Katie Porter plays clarinet, bass clarinet, sings, writes songs and curates performances. She exists mainly in the experimental realm, but can sometimes be found elsewhere.
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KATIE PORTER is a clarinetist and curator specializing in experimental music. Passionate about creating musical communities, she co-founded the venue Listen/Space (Brooklyn) and curates the Listen/Space Commissions, responsible for 46 new works for mixed chamber group. She also co-directs the biennial VU Symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music (Park City, Utah) and is working on a giant multi-year project of experimental works for solo clarinet at Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, a land artwork in remote northern Utah. She has performed solos or chamber music at Roulette (BK), Issue Project Room (BK), The Kitchen (NYC), The Stone (NYC), C4NM (San Francisco), Willow Place Auditorium (BK), Monkeytown (BK), the Indexical Series (Santa Cruz), Dogstar (LA), Experimental Intermedia (NYC), Fridman Gallery (NYC), American Mavericks Festival (NYC), Green Umbrella Series (LA), SOUND at the Schindler House (LA), Human Resources (LA), BLIM (Vancouver), NOVA (SLC), UMOCA, UMFA, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Lincoln Center (NYC), The Ontologic-Hysteric Theater (NYC), the Liquid Music Series (St. Paul), Centre Acanthes (France), Scelciana (Italy), Moma PS1 (NYC), Ostrava Days (Czech Rep), KM28 (Berlin), St Petersburg Art Space (Berlin), Cornell University, Columbia University, Duke University, Kenyon College, the University of Utah, with ensembles such as Wild Up! (LA), Koan Quartet (LA), Southland Ensemble (LA), Studio Dan (Vienna), Daniel Goode’s Flexible Orchestra (NYC), LOLO (Love of Life Orchestra) (NYC) and premiered works by John Luther Adams, Jason Ajemian, Carolyn Chen, Laura Cetilia, André Cormier, Nomi Epstein, Jürg Frey, Jennie Gottschalk, Anne Guthrie, Brian Harnetty, John Hastings, Sarah Hennies, Yvette Janine Jackson, Dan Joseph, Travis Just, Mike Kelley, Michael Pisaro, Larry Polansky, Stephanie Richards, Morris Rosenzweig, Arthur Russell, Craig Shepard, Teodora Stepančić, Colin Tucker, James Tenney, Maayan Tsadka, and Christian Wolff, among many others. Her duo, Red Desert Ensemble, with composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell called “a finely poised musical partnership”- THE WIRE, “not superficial ambient music”- TEMPO and a “particularly fascinating soundscape”- NIEUWE NOTEN, can be heard on Phill Niblock’s XI label (NY), Edition Wandelweiser Records, The Essential Indexical, Infrequent Seams (NY) and were 2019/2020 Artists-in-Residence at Westminster College. Current collaborations include A Quartet or Two Duos with James Ilgenfritz, Teerapat Parnmongkol and Lucie Vítková in NYC, the duo Malosma with flutist Christine Tavolacci in LA and Phase to Phase with bass clarinetist Lucio Capece (Berlin) which was released in July 2022 on the Japanese label FTARRI. www.fromkp.com
VU Symposium www.vusymposium.org
Red Desert www.reddesertensemble.org