RED DESERT 2017/18

Several duo shows upcoming and in the works!!  INFO: http://www.reddesertensemble.org

Sunday October 8, 2017 7PM
Percussion Concert at Westminster College, SLC, Utah

Program:
Morton Feldman Bass Clarinet and Percussion (1981) Red Desert with Indigo Cook, percussion
Other works for percussion by the Westminster Percussion Studio
https://www.westminstercollege.edu/campus-life/events-and-performances/ensemble-performances
Saturday OCTOBER 21, 2017 7PM
RED DESERT AT CASPER COLLEGE, WYOMING 
Program:
Devin Maxwell Chord Toss 3 for bass clarinet, percussion and electronics (2013)
Lucie Vîtkovå Choral No. 13 for clarinets and percussion (2016)
André Cormier Sommeil for clarinet and percussion (2002)
Morton Feldman Bass clarinet and percussion (1981) Red Desert with Indigo Cook, percussion
http://www.caspercollege.edu/music-department
Thursday, NOVEMBER 16 2017 7:30PM
RED DESERT AT SALTY CRICKET’S MELANGE
Sugar Space Warehouse 132 South 800 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Program:
Devin Maxwell Chord Toss 3 for bass clarinet, percussion and electronics (2013)

Saturday JANUARY 20, 2018 7PM
RED DESERT AT NEXT ENSEMBLE
Alleged, Ogden, Utah
Program:
Devin Maxwell Chord Toss 3 for bass clarinet, percussion and electronics (2013)
Lucie Vîtkovå Choral No. 13 for clarinets and percussion (2016)
André Cormier Sommeil for clarinet and percussion (2002)
TBA
Saturday FEBRUARY 17, 2018 7PM
RED DESERT AT INDEXICAL
Santa Cruz, California
Program:
Devin Maxwell Chord Toss 3 for bass clarinet, percussion and electronics (2013)
Lucie Vîtkovå Choral No. 13 for clarinets and percussion (2016)
André Cormier Sommeil for clarinet and percussion (2002)
Morton Feldman Bass clarinet and percussion (1981) Red Desert with Indigo Cook, percussion
Phill Niblock Chamber Piece TBA for organ and ensemble (2017)
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RED DESERT AT THE SUN TUNNELS

Here is the final program for Saturday’s 3-hour concert at Utah’s Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt.

RED DESERT AT THE SUN TUNNELS – a concert of experimental music
Sun Tunnels Meet-Up organized by the UMFA (Utah Museum of Fine Arts)
Lucin, Utah
September 30, 2017
1PM- 4PM

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RED DESERT ENSEMBLE
Katie Porter, clarinets/curator
Devin Maxwell, percussion/composer
Red Desert ensemble (Katie Porter, clarinets, Devin Maxwell, percussion) perform a 3-hour concert of experimental works at the Sun Tunnels, a land artwork in Lucin, Utah by Nancy Holt. Inspired by both the Sun Tunnel’s permanence in the desert and the gradual change experienced under the sun, the music suggests a long-form relationship with time and both subtle and sudden changes. The concert is structured loosely after James Tenney’s score: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion. We will gradually crescendo and decrescendo over the course of 3 hours of music. Included are works by Wandelweiser composers, the “composers of quiet”: Michael Pisaro, Manfred Werder, Craig Shepard and Anastassis Philippakopoulos, American avant-garde & experimental composers: John Cage, Christian Wolff, Milton Babbitt, Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney, Italy’s avant-garde Giacinto Scelsi and Giancarlo Sciaffini and a newer generation of composers who share these modern experimental roots: André Cormier, Devin Maxwell and Tim Parkinson.

RED DESERT is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell. We have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for 17 years. Founded in Brooklyn, NY but now calling mountains of Utah home, our repertoire prominently features experimental composers, especially ones that strive to challenge and enrich our understanding of what music is and can be. Recordings of Red Desert can be heard on Phill Niblock’s XI label (NY), Edition Wandelweiser Records, and Infrequent Seams (NY).www.reddesertensemble.org

PROGRAM:

Michael Pisaro
Within (6) for solo clarinet (1998) pages 1-3, Valencia, CA, 30’

Michael Pisaro
A Little Dance for percussion (2000), Valencia, CA, 5’

Craig Shephard
Sheepshead Bay May 20, 2012 for clarinet and percussion (2012), Brooklyn, NY, 10’

Tim Parkinson
Drum Piece for solo percussion (2009), London, UK, 10’

Giacinto Scelsi
Preghiera per un’ombra for solo clarinet (1954), Italy, 12’

John Cage
One 4 for solo percussion (1990), USA, 6’

Devin Maxwell
Cloudseeding 4 (excerpt) for solo bass clarinet (2017) Park City, Utah, 7’

