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
_intermission_
(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
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Details of our Red Desert Artist Residency at Westminster College 2019/2020

 

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The Westminster College School of Music presents Artists-in-Residence the Red Desert Ensemble, clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell, with electronic and experimental music on the Chamber Music Series on October 28, 2019. The Artist Residency includes a series of workshops aimed at how music technology, music entrepreneurship and creativity can lead to a fantastic career in the arts with presentations by Ableton Live; workshops entitled You live in the now! Being an artist and musician in the 21st century, Failing Upwards: How we learn and grow when we fail, spring 2020 premiere commissions by composers Judith Berkson and Carolyn Chen, a Music Technology Pedagogy Summit featuring Dr. Linda Antas, and the 4th annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic and improvised music.

Striving to create an open, accessible, and inclusive experience in music, Red Desert workshops and symposiums are free and open to all. All Westminster students, faculty, community members and local high school students in the arts and beyond are encouraged to attend, no music experience is required.

THE RED DESERT ENSEMBLE ARTIST RESIDENCY (Fall Semester)

FREE WORKSHOPS! (11AM-1PM Music Tech Lab, 2nd floor Jewett Center of Performing Arts)

Sept 13 You Live In The Now: Being a musician and artist in the 21st century.

Oct 4 Collaboration and Competition: How to get better at what you do and work with others in inspiring ways.

Nov 1 Experimental Music Workshop: Open to all/ no experience required/ art+ music

Nov 22 Failing Upwards: How we learn and grow when we fail.

Dec 13 Practicing Difficult Music and Music Entrepreneurship: When the hard work pays off.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY EVENT!

Sept 25 (6:30PM-8:30PM, Vieve Gore Concert Hall) Free!

Music Technology! Ableton Live presents new techniques and creative strategies centered around Live, Push and Max for Live. Featuring presenter Mat Mateus.

CONCERTS!

Oct 15, 2019 (8PM, Westminster Art School – Converse 311)

Art School Pop-up concert featuring NYC trombonist Will Lang

Oct 28, 2019 (7:30PM, Vieve Gore Concert Hall) Chamber Music Series Concert:

Red Desert – The Edge of Music – experimental music for clarinet, percussion, electronics (and the constellations!) 

Program:
Karlheinz Stockhausen TIERKREIS Melodies (arranged for clarinets and percussion by Red Desert) (1975-77)
Johannes Kreidler Fantasies of Downfall for vibraphone, audio and video playback (2015)
Lucie Vítková  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)
-intermission-
(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)

//SPRING 2020//

//ALL-COMMISSIONS CONCERT March 2, 2020 (Commission Premieres by Carolyn Chen, Devin Maxwell, Judith Berkson, Andre Cormier, Teodora Stepancic)//

//MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PEDAGOGY SUMMIT March 7, 2020 (Presentations and papers by academics working in music technology and electronic music- best practices in teaching in the ever-evolving landscape of music tech) KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Linda Antas (Music Technology and Composition Montana State)//

//BIG RED DESERT CONCERT April 13, 2020 (Red Desert joins forces for big experimental and minimal music by Arthur Russell, Julius Eastman, Steve Reich, Credo in US by John Cage, more!)//

//4th Annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic and improvised music July dates TBA! Westminster College//

RED DESERT Ensemble is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell. We have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for almost 17 years. After a decade in Brooklyn, NY and now a remote cabin in the mountains of Utah, our repertoire consists primarily of living composers, especially ones that strive to challenge and enrich our understanding of what music is and can be. Together we have been part of over 200 new and experimental music premieres, and personally commissioned over 40 new works for chamber ensemble. Katie regularly performs Devin Maxwell’s thirty minute behemoth for solo bass clarinet and electronics, Cloudseeding 4, recently at the Ponta do Sol Residency for instruments and electronics in Madeira, Portugal. Red Desert programs Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion and other works written specifically for us by composers Lucie Vítková, Michael Pisaro and André Cormier, our recent two evening length concerts at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, were called “one of the most imaginative concerts of the year” ,“mezmerizing”, “engrosing” and highlighted as one of the top ten performances of the Utah enlightenment in 2018 by Les Roka of the Utah Review . In addition to our work as Red Desert, we host the yearly Listen/Space Commissions and the VU Symposium for experimental, improvised and electronic music in Park City, Utah. www.reddesertensemble.org

As artists-in-residence at Westminster College School of Music during the 2019/20 school year, Red Desert will be presenting three evening-length concerts, ten FREE workshops, an Ableton Live workshop, and a Music Technology Pedagogy Summit, and the VU Symposium utilizing our shared expertise in music entrepreneurship, digital music, experimental music, music technology, electro-acoustic composition, DIY spaces, forming ensembles, commissioning new works, contemporary techniques, and more to highlight how creative music can lead to amazing career paths in the arts and beyond.

More info?  Contact Devin Maxwell, Director of Composition and Music Technology  dmaxwell@westminstercollege.edu or Katie Porter, Red Desert Ensemble, kporter@westminstercollege.edu

 

VU3 and after VU

We hosted another terrific VU Symposium for experimental, electronic and improvised music at the Park City Library.  It was really special, with over 40 musicians presenting their work over 3 days – here are some pictures.

Afterwards Devin and I (Red Desert) performed a little “gift” concert for everyone as the sun was setting at our cabin – very loud pieces, Phill Niblock Ottavio for amplified gong, Alvin Lucier Snare drum and pure wave oscillator, and very quiet pieces: Michael Pisaro Within 6, Lucie Vitkova FIVE and Daniel Goode Long Distance.   Here’s a photo of me playing Lucie’s piece under the moon, snapped by Martha Muehleisen.

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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/

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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