick Stoyanovich
Gabriela Frank
Wayne Horvitz
Arun Chandra
Donald Stewart
Kotoka Susuki 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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