André Cormier
Sommeil for clarinet and percussion (2002) for Katie Porter & Devin Maxwell, Moncton, Canada, 12’

James Tenney
Having Never Written A Note for Percussion (1971) USA, 10’

Milton Babbitt
My Ends Are My Beginnings for clarinet (bass clarinet) solo (1978) USA 16’

Giancarlo Schiaffini
10 AM for free instrumentation (1979) Italy, 5’

Pauline Oliveros
All Fours for Drumset (1998) USA, 4’

Christian Wolff
Microexercises for one or more players, free instrumentation (2006) Dartmouth, NH, 6’

Manfred Werder
2 ausführende: pages 556 and 557 of 4000 page score (2017) Zurich, Switzerland, 16’

Michael Pisaro
Turning for Bass Clarinet and Percussion (2001), for Katie Porter &
Devin Maxwell, Valencia, CA, 20’

Anastassis Philippakopoulos
Song 9 for Bass Clarinet solo (2013) Athens, Greece, 6’

KATIE PORTER is a clarinetist and curator who specializes in experimental chamber and solo music. She currently works to commission, record and present new chamber music through her arts non-profit, LISTEN/SPACE. Her curatorial work includes 50+ performances at her music venue, Listen/Space, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2008-2011), 25 new commissions and recordings for chamber ensemble for the Listen/Space Commissions (2015-17), 3 annual residencies for musicians and composers in Tollgate Canyon, Utah (2015-17), Co-founder of the VU Symposium for experimental, improvised, and electronic music at the Park City Library in Park City, Utah (2016-ongoing), curator of VU 2 (2017), a day-long concert of fixed media electronic music at the Park City Library, Utah, curator at ELMS (Experimental Listening and Music Sessions) in Boston (2017) and of ongoing commissions and concerts with her percussion/clarinet duo, Red Desert.
As a clarinetist, Katie’s recent performances include Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet & Percussion at Abrons Art Center (NYC), new commissions with Daniel Goode’s Flexible Orchestra at Roulette (NYC), Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals for the American Mavericks Festival at The Kitchen (NYC), Peter Gordon’s LOLO at Roulette (NYC), solo concerts at Dog Star Orchestra (LA), with Craig Shepard at Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Michael Pisaro’s Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones at Experimental Intermedia (NYC) and The Stone (NYC) and Tombstones with Julia Holter at Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, and other American experimentalists with the Dedalus Ensemble (France), music of Wandelweiser composers at the Twin Cities Wandelweiser Festival (St Paul), solo clarinet works of Giacinto Scelsi at Scelsiana (Italy), Morris Rosenzweig’s 2005 and Counting: Katrina on the NOVA Chamber Music Series (SLC), Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee,OH at the Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati) and the Wexner Art Center (Columbus), and the premier of John Luther Adam’s SILA at Lincoln Center (NYC).
She can be heard on the record labels: Editions Wandelweiser, FOOM, Infrequent Seams, Mode Records, Gravity Wave, XI Records, Moniker, La Société Expéditionnaire and Dust to Digital, among others. Her songs are published by Good Child Music NYC and have been performed with her band, Lady Lucille, at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NYC), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), Pianos (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), SXSW (Austin), the Cakeshop (NYC), LadyFest (Chicago) and on the BBC Network.www.fromkp.wordpress.com

Composer DEVIN MAXWELL’s chamber music has been described as “amiably strident…clusters hammered insistently” by the New York Times and orchestral works “a beautiful puzzle, … fitting between plucks and pedals that build pyramid melodies” by the American Record Guide. He has recently been commissioned by the NEXT Ensemble (Ogden, UT), MMM… (Tokyo), BENT FREQUENCY (Atlanta), ENSEMBLE DEDALUS (Paris), the Deer Valley Music Festival Emerging Quartets and Composers for the SKYROS QUARTET (Lincoln, NB) and featured at The Stone (NYC), Abron’s Art Center (NYC), the Ontological Theater (NYC), BLIM (Vancouver), ARTSaha (Omaha), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Monkeytown (NYC), Dartmouth College, Columbia University, NYU, Boston Conservatory, and Kenyon College. Two of his orchestral compositions, Six Short Places and Chester, NJ have been premiered at the Ostrava Days Festival in Czhechia. Awards include the Nief Norf Composition Prize, the Leroy Robertson Prize, “Best Experimental Film” New York Independent Film Festival, New Music USA/Commissioning Music USA, and an Honorable Mention at the American Composer’s Orchestra 2013 Underwood Readings.
His music is critically examined in the book Boring, Formless Nonsense; Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure by Eldritch Priest, and the 2012 journal Postmodern Culture. Maxwell frequently collaborates with choreographer Jessica Gaynor Dance (NYC), filmmaker Rollin Hunt (Los Angeles), graphic designer Phillip Niemeyer (Austin), photographer Svavar Jonatansson (Iceland), clarinetist Katie Porter (RED DESERT) and violist/songwriter Anni Rossi (NYC). Maxwell is a graduate of The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts Composer/Performer and Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Utah. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Music and Westminster College.
The first album dedicated solely to his compositions DEVIN MAXWELL WORKS 2011-14 was released on Infrequent Seams (NY) in June 2016 and features new works for orchestra, electronics, string quartet, solo and chamber ensembles and his compositions are published by Good Child Music New York and Éditions musique SISYPHE. www.devinmaxwell.net

