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)
September 30, 2017
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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
Within (6) for solo clarinet (1998) pages 1-3, Valencia, CA, 30’
A Little Dance for percussion (2000), Valencia, CA, 5’
Sheepshead Bay May 20, 2012 for clarinet and percussion (2012), Brooklyn, NY, 10’
Drum Piece for solo percussion (2009), London, UK, 10’
Preghiera per un’ombra for solo clarinet (1954), Italy, 12’
One 4 for solo percussion (1990), USA, 6’
Cloudseeding 4 (excerpt) for solo bass clarinet (2017) Park City, Utah, 7’
Sommeil for clarinet and percussion (2002) for Katie Porter & Devin Maxwell, Moncton, Canada, 12’
Having Never Written A Note for Percussion (1971) USA, 10’
My Ends Are My Beginnings for clarinet (bass clarinet) solo (1978) USA 16’
10 AM for free instrumentation (1979) Italy, 5’
All Fours for Drumset (1998) USA, 4’
Microexercises for one or more players, free instrumentation (2006) Dartmouth, NH, 6’
2 ausführende: pages 556 and 557 of 4000 page score (2017) Zurich, Switzerland, 16’
Turning for Bass Clarinet and Percussion (2001), for Katie Porter &
Devin Maxwell, Valencia, CA, 20’
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