Projects in the Quarantine

Some nice projects are coming out of this time:

LIVE(STREAMS)

On May 27th, 2020 (7PM Istanbul/10AM Utah) I’ll be playing live with bassist Sebastian Gramss (Cologne), Jeremy Woodruff (Istanbul/Berlin), cellist Anil Eraslin (Istanbul) and the incredible BC Manjunath (Bangalore) for a zoom livestream through the Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, the first iteration of the International Online Orchestra.  Here is the link

On June 6, 2020 (6PM PDT/7PM Utah) I’ll be performing in Daniel Corral’s Sextet for Similar Sounds as part of Culture Hub Re-Fest, a global art & technology community founded by SeoulArts & La MaMa. (POSTPONED)

LIVE (OUTSIDE!)

9/10/2020 Red Desert Ensemble at the Summit Community Gardens, a benefit for the garden’s COVID 19 effort.  We’ll perform works from the avant-garde outdoors, including multiple percussion with audience participation encouraged!  BYO Dinner/Drinks, grab veggies from the garden!  TICKETS

RECORDINGS & COLLABORATIONS

I’ll be working with composer Teodora Stepančić to record a new work for clarinet + synth.  We were supposed to record together in NYC this summer, but instead we’ll record apart, in special places.   This project is supported by a NYFA grant and includes new duos written for Teodora and myself, Lucie Vítková, Rachel Mangold and Erin Rogers.  She says it will be a “journey through spaces” which sounds perfect.

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I spent some time recording clarinet and bass clarinet parts for composer Brian Harnetty‘s new project based on the writings of the 20th c Cistercian monk and prolific writer from Kentucky, Thomas Merton.

And I recorded around 30 minutes of bass clarinet for Andy Graydon‘s A*Array, a sound and video installation, a collaboration of musicians across far distances, much like the international astronomy project connecting observatories around the world that the piece is based on.

I’m also excited to collaborate far and wide.  The projects are just starting and we will see where they go- an ongoing bass clarinet duo with Lucio Capece in Berlin, a Cardew project with cellist Juho Laitinen in Helsinki, zooms with composer Daniel Goode in NYC to learn the rest of his beautiful Clarinet Songs, the beginnings of a collaboration with the sculptor Kelsey Harrison here in Utah, a duo by André Cormier with the London-based soprano and curator Juliet Frazer.  Also!  Devin Maxwell is writing an OPERA based on Hector running from Achilles in the Illiad, the score is for bass clarinet, string quartet and electronics, with four voices, and it looks like we will start workshopping it virtually this month.   So glad for music.

Well, I hope you are all OK.  We are OK.

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

 

The thaw, closing loops, Red Desert at UMFA April 17! UPCOMING: Listen/Space Commissions Book Release Concert, DOGSTAR LA, June 9. VU Symposium Park City July 10-12

