Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Art to Art
Music by Srivani Jade
Paintings by Annette Solyst

December 5, 2013 - January 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5
Also open during evening events at Jack Straw

Indian raga music has long inspired visual artists. The famous series of 'Ragamala' (garland of ragas) paintings from medieval India (16/17th century) are a classic example. Today, Srivani Jade, a Seattle area based North Indian classical singer/composer, turns this idea on its head and creates a series of raga compositions based on the modern miniature paintings of Annette Solyst. Jade and Solyst met in Seattle a decade ago, and fell in love with each other's artistic expression. The Peacock series that Annette has worked on over the last decade (gouache on paper, silver and gold metallic pens) has inspired a suite of five classical compositions (original poetry and melody) in various ragas and talas (rhythm cycles). We are proud to present this installation of the paintings and accompanying music in the Jack Straw New Media Gallery.

Srivani Jade was introduced to music at the age of four by her father Bhavani Prasad Jade and uncle Raghavendra Tilwalli. She has performed regularly on stage, radio and television in India from the age of five. Srivani has been the recipient of a Fellowship Award from Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC), two WSAC Folk Arts Master-Apprentice grants, and an Artist Support Program residency from Jack Straw Productions (2009). She is a passionate teacher, and continues to offer workshops in schools, colleges and universities, on the subject of performance, composition and improvisation in Indian music, in addition to master lessons. She has been Visiting Artist with the UW Music School's Ethnomusicology program (Winter quarter, 2013) and Artist in Residence at University of Washington Bothell's Interdisciplinary Arts program (2009). She has served on the board of Kirkland Performance Center (2010-12), a vibrant international art house, and helped curate the Namaste Kirkland annual performance series.

This project is supported by a 2012 Individual Artist Project award from 4Culture.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.



Recent exhibitions

Lições dos Antepassados (Lessons from the Ancestors) (September 20 - November 22, 2013) by Steve Peters

Elements (July 26 - August 28, 2013) by Robert Blatt

I Love You, But You're Too Loud! (May 31 - July 12, 2013) by meadow starts with p

Lost Long: a landscape (March 22 - May 22, 2013) by Ruth Marie Tomlinson

Signal to Noise: Imagined Frequencies of Radiophonic Space (January 25 - March 8, 2013) by Amber Cortes

Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack (June 22 - August 24, 2012) by Ellen Sollod and Johanna Melamed

CARTASONIC (April 6 - June 8, 2012) by Perri Lynch, Lara Swimmer, and Robert Zimmer

Blue.Hour (February 10 - March 30, 2012) by Yann Novak

The Network Is a Blind Space (December 9, 2011 - February 3, 2012) by Stelios Manousakis

Mother May I: Work in Progress Phase I (November 4 - 11, 2011) by Beth Fleenor

Voices & Images from Bulgaria (September 23 - October 28, 2011) by Martin Koenig

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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