November 10, 2019 6PM at The Black House, Montreal, Canada. I’ll play a solo 90 minute set of Michael Pisaro’s Within 6 with film from Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, and Soloist and Audience by Jennie Gottschalk, I’ll also premiere a new work by Kim Farris-Manning, and Kim will play new works for piano and voice, all alongside the art of Rachel Gray.
December 6, 2019 7PM UMOCA, SLC, Utah. I’m curating an evening of music at Kelsey Harrison’s Never An Hour For Thought sculpture intermedia at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Red Desert (me and Devin Maxwell) will play Alvin Lucier’s Music for snare drum and pure wave oscillators, Carolyn Chen’s In 1839 it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking, Tim Parkinson’s Snare Drum Solo and AEIOU by Susanna Gartmayer.
Jan 1, 2020 4PM Brooklyn, NY. A new year’s day show on Teodora Stepancic’s 597 Concert Series. Katie Porter plays Michael Pisaro’s Within 6 with film/audio from Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, RED DESERT plays music by Johanna Beyer, Devin Maxwell, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Parkinson and Lucie Vitkova. And then we’ll play Antoine Beuger’s Lieux de passage for clarinet and ensemble, plus other works TBA with Teodora Stepancic, Assaf Gidron and LCollective.
Feb 15, 2020 7PM Los Angeles, CA. CLARINET QUINTETS – Katie Porter with the Koan Quartet play Jurg Frey and Morton Feldman Clarinet Quintets. Venue, TBA
Feb 25-28, 2020 Red Desert residency at Casper College in Casper, WY. We workshop and perform new bass clarinet and percussion works with Ron Coulter and percussion students for a concert Feb 27 at Casper College, Wheeler Concert Hall.
March 2, 2020 Red Desert at Westminster College. As part of our year-long artist residency at the Florence J Gillmor School of Music at Westminster College, we have commissioned several new works for clarinet and percussion duo. This concert includes world premieres by Andre Cormier, Carolyn Chen, Teodora Stepancic, Edgars Rubenis, Will Lang, Devin Maxwell, Katie Porter, Judith Berkson, and James Falzone.
I’M BACK AT THE SUN TUNNELS! I finally have a little bit of a video to share! Check it out: https://youtu.be/EIlJNQBobPk
Oct 5 1-4PM Solo Clarinet at the UMFA Sun Tunnels Meet-Up in Lucin, Utah
This Saturday I’ll be out at Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, jumping from tunnel to tunnel, playing Scelsi, Stockhausen, Jennie Gottschalk and a little John Cage, most likely. And Jennie will be there! The first of many road trips for the two of us, I hope! It’s a UMFA sponsored meet-up at the land artwork day, a good excuse to drive 4 hours into the desert and listen to clarinet works about the sun and the stars and infinity. Come out!!!! https://umfa.utah.edu/node/441
Oct 15 8PM Pop-up Concert with Will Lang, trombone and Red Desert
Art Program, Converse 311, Westminster College
NYC avant-garde trombonist, Will Lang, is bringing a solo set for trombone and electronics, and Red Desert is opening with a new piece by Devin Maxwell for bass clarinet, trombone and electronics! Join us!!! FREE!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1301235686723322/
Oct 20 2PM Katie Porter: a snippet of my experimental clarinet at the Sun Tunnels installation, a 4 channel audio/video and live performance. 12 Minutes Max Series at the Salt Lake Public Library.
I am _finally_ presenting the Sun Tunnels in a concert environment, just 12 minutes of it (because that’s the theme of the series!). This project is still very much in progress. I will be performing alongside the film from my sessions out there last summer, just one movement of Within 6 by Michael Pisaro, during the most beautiful epic sunset as seen through the tunnels. https://events.slcpl.org/event/3124103
Oct 28 7:30PM Red Desert on the Chamber Music Series, Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College
This is a _for real_ experimental music concert, one that NEVER happens in Utah, and I really hope, if you’re local, you’ll put it on your calendar, come bask in the sounds with us, and join us for a beer afterwards. We are starting off our Red Desert Artist Residency at Westminster College in a spectacular fashion, and really, truly, please come!!!
Red Desert- The Edge of Music – experimental music for clarinet, percussion, electronics (and the constellations!)
