huge amount of music + friends lately. NYC, SF, Baltimore, DC. Pictured: Devin Maxwell, Jordan Dykstra, Laura Cetilia, Liz Prince, Ben Richter, Alvin Lucier, Beth Schenck, Matt Wrobel, Steve Horowitz, Mayank Sanganeria, Lucie Vítková, Teerapat Parnmongkol, James Ilgenfritz, Daniel Goode, Peter Gordon, Eileen Mack, Teodora Stepancic, Assaf Gidron, Zach Layton, Henry Frazier, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Daniel Neumann, Travis Just + me, not pictured: a ton of other wonderful friends
A host of shows coming up with these lovelies:
April 29 The Woods, Ridgewood, Queens
Quartet or Two Duos (James Ilgenfritz, Teerapat Parnmongkol, Katie Porter, Lucie Vítková) with Nepenthae : Zach Layton, Henry Fraser and Carola Zaleschi
April 30 Daniel Goode’s Loft, Spring Street, NYC. premiere of The Bridges of Pittsburgh a clarinet duet for Katie Porter with Eileen Mack, and solo clarinet works
May 1 Lace Mill, Kingston NY. Quartet or Two Duos (Ilgenfritz, Parnmongkol, Porter, Vítková) + Jeffrey Leppendorf, shakuhachi
May 3 Freddies, Brooklyn, NY. Quartet or Two Duos (Ilgenfritz, Parnmongkol, Porter, Vítková)
May 4-7 Red Desert Residency at San Francisco State University
May 12 Roulette Interpretations Series : Juho Laitinen / Tom Hamilton https://roulette.org/event/interpretations-juho-laitinen-tom-hamilton/
May 19-20 Alvin Lucier Festival in Baltimore. I’ll play Alvin Lucier’s Septet and Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Tuba with Laura Cetilia and Liz Prince
Red Desert residency at Cornell University, Feb 2022. Feedback – feedback -feedback. We played new music by Maria Bulla, Miles Friday, Laura Cetilia, Han Xu, Josh Biggs and John Eagle. And I performed a little solo set of Giacinto Scelsi & Johanna Beyer. It was so great. Thanks Laura Cetilia and the Cornell composition department for inviting us!!!
It took Lucio and I over a year to write and record these pieces for bass clarinets and Eb contrabass clarinet. We worked slowly over the internet, became good friends, found our favorite sounds, talked about our lives and the instability of this time in this pandemic, and said, “see you next week”. On and on. Until we were finished. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever made. So excited to share, soon, on the amazing label Ftarri in Japan. And the artwork! Whales! Yes, whales
Phase to Phase : Lucio Capece / Katie Porter
Ftarri-969 Ftarri Records, April 2022
It’s Not A Loop, It’s A Spiral: Fragments of Letters I Wrote This Year
I wrote about a lot of things, about collaborations with Lucio Capece and Christine Tavolacci and how music is about people for me, working together, being together. But also, I wrote about the days and days going by, impermanence, isolation and all the little things. Thank you Nate Wooley and Jennie Gottschalk for asking me to contribute to SA27 and thank you to Juho Laitinen for the inspiration to write this year and for always writing me back so beautifully.
Here are some of the shows and projects I have coming up, updated and unfolding slowly on my SHOWS page. I would love to see you!
Oct 23, 2021 Avant GaRAWge, Provo, Utah. 8PM Katie Porter solo bass clarinet and electronics: Michelle Lou, Phill Niblock, John Lely, improvisations on Alice Coltrane. With Larsplund.
Oct 28, 2021 Interstitials Newtown Creek, Queens, NYC. 10:30AM Katie Porter, John Hastings, Aaron Meicht – a short performance activating our urban environment / infrastructure. https://www.johnphastings.org/interstitials
Oct 29, 2021 Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. Piano+ Winds Concert #29 St. Paul’s Church. New works for piano and winds by Teodora Stepancic, Laura Cetilia and Assaf Gidron. Katie Porter, Lester St. Louis, Erin Rogers, Assaf Gidron, Douglas Farrand, Weston Olencki
Nov 14, 2021 NOVA Chamber Music Series, Songs of Life, Libby Gardner Hall, SLC, UT 3PM Alfred Schnittke, Serenade for 5 Instruments and Devin Maxwell’s Get Along Little Dogies
Nov 19-20, 2021 High Desert Soundings Festival. Joshua Tree, California. Malosma, Katie Porter and Christine Tavolacci duo.