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Hi! Well, everything cycles, doesn’t it? We are back at our cabin and the snow is really melting now. The thaw: new rivers, new ponds, mud and water everywhere. I’m in a strange loop and suddenly it’s springtime! Also! Baseball started. I’m putting together some giant upcoming music projects, and closing some loops, and I would love to see you!
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If you’re in Utah, please come hear Red Desert play at the UMFA on April 17. We are working with an Honors class at the University of Utah called Radical Quiet to perform Terry Riley’s IN C, and will be minimalisming-it-out for about an hour with a band of 20+ performers. Also on the program is Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion, a new PH trio for marimba, bass clarinet and bass by Devin Maxwell and one of my favorite works of all time, Pauline Oliveros’ Bye Bye Butterfly.
April 17, 7PM, Free!! UMFA Main Gallery, 410 Campus Center Dr, SLC, UT
Red Desert & Radical Quiet
Morton Feldman Bass Clarinet and Percussion
Pauline Oliveros Bye Bye Butterfly
Devin Maxwell PH6
Terry Riley IN C
The next project I’m organizing is a release concert for our Listen/Space Books of Scores and Recordings in Los Angeles!!!!
We’ll be playing on June 9 at the WildBeast at Calarts, as part of my favorite festival: Dogstar Orchestra 15. In addition to playing 10 works from our commissions, we’ll be premiering a NEW piece by Quentin Tolimieri, an improvising piano and bass clarinet double-concerto (commissioned by our dear friend Bruce Abbott), with Quentin in from Berlin on the piano and me on bass clarinet!
This is the first time we’ll have played all of this music _not_ in our garage or cabin. We’re sending this music off the mountain! I’ll also have all 3 VOLUMES of our Listen/Space Books and Recordings, and almost the entire band will be there: Nate Herrera, Phil Rodriguez, Kevin Farrell, Quentin Tolimieri, Stephanie Steph Richards, Devin Maxwell, Kristin Olson, Andrew Munsey, Christine Tavolacci, Jonathan Marmor, Andre André Cormier, Eric KM Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark and me! Thank you everyone for supporting our Kickstarter campaign, all 3 volumes are made, vol 3 is being printed, and if you want the books, you’ll have to get them from Frog Peak Music (or me!!).
Speaking of cycles, we are hosting the third VU Symposium this summer! VU 3: A symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music at the Park City Library, July 10-12, 2019.
There is an OPEN CALL right now due April 15! Papers, presentations and music performances. We would love for you to come out! The topic is “Pushing the Envelope” and the call is here: www.vusymposium.org
What is Listen/Space now? What are these commissions? What is VU about? When we left Brooklyn, I was pretty brokenhearted about our space, about the scene, about not being able to create community with a space for experimental music. But I look back, and actually, we did! We inspired many people! People that went on to build their own spaces, curate their own series, make more music, and decide that this music should exist outside of institutions. I see folks carrying the torch for outsider music and spaces. Our community does exist, and now it’s all over the world. NYC is a time not a place. When we moved to Utah it took me a long time to process what I wanted to do next, how I wanted to bring everyone together. And my solution was the Listen/Space Commissions – bringing a group of players out to our cabin and making new works. It’s been an incredibly gratifying project, we have all sorts of music and times together, and the promise that there will be more. VU Symposium is similar, we are working in experimental music, art music, electronic music, improvised music, what is it all about, how do we share and not compete, how do we bring each other up and celebrate the process? Come to the mountains! Share your work! It’s important!
Otherwise,
I’m playing bass clarinet on this lovely recording of Shawnee, OH by Brian Harnetty just released on Karl Records (Berlin).
And I have been enjoying giving some talks and presentations. Last month I presented Active Listening, Colored Silence, Critical Music and Wandelweiser at Phillip Bimstein‘s Radical Quiet Honors College course at the University of Utah. I also performed four movements of Michael Pisaro‘s Within 6 for both sections of the class. And in February I presented and demonstrated Extreme Techniques for Clarinet & Bass Clarinet in Experimental Music for the Utah Clarinet Festival at BYU, where I sang into my clarinet and played spectral multiphonics and crazy sounds in the music of Susanna Gartmayer, Sarah Hennies, Lucie Lucie Vítková, Ruben Rúben Borges, Lois V Vierk, Daniel Goode and others. It was SUPER fun, and the young clarinetists were so enthusiastic!!
When do I head out next to the Sun Tunnels?? I’m hoping to get back out there and record for a few weekends this summer. And then I’ll be presenting the project East Coast and West Coast at several venues and colleges next year. Stay tuned!
So, what loop is closing? Well, perhaps this Utah one. We are very seriously considering moving! Perhaps closer to NYC, perhaps Austin, TX, perhaps somewhere else (suggestions and bidding wars welcome)? Devin is teaching his last few classes in Electroacoustic Music Composition, Sound, Music and Technology and Music Composition at the University of Utah and Westminster College this next month, and we are looking to move on in either Academia or elsewhere. We want to renew focus on our duo, Red Desert, commission some new pieces, finish our album(s) and tour! It’s time to see our people, whereever on earth they may be now. We miss you!
More to come! Life, life is happening. Hope you are all awesome.
xo
kp
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Upcoming shows! Spring 2019

April 17, 2019 7PM Red Desert & Radical Quiet at the UMFA in SLC, UT https://umfa.utah.edu/events

Red Desert ensemble and Radical Quiet, an Honors College course that cultivates presence and awareness through mindful experience of the arts, present Terry Riley’s IN C.  Red Desert (Katie Porter/Devin Maxwell) will perform Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion, Pauline Oliveros’ Bye Bye Butterfly and Devin Maxwell’s PH6.  Afterwards, an all-star ensemble of Utah musicians and students will perform Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece IN C for an indefinite number of performers.

June 9, 2019 7PM Listen/Space Commissions at DOGSTAR, Los Angeles, CA https://www.facebook.com/dogstarorchestra/

We are having a _GIANT_ book release concert in LA to celebrate the release of 4 volumes of scores from our Listen/Space commissioning project, along with 6 hours of recordings.  Almost all of us will be there!   Including: Quentin Tolimieri, Katie Porter, Devin Maxwell, Stephanie Richards, Phil Rodriguez, Kevin Farrell, Jonathan Marmor, Kristin Olson, Christine Tavolacci, Doug Barrett, Travis Just, Eric KM Clark, Andrew Munsey, Nathan Herrera and André Cormier.  It will be stellar!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!

 

My songs: Lady Lucille

In light of this ongoing life and music collaboration with Devin, I have been thinking about finally releasing all of my songs.  Over a decade ago now, and just before we had kids (June just turned 10 this month), in 2007, we made an album of my Lady Lucille songs at Matt Boynton’s Vacation Island studio in Brooklyn.  The songs are just love songs, heartache songs and stories I had been writing forever, the band is named after my grandma, Lucyle Woods Pack.  I performed them with many friends in places like Zebulon and Monkeytown in Brooklyn, we even made it to SXSW in Texas, it was a great time and I loved singing.
I’m really proud of these songs, and I’d love for you to listen to them, so I don’t end up being a lost-to-history Sibylle Baier or Connie Converse, whose children find my songs and think their mom is crazy and publish them much later in life.  I’d rather put them out now.  Now is the time.
SO!  ANCIENT MUSIC BY KATIE:  on Bandcamp: Lady Lucille HOUSE OF THE FUTURE
FREE!  GRAB IT!!!