SHOWS in weird places: whatever year we’re in and onto 2022

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, Newtown Creek, Queens, NYC. 10:30AM Katie Porter, John Hastings, Aaron Meicht – a short performance activating our urban environment / infrastructure. http://www.newtowncreekalliance.org/plank-road

Oct 29, 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, 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, High Desert Soundings, Joshua Tree, CaliforniaMalosma, Katie Porter and Christine Tavolacci duo.

DEC 2021 Phase to Phase: Katie Porter and Lucio Capece bass clarinet duo RECORD RELEASE on Japan’s FTARRI RECORDS

Dec 16-19 Infrequent Seams Streamfest, online. Red Desert curates an evening

Jan 21, 2022 Abravanel Series, SLC, UT. Manuela Meier ‘iterate no trace‘ bass clarinet solo

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

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

A few pictures/clips from my pop-up solo concert at UMOCA. Bass clarinet + electronics + electronics

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

Katie Porter @ UMOCA

Sharing MALOSMA : collaborative work with Christine Tavolacci (in celebration of our birthdays) April 16, 2021 7:30PM PST

Malosma is a 35-minute-long work for bass flute, bass clarinet and video co-created by Katie Porter & Christine Tavolacci. Malosma uses both structured divinatory practices and improvisation to facilitate a meditation on the natural closing and creation of chapters, time and place. We want to share this work with all of you on the occasion of our birthdays (April 12 & 14), in celebration of life and the new growth that this season brings. 

Over the last 6 months, Christine and I have been meeting over zoom and creating a duo. It grew to include very slow moving video footage from Christine’s time hiking in the Los Angeles forest, and slow moving notes. We share a birthday week and want to share this work with you! We’ll be playing live with the video for about a half hour, then feel free to celebrate/chat with us over on zoom. XO!

Premiering Teodora Stepancic’s “Clarinet sounds all over the place” livestreamed at Mise-En_Place Brooklyn

Yesterday we performed Teodora’s duet for clarinet and casios. I was livestreamed in to Mise-En_Place in Brooklyn, my sounds broadcast over the speakers inside the space, along with other clarinet recordings, some from my speakers too, and Teodora performed her part in the space. It took several rehearsals for Teodora and I to coordinate how to work over zoom at the same time as performing with a delayed livestream. But we did it. A cacophony of clarinets and casios, but the actual sound was just a gorgeous bathtub of us. Also I get to sing and play. I love that. All three works on the concert were so beautiful, a duo with Erin Rogers on sax and Rachel Mangold on bass. So happy to be a part of this project, the recording comes out on Love Records in the spring and it’s all supported by a NYFA grant for women. HERE IS THE SHOW- It starts at about 15 minutes in, my piece is first. xo

Acoustic+ | Teodora Stepančić | mise-en place

Date: October 29, 2020Time: 2:30 pm

Duets with Erin Rogers, Rachel Mangold and Katie Porter.

THURSDAY, October 29, 2020 // 2:30 PM EST

YouTube Live (place.mise-en.org/#live)
Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/miseen)

More information HERE.

Videos + New Release on Love Records

92752783_10160020071585620_5286077488278011904_oNew release on Love Records: on the first day of 2020 we played a new year’s concert at Teodora Stepančić and Assaf Gidron’s home in Brooklyn, NY. This is a selection of solo pieces for clarinet and snare drum recorded that day, part of a larger program. Works by Lucie Vítková, Johanna Beyer, Pauline Oliveros, Susanna Gartmayer and Tim Parkinson.

VIDEO- Red Desert Artist Residency LIVESTREAM CONCERT 4/13/20

VIDEO- Red Desert on EXPERIMENTAL SOUND STUDIO 4/19/20

VIDEO- Jurg Frey Quintet 1.  KOAN Quartet & Katie Porter live at Human Resources, LA 2/15/2020

VIDEO- Morton Feldman Clarinet and String Quartet.  KOAN Quartet & Katie Porter live at Human Resources, LA 2/15/2020

 

Red Desert livestream- final concert of our artist residency April 13 7:30pm

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Photo by Ryan Seward. Red Desert at Glitter City, Denver, CO, Feb 2020

We didn’t expect our residency to end this way, but I don’t think anyone anticipated this moment where the whole world has seemingly stopped, and we all wait together (but not together) for a more hopeful future.  It’s a strange and scary time and we are mostly enjoying holding our kids tight and slowing down time, today is guacamole, tomorrow some more legos.   Things like that. 

