Jack Straw / Monktail Composer Spotlight: Stephen Parris

Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum present

Composer Spotlight:
Monktail Creative Music Concern

Wednesday, January 11, 7:30pm – Jack Straw Productions

Saturday, January 21, 8:00pm – Good Shepherd Chapel, Monktail Composers Series Vol. 8

Friday, March 9, 8:00pm – Good Shepherd Chapel, Monktail Composers Series Vol. 9

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. We encourage you to bring an instrument of preference to try out one of these pieces if you are so inclined. These compositions will be recorded in 2012 as part of the Monktail Creative Music Concern’s Jack Straw Artist Residency and presented at the Monktail Composers Series at the Good Shepherd Chapel January 21 and March 9.

Composer / performer Stephen Parris has been an active person on the Seattle music scene since 1993. He has studied composition with Roupen Shakirian, Vincent Plush, Robin Holcomb, Christian Asplund, and Janice Giteck.

Stephen’s work has been performed by various artists including Adrienne Varner, Roger Nelson, Paul Taub, Matt Kocermiroski, Robin Holcomb, Kelly Wyse, Heather Freeland, Erin McNamee, Nicki DiGregorio, Rachel Matzke, Elizabeth Fleenor, Scott Adams, Mark Ostrowski, Paul Rubenstein, Filip Shabolov, Tod Antilla, and many others. His works have been performed and premiered at Poncho Hall at Cornish College, Town Hall Seattle, and the recital hall at Benaroya Hall.

As a performer, Stephen Parris is currently in multiple groups as part of the Monktail Creative Music Concern, is the “Parris” in the Heaney-Parris-Rea guitar threesome, and is also an active performer in Gamelan Pacifica. He used to be in a local rock group named “Furious George”. He has performed pieces by Amy Rubin, Robin Holcomb, Gretta Harley, Paul Rubenstein, Yemin, John Seman, Mark Ostrowski, Bill Patton, Jarrad Powell, Jessika Kenney, Stephen Fandrich, John Seman, and his own work.

Recent recordings where Stephen can be heard include “Lou Harrison: Scenes From Cavafy” on New World Records, and “Arm Me” By Special O.P.S. on Monktail Records. Radically different albums, but both rather enjoyable in their own way.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts.

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