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Janet Feder w/Jen Gilleran
Rainshadow Recording Studio
Port Townsend, WA
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Janet Feder w/Jen Gilleran

Widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar, Janet Feder has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo album Songs With Words and compilations The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge, 2013), I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010) and 156 Strings (Cuneiform, 2002).  2015 greeted her newest solo album T H I S C L O S E.

Janet currently lectures at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs). Touring and teaching internationally, she has also performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Darwin Grosse, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp among others.

Janet co-curates the international new media festival MediaLive, is an artistic associate of square product theatre, and serves the boards of Creative Music Works and Supporters Of Children (501c3).


Jen Gilleran was born and raised in New York and has lived in Boston, Colorado, Costa Rica and now Seattle. She studied voice, tympani and violin and spent summers in music camp at Sarah Lawrence College with her step-father's string quartet-in-residence. Moving to the lower east side at 18, Jen immersed herself in the downtown avant-garde scene during one of the most thriving periods in NYC history. At the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street, she watched the giants perform: Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Joey Baron, Bill Frisell, Robert Quine, William Parker, Cyro Baptista, etc.. She studied conga and was fortunate enough to be introduced to the jazz world of kit drummer Frank Marino and the Latin-jazz-bata world of Frankie Malabe.

13 years later, she moved to Colorado for the summer that lasted for 9 years. She played percussion for several songwriters, including Clay Rose, Jackson Galaxy, Max Davies, Janet Feder, Eve Halpern, Angie Stevens and in her own project, Recess, with James Han and Jack Leahy. She eventually met Gregory Alan Isakov and it took every drop of what she had learned to get inside his music. With no traditional bass, Jen could experience a unique freedom and her setup took many forms, from large old resonant Ludwigs to cajon and hand percussion in an exploration of texture and melody that drew on all of the subtle and epic music she had experienced. According to Isakov:

"Ive had the honor of playing with Jen Gilleran for over a decade and she is by far the most musical, intuitive and passionate drummer Ive ever heard. She puts her entire being into her playing, whether the kit, a cymbal, a piece of iron or wood, even a broom. There is something holy about watching her play. Ive never seen anything like it."


Rainshadow Recording Studio (View)
Fort Worden State Park, Bldg 315 West
Port Townsend, WA 98368
United States


Music > Ambient
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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