But also, in a week, we will play a LIVE show, from our living room.  I’ve thought a lot about what works I want to present- thoughtful, quiet, patient works, maybe even playful.  I’ve been spending time with Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit scores (- burn this book after you read it-) and will be realizing a work or two here in isolation- Imagine a thousand suns… make a tunafish sandwich- and another – Listen to a heart beat- . These works are really speaking to me right now, because they are basically how we are spending our days.  I’ll also play a bass clarinet solo by Michelle Lou called Telegrams, another piece I feel is perfect for this moment, I tap out morse code with my foot on a rattling tin can in the bell of my bass clarinet, and play these beautiful soft soft soft multiphonics, in a near-dark room, just a small colorful light to accompany me.   And I’ll play Scelsi’s MAKNONGAN for any bass instrument, a slow drone on a few low notes (with some screaming)- when I learned the piece in Italy with trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini, he told us to play like we were tearing down the walls of Jehrico, so that’s what I’ll do, also appropriate for this time.  Devin will play a work we love, Alvin Lucier’s Music for Snare Drum, Pure Wave Oscillator, and One or More Reflective Surfaces . He’ll also play Pauline Oliveros’ Single Stroke Roll Meditation, which is just what it says it is, a meditation on a roll, just rolling on different surfaces and objects around our house.

Then we plan to play a brand new piece that Devin is writing, Bonneville Park 4, hopefully not taxing our crappy internet too badly to get Eric KM Clark and Christine Tavolacci beamed in from Los Angeles to play a quartet together.  Fingers crossed.

Finally, we will re-visit Michael Pisaro’s Averer Local a 43 minute work in five movements for clarinet & percussion, with beautiful soft electronics and white noise.  Pisaro hid this piece for us in a bottle of scotch, a wedding present, and the second duo ever written for us, back in 2002.  We’ve only performed this piece once before, in late 2009 in Listen/Space Brooklyn, it was lovely then and somehow even more lovely now, it’s aged well.  🙂

All of this to say: Please come hang out with us virtually, in our living room, we’ll be playing a very quiet concert for you.

RED DESERT (Katie Porter, clarinets and Devin Maxwell, percussion/composer)  Artists-in-Residence at the Florence J Gillmor School of Music, Westminster College play Yoko Ono, Giacinto Scelsi, Michelle Lou, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Devin Maxwell and Michael Pisaro with guests Eric KM Clark, violin and Christine Tavolacci, flute.

April 13, 2020 7:30PM (mountain standard time) – livestream link below!

We’ve also been invited to perform live on Chicago’s EXPERIMENTAL SOUND STUDIOS The Quarantine Concerts, on April 19 at 2PM (MST) curated by Nomi Epstein, we’ll be playing a set of duos alongside other isolated artistic duos- Angharad Davies/Tim Parkinson and Cherlyn Hsing Hsin Pisaro-Liu/Michael Pisaro https://ess.org/the-quarantine-concerts

I imagine there will be more and more of these online projects.  I thought it would be a difficult adjustment for me, I had tons and tons of travel planned, a summer in Europe, concerts in Iceland and Berlin, a record release show in NYC, BIG THINGS.  Well, the world has different plans.  We’ll do those plans later.  For now, we’ll just stop being so productive and be thankful for our little family and this beautiful music.  I sincerely hope you are all OK during this time and I miss you dearly.

review in 15 bytes

A truly wonderful review by Connor Lockie about my playing and our whole set of new commissions for Red Desert: The Future Music.  http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/red-desert-showcases-the-future-of-music-at-westminster-college/

“Future Music began with Teodora Stepančić’s solo clarinet piece “Clarinet No.6 (*Katie).” The piece’s stillness jarred the room into a stupor, with Porter balancing held tones and multiphonics across tightropes of sound and tense gaps of silence. Porter’s control of her tone and dynamics kickstarted the night with a breathtaking blend of technical awe and musical profundity. Each note hung in the air well after its release, outlining a single melody over the course of its runtime. This musical patience froze time, drawing listeners’ focus away from reflecting on what’s passed or anticipating what’s to come. Instead, each tone formed a moment unto itself, resonant and stately.”

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 6-8PM 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 will play Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting In A Room, Carolyn Chen’s In 1839 it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking, Lucie Vitkova’s FIVE and AOUIE by Susanna Gartmayer and new works by Devin Maxwell and I for furniture, text, electronics, clarinets and snare drums.

Jan 1, 2020 4PM Brooklyn, NY.  A new year’s day show on Teodora Stepancic’s 597 Concert Series.  90 mins of Michael Pisaro’s Within 6 with film/audio from Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, a RED DESERT set with music by Johanna Beyer, Devin Maxwell, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Parkinson and Lucie Vitkova.  Tea and cake, and then new quartet by Assaf Gidron with Teodora Stepancic.  Happy new year!! (email for address/info)

Feb 12, 2020 7PM BETALEVEL, Los Angeles, CA.  I’m playing the Sun Tunnels 90 minutes of Michael Pisaro Within 6, live and with film/audio from the site.

Feb 15, 2020 7PM Los Angeles, CA.  CLARINET QUINTETS at HUMAN RESOURCES- Katie Porter with the Koan Quartet play Jurg Frey Quintet (1998) and Morton Feldman Clarinet and String Quartet (1983).

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.

Feb 28, 2020 Red Desert at Glitter City in Denver, CO with Ryan Seward and New Topographics.

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, Will Lang, Devin Maxwell, Katie Porter, Judith Berkson, and James Falzone.

March 16, 2020 bass clarinet solo by Manuela Meier on the Abravanel Composer Series.   SLC, UT (POSTPONED)