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Hello, friends of Jack Straw-

Some of you may be relaxing for the summer, but we're hard at work here at Jack Straw: Our engineers and teaching artists have been recording artist projects and working with our annual Blind Youth Audio Project students, resident artist Robert Blatt has been ensconced in the New Media Gallery, hard at work on his installation, and our Jack Straw Writers have been writing and preparing for the slew of readings we've booked for them over the next few months. We've got some great events to share with you over the next few weeks from a wonderful roster of artists, writers, and musicians - as well as our summer Audio Workshops.

This Friday, Robert Blatt's Elements will open at Jack Straw. Come join us Friday evening for the opening reception and a first look at the installation.

We're thrilled every year when we get to present our Jack Straw Writers at Elliott Bay Book Co. Head on down there next Friday for readings from four of our current Writers.

Make sure you RSVP by August 1st for resident artist Etsuko Ichikawa's performance and film event on the 8th, a sneak peek at Echo at Satsop, her Artist Support Program project.

Somehow in fourteen years of the Composer Spotlight Series, we have yet to present the brilliant Amy Denio. On August 14th we remedy that at last; she will share her experiences with the Immersion Composition Society. You won't want to miss this intimate event with one of our city's most accomplished artists.

We also have a couple of great audio workshops this summer: sign up to learn all about digital audio editing with low-cost software and field recording.

Read on for more information on all this below. Thanks for your support; we hope to see you soon!

In This Email

Friday, July 26, 7pm
New Media Gallery opening reception:
Robert Blatt - Elements

Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Friday, August 2, 7pm
Jack Straw Writers
Elliott Bay Book Co.

Thursday, August 8, 6pm
Etsuko Ichikawa: Glass Pyrograph on Beach
The Shilshole Bay Beach Club

Wednesday, August 14, 7:30pm
Composer Spotlight: Amy Denio
Jack Straw Productions

Wednesday, August 21, 6-10pm
Digital Audio Editing Workshop
Jack Straw Productions

Saturday, August 24, 9am-5pm
Field Recording Workshop
Jack Straw Productions
Artist of the Week
Every two weeks we highlight a different artist from our many artist programs via our Artist of the Week Podcast. This week's installment is a recording of JT Stewart reading at our 50th anniversary event in June 2012. Hear this piece and much more by subscribing to the Podcast. Listen at jackstraw.org/artistoftheweek, or subscribe via itunes.
New Media Gallery
An installation by Robert Blatt
July 26 - September 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 7pm 
Artist Talk: Wednesday, August 28, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery 
4261 Roosevelt Way NE 
Seattle, WA 98105
Open Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm 

Elements is a sound installation investigating the role of perception, setting and transformation within epistemology. It is an immersive work featuring an architectural environment constructed using an array of loudspeakers suspended from the ceiling, transducers connected to the surface of a resonant glass object, and a pair of headphones located in the center of the gallery space. Its sonic material consists of sounds based on our natural environment, which are then diffused and transformed through physical filtering and digital sound processing, creating a soundscape emphasizing one's sense of space and internal versus external representations of reality.

Robert Blatt is a composer, sound artist and guitarist. He was born in Anaheim, CA, studied at the University of Washington and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands, and has spent the last two years living and working in Portland, OR; London, UK, and Ghent, Belgium. His music incorporates acoustic and electroacoustic forces, using traditional instruments, loudspeakers and unconventional sound sources. He additionally practices installation and performance art, and draws from such disciplines as anthropology, science and philosophy.

Jack Straw Writers

Jack Straw Writers at Elliott Bay Book Co. 

Friday, August 2, 7pm 

1521 10th Ave., Seattle


Join us at one of Seattle (and the country)'s finest book stores for readings of poetry and prose from 2013 Jack Straw Writers Kate Carroll De Gutes, Emily Perez, Judith Skillman, and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke.


Jack Straw Artist Event
Etsuko Ichikawa: Glass Pyrograph on Beach
Glass performance and party

Thursday August 8th, 6PM - 8:30PM
6413 Seaview Ave NW

RSVP requested by August 1st.
Please Register HERE to RSVP.

Jack Straw Resident Artist Etsuko Ichikawa will be creating a 33-foot long Glass Pyrograph on paper, then will show a new short film, "Echo at Satsop," to the public for the first time. A slide show of the making of the film to follow. Etsuko is working with Jack Straw engineers to produce the sound for this project.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Composer Spotlight Series
Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present

Amy Denio
Composer Spotlight:
Immersion Composition Society 
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30pm
Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE


Composer and improviser Amy Denio will discuss her participation in the international 'Immersion Composition Society.' Small groups of composers set aside a date on which each musician sets out with the objective to compose 20 pieces during the course of that day. Impossible, really, but a nice goal. The emphasis is on generating ideas, rather than perfection. All endeavour to record their work, and at the end of the day, they come together for a listening party - to share the new pieces and the inspirations, creative processes and technical challenges of the day.  


Denio will present a selection of her compositions created and recorded for ICS, and discuss her own compositional processes and inspirations.


Amy Denio is a multi-instrumentalist composer, singer, and producer based in Seattle, WA. She started her record label Spoot Music in 1986, and has recorded & released 44 collaborative or solo CDs. She has received commissions for dance, theater and film, creating projects with artists from North America, Europe, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, India, and Russia. Her work has been presented at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Opera House, Detroit Institute of Art, Venice Biennale, Roman Theater Trieste, and on top of 3 Metro buses in Seattle. She has received numerous fellowships and grants for her creative activities.



The Composer Spotlight 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. See our Composer Spotlight page for more information.


Audio Workshops

Jack Straw Audio Workshops are the perfect opportunity to jump start that recording project you've been thinking about, to refine your digital editing skills, or to get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing.


Discounts for the visually impaired are offered on Basic Field Recording. Co-sponsored by Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences and Jack Straw Productions, with support from the Technology Matching Fund of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology. 


Wednesday, August 21, 6-10pm
Saturday, August 24, 9am-5pm


Email workshops@jackstraw.org to sign up. More information on our Audio Workshops page.

Support Jack Straw

Jack Straw Productions relies on the support of individual contributors to make our programs possible. Please help us continue to support the work of Pacific Northwest artists working with sound and all our art and technology education programs.

Become a Jack Straw Member!
For a $35 annual membership donation, you can receive discounted recording time in our studios, as well as discounted rates on Jack Straw audio workshops. A Jack Straw membership pays for itself in no time!  Donate any amount by clicking the button below, or sending a check directly to us 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195.

Match your donation
If your company participates in an employee matching gifts program, you could double or even triple your gift to Jack Straw! Just ask your HR or personnel department. Questions? Please contact us at (206)634-0919 or jsp@jackstraw.org.

Thank you for your support!
Jack Straw Productions is a nonprofit organization, exempt from taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Jack Straw Productions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Pursuant to RCW 19.09, Jack Straw Productions is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State of Washington. For more information, call the office of the Secretary of State, 1-800-332-4483.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, Humanities Washington, HumanLinks Foundation, Harvest Foundation, School's Out Washington, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, The Seattle Foundation, The D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, and individual contributors for their support of our Programs.
If you have questions about any of our events, please call us at (206) 634-0919. 


Jack Straw Productions(JSP) is the Northwest's only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw Productions' history began in 1962, when a group of artists, educators, and journalists formed the Jack Straw Foundation, which founded KRAB-FM, one of the first community radio stations in the United States. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and our Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts & heritage partnerships; and radio production. Our full-service recording studio is also available to the community for a broad range of projects.


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