UPCOMING WINTER 2019/20 SHOWS + RESIDENCIES

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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.

Big October

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​

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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
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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/​
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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
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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!)
PROGRAM
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
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(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
https://www.facebook.com/events/374340790140396/​
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Ostrava Days 2019

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)

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ELMS 2019

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

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And home to my babe(s)

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Upcoming Summer 2019 Shows & Projects

June 9, 2019 8PM, Wild Beast, CalArts, Valencia, CA.  FREE! Our Listen/Space Commissions book release concert on the Dogstar Orchestra 15 Festival.  Over the past five summers, we’ve commissioned over 35 new works for experimental chamber ensemble and brought players and composers to our remote Utah cabin to rehearse and record.  This last year Andre Cormier and I compiled the scores into 3 volumes.  I’m thrilled to perform at Dog Star again and celebrate this whole project!  We’ll premiere a new work for bass clarinet, bass and piano by Quentin Tolimieri and play 8 other works we’ve commissioned!

July 10-12, 2019 VU Symposium for experimental, electronic & improvised music at the Park City Library, Park City, Utah, all day, FREE!  This is the 3rd (almost) annual symposium I’ve organized, and there will be over 40 participants presenting papers, ideas, playing concerts and sharing work from all over the country!  I will be playing some clarinet at the after-party July 12, but otherwise, I’ll be running around organizing the whole thing!  It’s free and open to the public and epic, please come if you’re in Utah!

Aug 1, 2019 ELMS (Experimental Listening & Music Sessions) in Boston, MA.  I’ll be playing solos and collaborations with composers Ian Power, Colin Tucker, Laura Cetilia, Jennie Gottschalk, Adam Tinkle, and Nomi Epstein.

Aug 22-31, 2019 Ostrava Days, Ostrava, Czech Republic.  I’m soooo excited to play clarinet & bass clarinet in the orchestras at Ostrava Days this year.  I’ll be premiering at least 10 new works including a Christian Wolff premiere with the Ostrava Banda on Aug 26.

 

Red Desert’s “performance grounded (Terry Riley IN C) sprawling soundscape with a cavalcade of acoustic touches” “mezmerizing”

A totally wonderful review of our Red Desert & Radical Quiet Concert at the UMFA in the Utah Review!

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Red Desert at UMFA, Katie Porter, Devin Maxwell, Jacob Rosenzweig, April 2019

The Red Desert ensemble, the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell, organized one of the most interesting public jam session concerts to happen recently in Salt Lake City. Joining forces with numerous local musicians, Westminster College…

https://www.theutahreview.com/red-desert-ensembles-spring-concert-a-mesmerizing-jam-session/