August 27 3PM Katie Porter plays party music at UMFA Grand Reopening

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I’ll be performing some party music!!  World-premiere of Cloudseeding 4 for bass clarinet & electronics written especially for the occasion of the grand reopening party of the UMFA (Utah Museum of Fine Arts).  Also on the program Giacinto Scelsi’s Preghiera per un’ombra for solo clarinet.  FREE!

August 27, 2017
3PM
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Modern & Contemporary Gallery

Katie Porter, clarinet & bass clarinet

Giacinto Scelsi Preghiera per un’ombra for solo clarinet ’12
Devin Maxwell Cloudseeding 4 for bass clarinet & electronics ’30  * World premiere

FREE! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!   All reopening events here: https://umfa.utah.edu/reopening

Upcoming! ELMS 2017 in Boston August 6!

I’ll be curating and performing a concert inspired by Luigi Nono’s Utopica Futura – in my mind experimental music that explores the recurring future by using sounds from the past.  ELMS (Experimental Listening and Music) will feature presentations and music by Nomi Epstein (composer/piano), Jennie Gottschalk (composer), Ian Power (composer), Colin Tucker (composer/cello), D Edward Davis (composer), Erik Carlson (composer/violin) and Katie Porter (clarinet).

Residency : 2017 Listen/Space Commissions

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Stephanie Richards and Katie Porter outside of the practice shed at the cabin- Listen/Space Commissions

This summer we’ll be gathering again for our 3rd annual residency at our cabin.  This year’s commissions feature more chamber music from the group, including a transcription of What Is The Sound Of One Flag for 9 piece chamber ensemble by G Douglas Barrett, a new piece by flutist Christine Tavolacci, ensemble conduction by Stephanie Richards, guest conductor Rei Hotoda, pianist and composer Quentin Tolimieri and movement improvisations with dancer/choreographer Jessica Gaynor.  We will be recording several evenings of group improvisations, and 7 new chamber music pieces.  It will be stellar.

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In residence June 23-28, Tollgate Canyon, Utah: Christine Tavolacci (flute/composer, LA), Katie Porter (clarinet, UT), Kristin Olson (oboe, NYC), Nathan Herrera (Saxophone, Santa Barbara), Stephanie Richards (trumpet/composer, San Diego), Kevin Farrell (bass, NYC), Andrew Munsey (drums, San Diego), Devin Maxwell (composer/vibes, UT), Rei Hotoda (conductor, UT), Quentin Tolimieri (piano/composer, Brooklyn) and Jessica Gaynor (movement, Brooklyn).  Additional commissions by André Cormier & G Douglas Barrett.

ALL ABOUT IT!  https://listenspacemusic.wordpress.com/

UPCOMING! Sun Tunnels three hour concert September 30, 2017

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Red Desert Ensemble (Devin Maxwell, percussion & Katie Porter, clarinet) will be performing three hours of music at the Sun Tunnels in the remote desert of Utah.

Hosted by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, with music curated by Katie Porter, the concert will feature the music of the constellations, nature and the infinite, with solos and duos by Michael Pisaro, Devin Maxwell, John Cage, Tim Parkinson, André Cormier, James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Werner, Craig Shepard, Giacinto Scelsi, Anastassis Philippakopoulos and more..

Sun Tunnels Community Meet-Up

One of the most famous works of Land art in the world, Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels is located approximately 4 hours from Salt Lake City, in the desert around Lucin, Utah. This performance will take place outside during a community event celebrating and exploring this work of art. For more information on the site, visit: http://umfa.utah.edu/suntunnels_selfguide

–          Saturday, September 30 (between 1-4pm)

Curating & Chair of VU 2- All Day Electronic Music. July 18, 2017 Park City, Utah

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I’m excited to chair this year’s VU!  On July 18 I am curating an entire day-long concert of electronic music, some historic, some premiers, some hours for the color blue, some hours for critical and protest music, some hours of pieces specifically designed for the acoustics of the Jim Santy Auditorium.  In addition to curated works, there is an open call for music: https://vusymposium.org/