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:
Samantha Boshnack and Reptet
How to Commit Agendacide

Wed, March 10th, 7:30pm

For the past six years Samantha Boshnack has been composing heavily for the modern-jazz sextet Reptet.  That band is composed of Boshnack on trumpet, slide trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn; Izaak Mills on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Nelson Bell-trombone, tuba; Chris Credit on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet; Tim Carey on upright bass, electric bass; and John Ewing on drums, percussion.  Reptet regularly tours the U.S. and Canada, performing in a variety of venues, from rock to jazz clubs and  festivals, to concert halls, even school auditoriums.  

Boshnack, a Bard College graduate, will talk about methods she uses in composing for this unorthodox jazz instrumentation.  She will also discuss how the pieces grow and morph, along with the members of Reptet, as the works are rehearsed, toured, and then recorded. She will also talk about the new Reptet 7" vinyl,   'Agendacide,' which features two of her compositions (made possible by a Jack Straw's Artist Support Grant).  Reptet will play the songs featured on 'Agendacide,' and some other new works composed by Boshnack since then.

While becoming a part of the Seattle music scene, composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack has been creating music of her own since 2003. She paints from a broad palette, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, Balkan, and contemporary classical music, in building her music, receiving acclaim from music critics around the world. She has received support from 4Culture, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, and the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Coming Up: Wednesday, April 10th, 7:30pm: Rachel Matthews

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.
Garrett Fisher
Curtis Taylor
Emily Doolittle
Randal Bays
Christopher Roberts
Marcus Oldham & Chenoa Egawa
Michael Nicolella
Donald Craig
Srivani Jade
Christopher DeLaurenti
Munir Beken & Gus Denhard
Susie Kozawa, Esther Sugai, & Serge Gregory
Aono Jikken Ensemble
Lesley Sommer
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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