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)
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
And home to my babe(s)
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.
Thank you SLUG for this great article on what we’re building with the VU Symposium!
“One definition of ‘symposium’ is simply a party with music and conversation. We like to think of the Vu Symposium in this sense of the word,” says Katie Porter, co-founder of the annual Vu Symposium, an open forum championing musicians who push the boundaries of sound and rhythm. “It’s not a conference and not a festival. It is about a free exchange of ideas between participants who engage in experimental, electronic or improvised music.” The third installment of the symposium, called Vu 3, takes place in Park City from July 10–12.
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.
I can’t believe I have all 3 books of Listen/Space scores in my hands! Ready for our BIG book release celebration at DOGSTAR ORCHESTRA in LA on June 9.
And the recordings!!!!
I’m playing bass clarinet on this wonderful album by Brian Harnetty just released by Karl Records (Berlin).
We are also playing on BBC Radio.
A totally wonderful review of our Red Desert & Radical Quiet Concert at the UMFA in the Utah Review!
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…