Surel's Place

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NYC-based musician Chuck Palmer has a talent for taking a step back to just listen to what’s going on around him. From the beats of street noise to the hum of the natural world, he works with "found sound" in his music. The musician was recently profiled by Boise State Public Radio News. Palmer is teaching a listening workshop at Surel’s Place in Garden City, where he has been an artist-in-residence.

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In today’s frenetic world, sometimes it’s hard to step back and just listen to what’s going on around you. From the beats of street noise to the hum of the natural world, it takes a certain kind of ear to hear music in everyday sounds.

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Surel’s Place is an artist-in-residency program on the banks of the Boise River in Garden City. The organization applied for their first NEA grant in 2017, knowing the likelihood of getting one in the first application was quite low.

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There’s a house in Garden City with strange noises happening inside.

Experimental electronic artist Gretchen Jude is playing around with all kinds of instruments, including the sound from a cracklebox. Jude is the artist-in-residence at Surel’s Place this month. She’s from Idaho, but has spent time in Japan and now lives in Hawaii – places that all come up in her newest piece which Jude will debut Friday night.

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Garden City hasn’t always been known for its artistic residents. But over the last 10 years, a growing number of creative types have set up shop there.

Surel’s Place is the focal point of the city's Live-Work-Create District. The multipurpose space, which hosts an artist in residency program, is named after Surel Mitchell. The painter lived in the house until her death in 2011.

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Dave Eggar is one of those rare musicians who is equally at home in a large classical concert hall, on stage accompanying top 40 pop artists, and at a jam session with tribal musicians in the Philippines. He’s played at Carnegie Hall and has made pop music with artists like Coldplay, Beyonce and the late Amy Winehouse. 

The New York City-based musician has made it to the top of his field by stretching the boundaries of what it means to be a classically-trained cellist. 

 

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In the dance world, tap is a quintessentially American form. And for dancer Andrew Nemr, it’s also a great way to tell stories.

The tap dancer recently traveled from New York to Garden City for a month-long stay at Surel’s Place. The residency is open to all kinds of artists, but Nemr is the first tap dancer to get a respite at the space.

After an interview this week at KBSX studios, the tap dancer gave Boise State Public Radio staff a short performance.