4th of July

Thinking about this piece today: 4th of July.  It was clearly a beginning of our Red Desert duo, and not caring one iota if we programmed half-hour pieces.  Rollin Hunt met us in the weird with his excellent video (those are my eyes!).  We performed it at The Stone!!! in maybe 2009?  I really want to do more works with video these days.

 

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!!!!!

 

Performing with WILD UP: We The People in SLC, UT Feb 2

It was so nice to have the band WILD UP come through SLC and spend a week working on a ton of music I find really important.  As with all experimental music, there was some failure involved and I loved that.  We played Julius Eastman, Pauline Oliveros, Louis Andriessen, and a bunch of other works, including a beautiful work on forgiveness as the audience sat on the stage with us.  So many of my favorite Utah musicians joined including Devin Maxwell, Indigo Rain Cook, Ashkhan Fakhrtabatabaie, Maya Miro Johnson, Kris Johnson, & Nic Quilter. https://tickets.utah.edu/uncategorized/wild-up-we-the-people/img_20190201_194238

Thoughts on stopping time

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about stopping time. I had a surreal time-stopping experience performing at the Spiral Jetty earlier in September.  I wrote all six movements of Michael Pisaro’s Within 6 onto my arms, and slowly walked the entire spiral for 90 minutes, performing one note at a time.  Many people were out at the artwork that day, it was a UMFA sponsored Spiral Jetty meet-up.  Mostly, they walked right past it, and out onto the salt and to the edge of the lake.  Many stopped there.  Children climbed on the rocks.  There was a snake!  Only one little girl and I saw it – I just nodded at her that I saw it too, and don’t worry!!  Apparently my sound was so strange out there, bouncing off the nearby mountains.  Just quiet tones, slowly paced but insistent, and all the silence between them.  For me, it was a crucial day, both artistically and personally, and although I felt like my world might be falling apart, it didn’t, I slowed it down, I stopped it, looked at it, listened to it, enjoyed it all: the heat, the sun, the salt, the sounds and especially the presence of time moving.  Eventually Devin joined my performance with percussion works, first a Pauline Oliveros Sonic Meditiation, which quietly overlapped my tones from a distance, at that point I began a David Dunn piece PLACE, slowly walking the spiral in the other direction, unwinding myself, recording the sounds of the environment and my footsteps, and I joined Devin and quietly played the recording back, while he continued with Xenakis Rebonds for our now gathering audience.  Music is about stopping time.  I am always able to stop time when I play.  I know this now for certain.  Then we drove home and time started again, and it was a bizarre picking-up-the-pieces few months for one reason or another, but the pieces are back together!

Red Desert @ THE SPIRAL JETTY!!! Sept 29

An absolute dream concert.

Sept 29, 2018, 1-4PM, free
Red Desert at the Spiral Jetty
Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake
https://umfa.utah.edu/node/280
Program: Michael Pisaro Within 6 for solo clarinet, David Dunn Place: Part 1, John Hastings Spirals for Jettie, Lucie Vitkova FIVE, Michael Pisaro A Little Dance, Pauline Oliveros Single Stroke Roll Meditation, James Tenney Having Never Written a Note for Percussion, Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A

Red Desert UMFA review

A great review of our UMFA show by Les Roka in the Utah Review!!!!

“Last week, Red Desert performed an engrossing program of experimental music, representing more than 80 years, in a continuous stream that ultimately comprised a one-hour composition. The concert was held in the Great Hall of The Utah Museum of Fine Arts(UMFA), as part of its chamber music series. The Utah performance followed two recent appearances in New York City with the duo performing various works from its repertoire.

The order and the selected works were curated carefully. Experimentalism is not haphazard nor is it trivial nor a novel curiosity. Indeed, the Red Desert performance offered an enlightening perspective of how experimentalism shapes and affirms new sounds and techniques in the long game approach of reaching musicians and listeners.”

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“Certainly, as provocative or as unconventional as Red Desert’s program may have seemed for some, the overall performance conveyed an artistic elegance that easily would disarm critics or those skeptical or intimidated by the idea of such programming.”

https://www.theutahreview.com/red-deserts-experimental-music-program-excellent-highly-absorbing-stretch-artistic-entrepreneurialism/

Red Desert @ UMFA Sept 19

Sept 19, 2018, 7PM, free
Red Desert: Beginnings and Ends
UMFA Great Hall
https://umfa.utah.edu/node/264
Program: Johanna Beyer Suite 1 for solo clarinet, John Cage 4’33” and 0’00”, Adrian Democ A Luca Marenzio II for clarinet/percussion/electronics, Susanna Gartmayer E for contra-bass clarinet, Devin Maxwell Wind Harmonics for electronics, Giacinto Scelsi IXOR for solo clarinet, James Tenney Three Pieces for Drum Quartet, Lucie Vitkova Choral No. 13 for clarinet/percussion duo, Christian Wolff Microexercises

Red Desert shows in UTAH Sept 19 & 29

RED DESERT IN UTAH
We have been so fortunate to get a ton of support from the UMFA (Utah Museum of Fine Arts) for our music, and we’re excited to return to their Chamber Music Series alongside the artwork of Spencer Finch in the Great Hall, where we’ll be playing a totally amplified version of John Cage’s 4’33”, contact mics on cymbals and clarinets, Jim Tenney’s Drum Quartet and me on the contra-alto clarinet (thank you BYU for loaning it to me!) playing Christian Wolff and Susanna Gartmayer and a ton of works never, ever heard before in Utah, for sure.

And then the following week, we’ll be outside, at Robert Smithson’s SPIRAL JETTY for a UMFA community meet-up, with our music, and science, art and activities.  I plan to spend an hour or more, slowly walking the Jetty and performing Michael Pisaro’s solo clarinet work, Within 6.   I recorded it at the Sun Tunnels, and feel that giving it a chance to meet sand, earth and sky is just what needs to happen next.  I’ll also walk around Part 1 of David Dunn’s PLACE, walking (appropriately) in a spiral, recording and playing back sound of the environment.  Also, we’ll premiere John Hasting’s Spirals for Jettie a clarinet/percussion duo he wrote for us and baby Jettie.  And Devin will play Oliveros, Tenney and Xenakis on drums!  It’s a dream concert for sure!

Sept 19, 2018, 7PM, free
Red Desert: Beginnings and Ends
UMFA Great Hall
https://umfa.utah.edu/node/264
Program: Johanna Beyer Suite 1 for solo clarinet, John Cage 4’33” and 0’00”, Adrian Democ A Luca Marenzio II for clarinet/percussion/electronics, Susanna Gartmayer E for contra-bass clarinet, Devin Maxwell Wind Harmonics for electronics, Giacinto Scelsi IXOR for solo clarinet, James Tenney Three Pieces for Drum Quartet, Lucie Vitkova Choral No. 13 for clarinet/percussion duo, Christian Wolff Microexercises

Sept 29, 2018, 1-4PM, free
Red Desert at the Spiral Jetty
Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake
https://umfa.utah.edu/node/280
Program: Michael Pisaro Within 6 for solo clarinet, David Dunn Place: Part 1, John Hastings Spirals for Jettie, Lucie Vitkova FIVE, Michael Pisaro A Little Dance, Pauline Oliveros Single Stroke Roll Meditation, James Tenney Having Never Written a Note for Percussion, Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A