Karlheinz Stockhausen TIERKREIS Melodies (arranged for clarinet/percussion by Red Desert) 1975-77
Johannes Kreidler Fantasies of Downfall for vibraphone, audio and video playback 2015
Lucie Vitkova Choral no. 13 for clarinet/bass clarinet and vibraphone/percussion – commissioned by Red Desert 2017
Devin Maxwell Dissent 2 for clarinet and percussion – Premiere 2019
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A for solo percussion 1989
James Tenney Monody for solo clarinet 1959
(these works will be performed simultaneously)
John Cage Atlas Eclipticalis Clarinet parts I, II, III 1961
John Cage Lecture on Nothing 1949
John Cage 27’10.554″ for a percussionist 1956
The Westminster College School of Music presents Artists-in-Residence the Red Desert Ensemble, clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell, with electronic and experimental music on the Chamber Music Series on October 28, 2019. The Artist Residency includes a series of workshops aimed at how music technology, music entrepreneurship and creativity can lead to a fantastic career in the arts with presentations by Ableton Live; workshops entitled You live in the now! Being an artist and musician in the 21st century, Failing Upwards: How we learn and grow when we fail, spring 2020 premiere commissions by composers Judith Berkson and Carolyn Chen, a Music Technology Pedagogy Summit featuring Dr. Linda Antas, and the 4th annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic and improvised music.
Striving to create an open, accessible, and inclusive experience in music, Red Desert workshops and symposiums are free and open to all. All Westminster students, faculty, community members and local high school students in the arts and beyond are encouraged to attend, no music experience is required.
THE RED DESERT ENSEMBLE ARTIST RESIDENCY (Fall Semester)
FREE WORKSHOPS! (11AM-1PM Music Tech Lab, 2nd floor Jewett Center of Performing Arts)
Sept 13 You Live In The Now: Being a musician and artist in the 21st century.
Oct 4 Collaboration and Competition: How to get better at what you do and work with others in inspiring ways.
Nov 1 Experimental Music Workshop: Open to all/ no experience required/ art+ music
Nov 22 Failing Upwards: How we learn and grow when we fail.
Dec 13 Practicing Difficult Music and Music Entrepreneurship: When the hard work pays off.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY EVENT!
Sept 25 (6:30PM-8:30PM, Vieve Gore Concert Hall) Free!
Music Technology! Ableton Live presents new techniques and creative strategies centered around Live, Push and Max for Live. Featuring presenter Mat Mateus.
Oct 15, 2019 (8PM, Westminster Art School – Converse 311)
Art School Pop-up concert featuring NYC trombonist Will Lang
Oct 28, 2019 (7:30PM, Vieve Gore Concert Hall) Chamber Music Series Concert:
Red Desert – The Edge of Music – experimental music for clarinet, percussion, electronics (and the constellations!)
Karlheinz Stockhausen TIERKREIS Melodies (arranged for clarinets and percussion by Red Desert) (1975-77)
Johannes Kreidler Fantasies of Downfall for vibraphone, audio and video playback (2015)
Lucie Vítková Choral no. 13 for clarinet/bass clarinet and vibraphone/percussion (Commissioned by Red Desert, 2017)
Devin Maxwell Dissent 2 for clarinet and percussion (Premiere 2019)
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A for solo percussion (1989)
James Tenney Monody for solo clarinet (1959)
(these works will be performed simultaneously)
John Cage Atlas Eclipticalis Clarinet parts I, II, III (1961)
John Cage Lecture on Nothing (1949)
John Cage 27’10.554″ for a percussionist (1956)
//ALL-COMMISSIONS CONCERT March 2, 2020 (Commission Premieres by Carolyn Chen, Devin Maxwell, Judith Berkson, Andre Cormier, Teodora Stepancic)//
//MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PEDAGOGY SUMMIT March 7, 2020 (Presentations and papers by academics working in music technology and electronic music- best practices in teaching in the ever-evolving landscape of music tech) KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Linda Antas (Music Technology and Composition Montana State)//
//BIG RED DESERT CONCERT April 13, 2020 (Red Desert joins forces for big experimental and minimal music by Arthur Russell, Julius Eastman, Steve Reich, Credo in US by John Cage, more!)//
//4th Annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic and improvised music July dates TBA! Westminster College//
RED DESERT Ensemble is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell. We have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for almost 17 years. After a decade in Brooklyn, NY and now a remote cabin in the mountains of Utah, our repertoire consists primarily of living composers, especially ones that strive to challenge and enrich our understanding of what music is and can be. Together we have been part of over 200 new and experimental music premieres, and personally commissioned over 40 new works for chamber ensemble. Katie regularly performs Devin Maxwell’s thirty minute behemoth for solo bass clarinet and electronics, Cloudseeding 4, recently at the Ponta do Sol Residency for instruments and electronics in Madeira, Portugal. Red Desert programs Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion and other works written specifically for us by composers Lucie Vítková, Michael Pisaro and André Cormier, our recent two evening length concerts at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, were called “one of the most imaginative concerts of the year” ,“mezmerizing”, “engrosing” and highlighted as one of the top ten performances of the Utah enlightenment in 2018 by Les Roka of the Utah Review . In addition to our work as Red Desert, we host the yearly Listen/Space Commissions and the VU Symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music in Park City, Utah. www.reddesertensemble.org
As artists-in-residence at Westminster College School of Music during the 2019/20 school year, Red Desert will be presenting three evening-length concerts, ten FREE workshops, an Ableton Live workshop, and a Music Technology Pedagogy Summit, and the VU Symposium utilizing our shared expertise in music entrepreneurship, digital music, experimental music, music technology, electro-acoustic composition, DIY spaces, forming ensembles, commissioning new works, contemporary techniques, and more to highlight how creative music can lead to amazing career paths in the arts and beyond.
