May: Gretchen Jude, Sound

May Artist-in-residence Gretchen Jude comes to us from Honolulu although she
was born and raised right here in Idaho. “This is really an extra special residency for me,” says Jude. “Being able to come home as a guest artist.  I am really looking forward to all the possibilities, and finding out what surprises may be in store as well.

Improvisatory interaction with the immediate environment forms the core of Gretchen’s musical practice.  In this residency period, Jude will create a composition based on field recordings that she will make at two primary sites: the Minidoka Historic Site—formerly the Minidoka War Relocation Center, where nearly 10,000 Japanese-Americans were confined during World War II—and Gooding, Idaho, where her father was born and given up for adoption in 1945—exactly the same time period as so many Japanese-Americans were incarcerated less than 70 miles away. This work will be featured in her final performance at Audio Lab on May 26th.

Jude has been heard across the globe, from Helsinki to Seoul, and she has studied a variety of performance practices, including: music improvisation, vocal technique, Japanese musics (nagauta, hauta and jiuta shamisen, voice and koto) and electronic/computer music and sound art.  She holds an M.F.A. in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College.


PUBLIC EVENTS

TWO WORKSHOPS
Composer and performing artist Gretchen Jude will lead participants, regardless of formal musical training, through various listening and movement practices that can open us to our environments. Deep Listening, soundwalks and sound maps will be presented as methods for increasing awareness of the sounds around us and our own listening processes—both as the basis for individual and environmental wellness as well as for broadening notions and practices of music composition. Two workshops are available.

Participants are welcome to come for either morning or afternoon segment, but registration priority will be given to those who intend to participate for the full day in both sessions. Please inform us of any physical limitations or concerns you have when registering, so that Gretchen may plan the morning soundwalk for full inclusivity. Please bring a lunch. Afternoon participants who want to participate in lunch please arrive promptly at noon.
SOUNDING THE TREASURE VALLEY
Saturday, May 13 |  10:00am-12:00pm
Limited to 10
$10 | registration required
scholarships available: info@surelsplace.org
at Surel’s Place | 212 E 33rd, Garden City

The workshop will start with introductory exercises in Deep Listening, which is a set of methods devised by composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) to promote “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.” Following this experiential segment at the residence, Gretchen will lead participants on a soundwalk around the neighborhood and along the Boise River, and a follow-up discussion.

DEEP LISTENING AS MUSIC PRACTIVE
Saturday, May 13 |  1:00pm-3:00 pm
Limited to 10
$10 | registration required
scholarships available: info@surelsplace.org
at Surel’s Place | 212 E 33rd, Garden City

The afternoon segment will begin with further Deep Listening activities, followed by a presentation and discussion of sound maps and the potential of ield recording as a tool for audio composition.  Given current audio technology, even people with minimal skill or hardware can work with the microphones embedded in smartphones and laptops.  How can such recordings enhance our appreciation of our everyday sonic surroundings?

PERFORMANCE AND TALK
LISTENING TO HISTORY: 
exploring the past through soundscape composition
Friday, May 26
Doors 6:30 | Performance 7:00pm | until 8:30pm
$5 Suggested Donation | No Host Bar | Appetizers
at Audio Lab | 3640 Osage Street, Garden City

This evening at Audio Lab is the result of field recordings composer and performing artist Gretchen Jude will make at two primary sites during her residence at Surel’s Place: the Minidoka Historic Site—formerly the Minidoka War Relocation Center, where nearly 10,000 Japanese-Americans were confined during World War II—and Gooding, Idaho, where Jude’s father was born and given up for adoption in 1945—exactly the same time period as so many Japanese-Americans were incarcerated less than 70 miles away. In this work, she aims to make present and concretely audible social conditions and events that may have been shelved as ‘history’.

Sponsored, in part, by Audiolab. Thank you, Steve Fulton!