Artist of the WeekThe Jack Straw Artist of the Week Podcast highlights work created through the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center.
Ellie Belew - Reverb
Ellie Belew is this week’s Artist of the Week. Reverb is from Run Plant Fly, Belew’s 2003 Artist Support Program project, a CD based on her novel of the same name.
Mark Johnson - Leaving
Mark Johnson is this week’s Artist of the Week. Big Metal Boxes – recordings of shipping containers turned into stringed instruments – was recorded as part of the 2005 Artist Support Program, and released by Noise Order Recordings.
Black Cat Orchestra - Gecti Dost Kervani
Black Cat Orchestra is this week’s Artist of the Week. They recorded the album Mysteries Explained, which the song “Geçti Dost Kervani” appears on, during their 1999 Jack Straw artist residency.
August Denhard - Courante, Branles Gay
This week’s artist is August Denhard. “Courante, Branles Gay” is from his album Cusp of the Baroque, recorded as part of the 2002 Artist Support Program. Denhard and oud player Munir Beken will be talking at Jack Straw’s next Composer Spotlight on Wednesday, September 9th.
Emma Zunz - Resting Place
This week’s artist is Emma Zunz, a collaborative project between Annie Lewandowski and Cristin Miller. Their album Bride Laid Bare was recorded as part of the 2005 Artist Support Program, but has not been released.
Charlie Burks - Parts and Labor Extra
This week’s artist is Charlie Burks, whose 2000 Artist Support Program project, Since the Ace, was a combined book and CD of his poems.
Vela Luka - Drmes Iz Zdencine
This week’s artist is Vela Luka. “Drmes Iz Zdencine” is from the album Croatian Dance Ensemble, recorded by Doug Haire and Tom Stiles as part of the 1996 Jack Straw Artist Support Program, and released in 1997.
Paul Taub - Trailblazers
This week’s artist is flutist Paul Taub, with “Trailblazers,” from his album Oo-ee, which was recorded as part of the 1999 Jack Straw Artist Support Program. To commemorate twenty years of musical activity in the Pacific Northwest, Taub commissioned new works from musicians he had met and worked with in the region. “Trailblazers” was composed by Roger Briggs.
Christopher Roberts - Hornbills
The first Artist of the Week is Jack Straw Artist Christopher Roberts, whose album Trios for Deep Voices was recorded at Jack Straw by Doug Haire as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program and released by Cold Blue Records.
Artscape - Wawali Bonane
This Artscapes radio piece was produced at Jack Straw in 2000 as part of a series highlighting the work of Jack Straw’s resident artists. The project Safarini: In Transit featured African immigrant artists living in Seattle. In addition to Wawali Bonane, a soukous musician born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Safarini included Obo Addy, Kofi Anang, Lora Chiorah-Dye, and Frank Ulwenya. The Safarini compact disc was released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 2000.