I am thrilled to report that I have been awarded a 2010 Artist Assistance Program Grant from Jack Straw Productions! Jack Straw is a non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center that provides a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. They host annual residencies for artist, are the home of KEXP’s Sonarchy Radio (on which the Jason Parker Quartet will appear in the next couple months) and have been awarding grants to local artists since 1994. Artists of every genre and style have been represented, including writers, choreographers, multidisciplinary artists, theatre sound designers, radio producers, film makers, visual artists, and musicians and composers of all types. Every year, up to eight artists are awarded twenty hours of studio recording and production time with a Jack Straw engineer. An additional eight to ten artists receive matching awards for studio time as part of our Artist Assistance Program.
I have been awarded 40 hours of matching studio time to help me record my Nick Drake project. I have long wanted to do a jazz remake of Drake’s album “Five Leaves Left”, and now, through the help of Jack Straw, I’m closer than ever to making this dream a reality!
I’m so honored to be deemed worthy of support by this great organization. It’s an amazing feeling to know that a panel of my peers appreciate what I’m trying to do. After last year’s grant from 4 Culture and now this, I’m feeling pretty good about the direction I’ve chosen and the music I’m making.
I will keep you posted on the progress of the project, which Just got a big ol’ shot in the arm!
We’ve already recorded one Drake tune, which appeared on our must recent album, “No More, No Less”. Here it is for your listening pleasure: