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.
|Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum present
JASON STACZEK and ELA LAMBLIN
Compositions for Heavy Metal DëVices
Wed, December 11,
Composer Jason Staczek and Instrument Inventor Ela Lamblin share their collaborative process and the resulting compositions created for unique instrumentation. The pair will discuss the joy and challenges of creating new music for a menagerie of one-of-a-kind instruments. Over a span of twenty years, Ela has produced a collection of (often) large musical devices designed to delight the ear and eye. You'll meet the Rumitone, the Metalphor, the Longwave, the Violcano, the Pollenphone, the Stamenphone and the Shrimp Platter, among others. Ela and Jason will speak about their earliest collaboration on a film score for Guy Maddin's Keyhole and how that experience led to further explorations for live performance. They will share details of their most recent effort, the creation of "Heavy Metal DëVices", a 90-minute work for invented instruments played by eight musicians and dancers. The piece will debut at the Moore Theater on December 14, 2013.
Jason Staczek began to write music for film in 2003, drawn to the unique intersection of music, emotion and technology that is film scoring. He hired on as staff composer for The Film Company, a Seattle film production house, and there began working with Canadian director Guy Maddin. His first film with Guy, Brand Upon The Brain!, was invited to film festivals around the world and he conducted live performances in Toronto, Berlin, Buenos Aires, New York, Mexico City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. From a studio on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound he continues to record and produce records, write songs and score films.
Ela Lamblin founded Lelavision Physical Music in 1996 with long-time collaborator & choreographer Leah Mann. The company combines modern and aerial dance, music, theater, and Ela's large interactive art pieces to create original performance works. Lelavision has toured 7 countries, performing at theaters, festivals, cirques, hospitals and more. Ela's artistic horizons continue to expand and now include design and fabrication of public art, architectural design and planning, numerous recordings, short films and scores.