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Bassist Reid Anderson (Photo: Axel Stalljohann)
 Internationally renowned jazz musicians Bill Frisell, guitar, Reid Anderson (BadPlus), bass, and Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone, join with UW Jazz Studies students and faculty June 2-4 at the UW Meany Studio Theater for IMPFest VIII, co-presented by UW Music and the student-run Improvised Music Project.   Over the past eight years the student-led Improvised Music Project has instigated new directions in Seattle’s jazz and improvised music scene. The annual festival, pairing seasoned guest... Read more
Charles Corey, director of the Harry Partch ensemble at the UW School of Music.
Music-making devices invented and built by maverick American composer Harry Partch (1901-1974), constructed from wood, bamboo, glass, found objects and altered string and keyboard instruments, are in residence at the School of Music. Read more in this article by Michael Upchurch in the April 20 issue of the Seattle TImes.  
Shakespeare Composite
Colloquium and Concert Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death Four centuries after the death of William Shakespeare, the Bard continues to influence scholarship and culture in profound ways, as music history professor JoAnn Taricani has discovered while exploring the significant role of music in the plays of Shakespeare and the ways we use music to remember Shakespeare and his characters.  “As scholars have shown, well-known songs, instrumental tunes, and... Read more
Giselle Wyers
Spring Break projects for School of Music professor Giselle Wyers included a residency in Draper, Utah, with Corner Canyon High School, which commissioned a new work by the choral music specialist and explored new techniques for expression through her direction employing Laban movement principals. Read more.
Vocal Scope
Professional singers study repertoire, diction, phrasing and dynamics, but how many also study ways to ensure the long-term health and vitality of their voices? At the University of Washington, Kari Ragan of the UW School of Music Voice faculty, a certified singing voice specialist, has been engaged in collaborative research in vocal health with faculty members and clinicians from the University’s School of Music, Otolaryngology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences departments.    They, along with... Read more