Friday, February 2, 2018

For Daphne and Delia

February 20, 2018, I will be premiering a new work for improvising bassoonist, electronics, and low, percussive instruments with the LAPhil New Music Group and John Adams (conductor).

Friday, October 6, 2017

When stranger things happen

This is probably the biggest production of my career. Members of Ensemble Dal Niente and I have been working for months and months with soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, conductor Michael Lewanski, director Emmi Hilger, projections designer Kera MacKenzie, scenic designer Nicholas Schwartz, and lighting designer Jessica Doyle to bring my monodrama When stranger things happen to the stage.

The piece is about mysteries: mysteries of things we've lost, mysteries of things we've made, and mysteries of who we become along the way. 

You will hear whirring fans, sludgy power chords, electro-acoustic bassoon shenanigans, and footsteps. Amidst this, a woman searches for her voice - finding lots of noisy and beautiful things along the way.

Please come!!

OCTOBER 20-21 @7pm
OCTOBER 22 @ 3pm

The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway

Photo by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett of Kera MacKenzie, Emmi Hilger, and me during a shoot for the projections at Shanghai Inn.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer & Fall 2017

Sun 6/18 - Till by Turning
at MASS Gallery, Austin, TX
presented by Church of the Friendly Ghost
with Henna Chou

Mon 6/19 - Till by Turning performs Jessica Pavone's Quotidian
at Me Mer Mo Monday, Austin, TX
presented by Church of the Friendly Ghost
with Henna Chou

Wed 6/21 - Joshua Abrams, Matt Lux & KAY
with Yonatan Gat, Brian Chase & Sergio Sayeg
Constellation, Chicago

Tue 6/27 - joining J@K@L
Keefe Jackson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Julian Kirschner
at the Burlington, Chicago / 9pm

Sun 8/6 - with Ben Lamar Gay and Ryan Packard
performing in conjunction with Jordan Martins's installation "Stay out come in stay in come out"
at Comfort Station, Chicago / 6:30pm

Fri 8/11 - with Matthew Mehlan and New Pope
Comfort Station, Chicago

Sun 8/13 - TECHNE Benefit show!
Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe, TALSounds, and Jenna Lyle, Jessie Marino, and me
at Constellation, Chicago / 8:30pm, $10 in advance

Sat 8/19 - Frank Willens "sixty minutes toward being there"
music for Willens' work for solo performer 
at Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago / 7pm

Thu 9/21 - improvising and performing music by George Lewis with Dal Niente 
at Art Institute of Chicago

Fri 9/29 - with Mark Fell
at Chicago Cultural Center

Fri 10/20-Sun 10/22 - Piece Her Together with Dal Niente
Dal Niente premieres my monodrama When stranger things happen
at the Edge Theater, Chicago

Thu 11/30 - Ben Lamar Gay, Sam Pluta and Katherine Young
at Elastic, Chicago / 9:30pm

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New release: All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood

Sam Pluta, Kyle Bruckmann and I have some new tracks up thanks to Vijay Anderson and MinusZero.

Download and listen here.

All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.
Lots of awesome folks involved in this project. Collect them all!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Winter & Spring 2017

2/11 - with Stephan Moore & KG Price as part of Merce Cunningham: Common Time
MCA, Chicago 60611

2/17 - with Austin Wulliman
part of the 2nd annual Frequency Festival 
Constellation, Chicago 60618

2/23 - with Anne La Berge, Dana Jessen & Sam Pluta
Elastic Arts, Chicago 60647

3/10 - Distractfold premieres bow breath crow for amplified string trio & spatialized electronics
at the Cut 'n' Splice Festival
Hallé St. Peter, Manchester M4 6BF

3/13 - Architeuthis Walks on Land
with Stephanie Richards + Phantom Station
The Loft at UCSD

3/18 - Architeuthis Walks on Land 
with Judith Hamann + Suzanne Thorpe and Haydeé Jiménez and visuals by Xavier Vasquez
presented by Space Time at Bread and Salt

4/14 - Silke Ebehart group
at Elastic Arts

5/14 - The Life You Save May Be Your Own 
performed by the [Switch~ Ensemble]
at Elastic Arts

5/27 - Fonema Consort's record release show!
Fonema recorded my piece Master of Disguises for their Parlour Tapes+ release Fifth Tableau.
Weston Olencki performs puddles and crumbs.
at Experimental Sound Studio

Download the whole album here!
Read the Chicago Reader's review.

5/28 - Third Coast Percussion premieres just water, no lemon
Emerging Composer's commission for four percussionists
at Constellation

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fall 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - Aurora Nealand, KAY & Friends
@ The Hungry Brain, Chicago
with The Few, Helen Gillet, James Singleton, Jeff Albert Quartet

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Matt Barbier plays puddles and crumbs
@ Automata, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Nico Couck performs Earhart & the Queen of Spades
@ BKA Theater, Berlin

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Solo and with Dave Rempis, Albert Wildeman & Ryan Packard
@ The Oberlin Modern Music Guild, Oberlin, OH

October 7, 2016 - Matt Barbier performs puddles and crumbs 
@ WasteLAnd, Los Angeles

Monday, October 10, 2016 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW premieres where the moss glows for eight players, amplification & electronics
@ Harris Theater, Chicago - part of the Ear Taxi Festival

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Kyle Bruckman, Sam Pluta & KAY
@ Elastic Arts, Chicago

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Fred Lonberg-Holm, Roland Ramanam & KAY
@ Elastic Arts, Chicago

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Ensemble Dal Niente performs like a halo
@ Garrison Theater, Claremont, CA

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - Nico Couck plays Earhart & the Queen of Spades at Transit Festival
@ STUK, Leuven

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Peter Evans, Sam Pluta, Ben Lamar Gay & KAY
@ Constellation, Chicago

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Dan Peck & Jacob Greenberg of ICE perform Underworld (Dancing)
@ Abrons Art Center, NYC

Summer 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016 - Open Ears Festival: KAY Solo
@ The Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario, CA
with Bernice & Tenderness

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - Mark Shippy, Erica Dicker, Aaron Zarzutzki & KAY
@ Elastic Arts, Chicago
with Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio & Michael Vallera 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Till by Turning performs Jessica Pavone's Quotidian
@ The Stone, NYC

Friday, July 29, 2016 - Claudia Solal, Benoit Delbecq & KAY
@ 19 rue Paul Fort 75014 Paris

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - Nico Couck premieres Earhart & the Queen of Spades for solo electric guitar & electronics
@ Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany

Monday, August 29, 2016 - John Niekrasz, Shawn Decker & KAY
@ Experimental Sound Studio: Option Series