Michael Vincent Waller’s Arbitrage II for Solo Clarinet and Arbitrage for Bass Clarinet & Percussion for XI Records


This summer I recorded Michael Vincent Waller’s Arbitrage II for solo clarinet, a piece he wrote for me that I paired up with Stockhausen’s Ein Vöglein singt an Deinem Fenster from Amour when I premiered it in 2013.  Arbitrage II is a difficult little melody, but quite beautiful.  Also on the record is Red Desert’s live recording of Arbitrage for Bass Clarinet & Gongs from our show at Spectrum in NYC.  Those were some lovely gongs.  XI Records is Phill Niblock’s label for Experimental Intermedia.

I really love this photo.


WANDELWEISER Twin Cities Festival


I was part of the ensemble to premiere 9 new pieces by the Wandelweiser Collective in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I played bass clarinet almost exclusively, and loved the moments where Jürg Frey and I had some beautiful clarinet duets, our first time performing together.  Our ensemble: Nomi Epstein, Erik Carlson, Michael Pisaro, Greg Stuart, Jürg Frey, Dante Boon and myself.   A terrific ensemble and great group of people.  Here were the programs (the Manfred Werder ~ 2014(2)//1 Ausfuehrender was performed as a duet for bass clarinet & piano)

4pm Saturday, September 27th
Eva-Maria Houben ~ places to listen – ravens
Johnny Chang ~ citara I/II
Eva-Maria Houben ~ places to listen – spring
Manfred Werder ~ 2014(2)//1 Ausfuehrender
Radu Malfatti ~ Kyougo

8pm Saturday, September 27th
Michael Pisaro ~ Extinguished
Stefan Thut ~ six and two
Antoine Beuger ~ desert into dwelling place

1pm Sunday, September 28th
Jürg Frey ~ Movement, Ground, Fragility
Manfred Werder ~ 2014(2)//1 Ausfuehrender
Dante Boon ~ st. paul



Craig Shepard On Foot: Brooklyn CD released on Edition Wandelweiser Records


Just got copies of On Foot:Brooklyn in the mail today from Craig Shepard.  I’m playing clarinet on the first track “Sheepshead Bay, May 20, 2012”.  Our parts are over the top of a field recording of Downtown Brooklyn, which is funny, considering we recorded it on top of a mountain out here in Utah, trying to get our notes in around the sounds of melting snow, rain on the roof and really excited birds.

The photo above is of the silent walk from Greenpoint to Red Hook that I took with Craig Shepard and friends. It was also a cold and rainy day and when we arrived in Red Hook, Christian Kobi, Craig and I played a beautiful trio.

I’ve been happy to be a part of this whole project, the music and the experience have been lovely.  I’m glad Craig took the time to make these recordings.

Daniel Goode’s Flexible Orchestra: Clarinet Madness

I’m in NYC this week to rehearse and perform with Daniel Goode’s Flexible Orchestra: Clarinet Madness.   The show is at Roulette Oct 27, at 5PM, in Brooklyn, NY.  We are performing pieces by Daniel Goode, klezmer with David Krakauer soloing, David Mahler and Doina Rotaru.

We are 10 clarinets, violin, guitar, harp, bass and dancers.

Really wish this ensemble played together all of the time.  Like every day.


recording Tristan Perich’s Telescope

1267714_10100937197814862_1056456147_o This weekend I got to play bass clarinet on the recording of Tristan Perich’s “Telescope” (for two bass clarinets, two baritone saxophones and four-channel 1-bit electronics) at Oktaven Audio in NYC with Michael Ibrahim and Joshua Rubin.

I am in that sea of microphones, playing some big big notes.

performing with Dedalus Ensemble at Willow Place Auditorium

993683_10203208528277810_1742611512_nHaving a wonderful weekend rehearsing some truly beautiful music with the Dedalus Ensemble (from France) in NYC.

Sept 16, 2013
Willow Place Auditorium 8pm
(24 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights) :
Antoine Beuger : Jankelevitch Sextets
Tom Johnson : 5 Rational Melodies
John Lely : Symphonie #3
Luiz Henrique Yudo: A Quartet for Palladio
Michael Pisaro : Fields Have Ears 4
Katie Porter, clarinet
Brad Henkel, trumpet
Quentin Tolimieri, piano
Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Luis Ianes, guitar
Amelie Berson, flute
Cyprien Busolini, viola
Didier Aschour, guitar

Rollin Hunt’s The Phoney

I’m playing clarinet(s) on this great track “In The Window” off Rollin Hunt’s (new/old/debut/from mars) record.  I love all of Rollin’s music and was SO excited when he wanted a clarinets on this song.

This interview tells the story:

Interviewer:  One of my favorite tracks on The Phoney is In The Window. Can you tell us a bit more about how that track came together?
Rollin:  “Yeah, I wrote the words a long time ago. Then I was banging around on the piano and came up with the music. Devin Maxwell, who produced parts of the song, came up with the idea to do the piano parts with Katie Porter, who plays clarinet. Katie was super pregnant when we recorded her parts. The reverb is all natural on there. We recorded in an empty funereal home AKA Devin and Katie’s NYC studio/home.”