More info? Contact Devin Maxwell, Director of Composition and Music Technology firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Porter, Red Desert Ensemble, email@example.com
I can’t say enough about my last 2 weeks at the Ostrava Days festival in the Czech Republic. But here it is: I played 10 Premieres, including Christian Wolff’s new Small Orchestra Piece where I played bass clarinet, another giant performance of Terry Riley’s In C, the premiere of Jeewon Kim’s gorgeous “Who Am I” which had a monster clarinet part with Studio Dan from Vienna, premiering Edgars Rubenis quiet microtonal beauty, several performances with Ostravska Banda, a site-specific work by Theo Finkel to end the 18 hour all night marathon, improv workshops with Thomas Buckner, hearing Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski play, so much great beer, super reunions with musicians Juho Laitinen, Jen Baker, Will Lang, James Ilgenfritz, Lucie Vitkova, JPA Falzone, Zach Layton, Conrad Harris, Chris Nappi, Liisa Hirsch, who else!! so many, hearing Devin Maxwell’s beautiful Cloudseeding 10 (the last in the series) for string quartet have it’s Czech premiere, a Feldman OPERA!, so many new friends and their new, awesome music, too many to list (Kimberley Farris-Manning, Bruno Ferrandis, Amin Sharifi, Judith Berkson, my rad clarinet colleagues that gifted me special Czech liquor), feeling the real strength of community and giving experimental music it’s weight in the world. (oh and having a nap on a boat in Prague under the Charles Bridge)
For the last 4 summers, I’ve spent a few days on Jennie Gottschalk’s stoop in Cambridge, talking to friends and musicians about the work we’re doing in experimental music. It’s always really intense and important and I take our conversations with me through the rest of the year. This time we played a concert that included some beautiful new works by Laura Cetilia, Nomi Epstein, and Ian Power, and a really fun piece for me by Jennie called Audience and Soloist that I played with drawings and noises and motions and feelings from the audience. This is us – and Ian’s babe. xo
And home to my babe(s)
We hosted another terrific VU Symposium for experimental, electronic and improvised music at the Park City Library. It was really special, with over 40 musicians presenting their work over 3 days – here are some pictures.
Afterwards Devin and I (Red Desert) performed a little “gift” concert for everyone as the sun was setting at our cabin – very loud pieces, Phill Niblock Ottavio for amplified gong, Alvin Lucier Snare drum and pure wave oscillator, and very quiet pieces: Michael Pisaro Within 6, Lucie Vitkova FIVE and Daniel Goode Long Distance. Here’s a photo of me playing Lucie’s piece under the moon, snapped by Martha Muehleisen.
Thank you SLUG for this great article on what we’re building with the VU Symposium!
“One definition of ‘symposium’ is simply a party with music and conversation. We like to think of the Vu Symposium in this sense of the word,” says Katie Porter, co-founder of the annual Vu Symposium, an open forum championing musicians who push the boundaries of sound and rhythm. “It’s not a conference and not a festival. It is about a free exchange of ideas between participants who engage in experimental, electronic or improvised music.” The third installment of the symposium, called Vu 3, takes place in Park City from July 10–12.