Talking about extreme techniques for clarinet in experimental music: at the Utah Clarinet Fest 2019

Well, I’ve never quite done anything like I did at the Utah Clarinet Fest.  I talked for an hour about pieces I’ve been working on, and some of the crazy things composers *ask* me to play.  About 40 young clarinetists tried some things out with me, we talked soft multiphonics, the softest of notes, the loudest multiphonics and spectral multiphonics, singing and playing, extended flutter tonguing and slap tonguing, extended durations and _very_ very high clarinetting.  It was super fun.

Later in the day I performed Daniel Goode’s Long Distance and Lucie Vitkova’s FIVE.  On stage at BYU for a bunch of clarinetists, the Vitkova felt like one of the most subversive things I’ve done in awhile… !!!!   Feb 22, 2019, BYU Harris Building of Fine Arts


Performing with Sarah Hennies at Moma PS1 in NYC Feb 3

I really _LOVED_ taking an overnight flight, very tired, and landing in the awesome NYC winter-spring weather to play this show at Moma PS1 with an amazing group of woodwinds Sarah Hennies compiled.  I spent the day alternating between wandering the Bruce Nauman exhibition and playing the loudest, most brash possible spectral multiphonics on the bass clarinet.  It was rad.

Sarah Hennies’ PASSING on Queer Trash : with Ka Baird, Derek Baron, Lea Bertucci, Michael Foster, Rebekah Heller, Joshua Rubin and Katie Porter.

Performing with WILD UP: We The People in SLC, UT Feb 2

It was so nice to have the band WILD UP come through SLC and spend a week working on a ton of music I find really important.  As with all experimental music, there was some failure involved and I loved that.  We played Julius Eastman, Pauline Oliveros, Louis Andriessen, and a bunch of other works, including a beautiful work on forgiveness as the audience sat on the stage with us.  So many of my favorite Utah musicians joined including Devin Maxwell, Indigo Rain Cook, Ashkhan Fakhrtabatabaie, Maya Miro Johnson, Kris Johnson, & Nic Quilter.

Old photos from Brooklyn shows circa 2007?

Found these on the good ol’ internet today.  FAVORITE PEOPLES

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At Galapagos, Brooklyn with Analog Arts, playing maybe Music for Spaceships by Devin Maxwell:  James Moore (guitar), Johnny Chang (violin), Eric KM Clark (violin), Katie Porter (clarinet) and Joe Drew (trumpet).  Next photo: Hira Lesea (drumset), Devin Maxwell (guitar), Katie Porter (clarinet), Kevin Farrell (bass) playing a quartet of Dev’s I don’t remember at Rattelstick Playwright’s Theater, NYC.