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JACK Quartet participated in the Creative Fellowships Initiative in partnership with School of Music and DXARTS.

Read about the JACK Quartet's Human Subjects Creative Fellowships Initiative project:
ICareIfYouListen: 5 Questions to Juan Pampin and Richard Karpen



Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. The quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.

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The JACK Quartet’s collaborations with UW faculty in DXARTS and Music Composition have lead to highly successful concerts and CD recordings. During its extended residency, the JACK (Austin Wulliman, Chris Otto, John Richards, Jay Campbell) collaborated with composers Juan Pampin and Richard Karpen, along with several neuroscientists and a team of research staff from DXARTS and Music. The project focused on the exploration of brain and nervous system sensing methodologies as extensions to master musicians' performance practice using traditional instruments. Portable EEG and wearable muscle neuron sensors made it possible to consider much more complex integrations of brain and body signals into the domains of artistic performance.

Learn more about the project in the Seattle Times
Read a feature story on JACK from the School of Music
Read about the "Human Subjects" performance in the Encore Spotlight