Composer Spotlight

Victor Noriega and Gust Burns: 2 Trios
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

2 Trios is a recording project featuring pianists Victor Noriega and Gust Burns leading two separate ensembles with the same backing rhythm section of bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer/percussionist Greg Campbell. The record, set to be released in March, was produced with assistance from Jack Straw's Artist Support Program.

Neal Meyer: Gradus for Fux, Tesla & Milo the Wrestler
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Neal Meyer has been working through all combinations of all the A’s on the piano.

Bill Anschell: This is NOT Jazz!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:30 pm

The jazz artist delves into electronica on his new album.

John Teske: Fundamentals of My Musical Language
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 7:30 pm

The Seattle composer and Jack Straw resident artist John will speak about his recent "five pieces for double bass."

NF Chase: What Do I Know About Cats and Flowers?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 7:30 pm

NF Chase has made music using music stands, mannequin limbs, walkie-talkies, lying inside a piano, and on a bicycle.

Daniel Barry: Not Afraid of Triads
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Daniel Barry discusses his recent experience as a Fulbright Scholar/Composer-in-Residence in Brazil.

Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Members of the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble will talk about composing and performing new music for a big band.

Jarrad Powell: Nourishment
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Jarrad Powell will discuss his recent work, including the upcoming performance of his composition Gendhing Tala Nourishment.

Steve Peters: Finding Form
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Steve Peters discusses several recent projects - installations in Portugal, Chicago, and Seattle, a new duo CD with Steve Roden.

Dawn Clement: Cabin Fever - A Suite for Seattle
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Composer and pianist Dawn Clement will perform and discuss new works written during the period of restlessness that comes with being indoors on poor weather days.

Wayne Horvitz: A Lumberjack Prayer
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Award-winning Seattle producer, musician, and composer Wayne Horvitz will speak about his new piece Smokestack Arias.

Stephen Parris: Indeterminacy and Performer Interpretation in Contemporary Composition
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Stephen Parris will share his recent works that delve into allowing a higher level of interpretation and freedom by the performer, and aleatoric contraptions for improvising musicians.