Dec 6, 2021 Pamela Z’s Twenty Answers with the Westminster Chamber Players at Westminster College, SLC
Dec 15, 2021 QUBIT at Trans-Pecos in NYC https://qubitmusic.com/. Quartet: Katie Porter, James Ilgenfritz, Lucie Vitkova, Teerapat Parnmongkol
Jan 6, 2022 Flexible Orchestra in NYC. Katie Porter premieres Daniel Goode’s Bridges of Pittsburgh duet -POSTPONED-
Jan 31, 2022 Abravanel Series, SLC, UT. Manuela Meier ‘iterate no trace‘ bass clarinet solo -POSTPONED-
Feb 10-14, 2022 Red Desert Ensemble residency at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players
April 3, 2022 Westminster College School of Music. SLC, UT 3-6PM. Red Desert plays Nina C. Young and Michelle Lou/ FILM SCREENING: Sisters with Transistors / Eliane Radigue Tryptich
April 4, 2022 Abravanel Series Concert, SLC, Ut
April 10, 2022 NOVA Chamber Music Series, Songs of the Americas, Libby Gardner Hall, SLC, UT 3PM
April 2022 West Coast Tour dates TBD with James Ilgenfritz
May 3-6, 2022 Red Desert Ensemble residency at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
May 2022 EU Tour dates TBD with Phase to Phase/ Lucio Capece
Aug 3-5 I’ll be in Los Angeles recording the duo Malosma with flutist Christine Tavolacci at Automata.
Then spend the bulk of August 2021 playing principle clarinet for new orchestra premieres at the Ostrava Days Festival in the Czech Republic.
The first week of September I travel to Berlin, Germany to work with Lucio Capece and play a couple shows.
Sept 3@ KM28 in Berlin: I share a night at KM28 with bassist James Ilgenfritz. Clarinet solos + electronics. Bassist James Ilgenfritz and bass clarinetist Katie Porter present solo works by Teodora Stepancic, Devin Maxwell, Lucie Vítková, and Gergely Szabó, and perform with Viola Yip, Nicola Hein, Chris Heenan, Magda Mayas, and Axel Dörner.
Sept 5 @ St. Petersburg Art Space Berlin. Lucio Capece and I will premiere Phase to Phase I and Phase to Phase II, our bass clarinet duos recorded slowly all year over zoom.
And HUGE NEWS:. The Japanese label FTARRI will release our recordings in December 2021. Here is the cover art!
Finally, I was asked to contribute to SOUND AMERICAN Issue 27: The Life Issue. I wrote a huge article taken from letters to my friend Juho Laitinen during the pandemic, about life, kids, loss and music. This will be released in the fall.
more things in the works! Xo
TEMPO The Quarterly Review of New Music Vol. 75 No.297 Review by Roger Heaton
This issue of TEMPO, July 2021, spends a -good- two pages on our Red Desert album, who we are, and what this music might be about. I’m so pleased. Thank you Roger Heaton and Heather Roche.#andrecormier @thedevinmaxwell @lucie__vitkova @mpisaroliu #reddesertensemble @infrequent_seams
“One begins to see that the Wandelweiser aesthetic (wide-ranging as it is), with it’s Cagean/Wolffian roots, the importance of silence, space and sounds in space, seems, on the evidence of this disc and the pair’s extraordinarily devoted work in the performance and promotion of experimental music, to be particularly important to Red Desert, not least in the way they have presented new work in small-scale, informal and unusual spaces.”
“It is a striking and dramatic piece [Andre Cormier], played with great control and intensity by both players, which would benefit greatly from the drama of live performance.”
This is not superficial ambient music: [Lucie Vitkova] these are carefully heard sounds that are really well controlled, particularly in the clarinet playing.”
April 30, 2021 6PM Bass Clarinet + electronics + electronics, Pop-Up concert, Art opening Dimitri Kozyrev and Joshua Graham at UMOCA with poet Alex Caldiero https://www.eventbrite.com/e/umoca-exhibition-openings-tickets-150972945143
So happy to hear the results of this collaboration with composer Teodora Stepančić. We worked remotely while I was in Utah, and Teodora in NYC, late summer nights recording multiphonics and long, long ostinatos. It’s a beautiful THIRTY TWO minute piece with shapes and colors that I just love. For me! All of the pieces are so beautiful. Please consider listening.
for & with friends: Lucie, Erin, Katie, Rachel
pieces about sharing, learning & being together
dedicated to Anji, my sister
composed in 2018 & 2020
released April 25, 2021
Composed by Teodora Stepančić
Performed by Katie Porter, Erin Rogers, Rachel Mangold, Lucie Vítková, Teodora
Recorded by Assaf Gidron at St.Paul’s Episcopal church, Brooklyn
Produced by Douglas Farrand & Teodora
Edited, mixed, mastered by Assaf Gidron & Teodora at Big Family Audio Co.
Photo by Gordana Reljin Stepančić
Supported by NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre
by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
in association with NYFA