Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Sun 6/8 - Puddles and Crumbs for trombone & electronics 
Weston Olencki premieres the first part of a work-in-progress!
@ Northwestern University

Mon 6/9 - PRETTY MONSTERS + Jessica Pavone
@ Quinn's, Beacon, New York

Tues 6/10 - 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012 with Anthony Braxton hits the streets!

Wed 6/11 - PRETTY MONSTERS + Jessica Pavone + Tom Rainey / Matt Nelson / Dan Peck
Silent Barn Brooklyn, NEW YORK

Sun 6/15 - SOLO + Jessica Pavone + Rosie Langabeer
@Random Tea Room

Wed 6/25 - recording session with ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE for our upcoming release on Parlour Tapes+

* pre-order the limited edition 8 channel box set here! *

with Troy Schafer, Casey Anderson &; Scott Cazen
@Elastic, Chicago

Thu 7/10 - SOLO Set
@Comfort Station Chicago

Sat 7/12 - Puddles and Crumbs for trombone & electronics 
Weston Olencki performs my piece as part of the Under the Radar Festival
Omaha, NE

Sun 7/27 - Coppice + Katherine Young | Weston Olencki 
@Constellation - 8:30 PM

8/2 - Summer Festival of Being and Becoming
performing as part of an Arthur Russell tribute event at Kunsthaus Bregenz with Joel Gibb from Hidden Cameras

8/3-8/17 - Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music
participation in workshops with Simon Steen-Andersen and ensemble soundinitiative, as well as with Martin Iddon and Distractfold.

8/21 - Luftbrücke and ON Neue Musik Köln present Summer Pairs, a night of improvised music > > > > KatherineYoung/Brad Henkel (USA), Jooklo Duo (IT), Klirrlicht (DE)
@ Kunsthaus Rhenania, Bayenstraße 28 Köln - 20:30

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring 2014!

4/17-4/19: Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) with the Tri-Centric Orchestra 
@Roulette, NYC

4/18: Joann Cho premieres For Elaeth for solo piano
as part of her "Eleath Songs" commissioning project

4/20: Architeuthis Walks on Land
Amy Cimini (viola) + Katherine Young (bassoon)
@Spectrum Gallery, 121 Ludlow
8:30 PM

4/29: Ensemble Mocrep performs The Life You Save May Be Your Own 
for amplified flute, bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion and 8-channel tape
{Chicago premiere!}
@DePaul University School of Music Concert Hall
8 PM

5/15: Ensemble Mocrep performs The Life You Save May Be Your Own
for amplified flute, bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion and multi-channel tape (4-channel version)
@DePaul University

5/17: Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey Duo
Excited to sit in - along with Tomeka Reid - for the second set with these amazing musicians!
@Constellation, 3111 N. Western 60618

5/19: Eric Leonardson, Carol Genetti, Albert Wildeman & Katherine Young
@Myopic Books

5/21: Slice Series: Peter Maunu (guitar, mandolin, violin), Albert Wildeman (bass) & Katherine Young
@The Beat Kitchen

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feb-March 2014: 3 premieres +

2/9 - Spektral Quartet Sampler Pack
Austin Wulliman and I will perform excertps from Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight

2/28 - Paul Rowley's film - created for the music of Till by Turning's Four Chambered Heart, Mvmt 8 - at Les Recontres Internationales in Paris!

3/9 - In collaboration with visual artist Sae Jun Kim,
I'm contributing a sound installation and solo performance to the exhibit "Call & Response" at the Evanston Art Center.

The show is up March 9-April 13. Opening day performance at 2:45.

3/18 - Dal Niente premieres like a halo, only involving dust and water, not ice
for prepared violin, soprano, alto sax, horn, harp & piano with amplification

at the New Sounds Festival at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo!

3/19 - Fonema Consort premieres Master of Disguises
for 2 sopranos, bass clarinet & tenor saxophone

New Music in the Park – Singing Instruments
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660
7:30 PM

3/19 - Spektral Quartet releases their mobile minis RING TONE project!
8:30 pm

Monday, January 13, 2014

January Concerts

1/17 - ICP & The Whammies Present Small Groups
Excited to play with Jorrit Dijkstra and Jason Stein - sharing the bill with some of the best!
Han Bennink, Ari Brown, Jason Roebke, Jeb Bishop, Mary Oliver, Tomeka Reid, Pandelis Karayorgis, Mike Reed, Josh Berman

Constellation, 3111 N. Western, 60618

1/21 - sfSoundSalonSeries : : George Cremaschi, Katherine Young, and sfSoundGroup perform solo and group improvisations

center for new music, 55 taylor, san francisco 94133

Friday, January 3, 2014

Diligence in the Blogosphere

What made Diligence so satisfying was that it brought the greatest strengths of both composer and performer into bold relief. Young’s compositional hallmarks—her visceral approach to sound; her organic use of repetition, structure, and pacing; her attentiveness to the smallest details of timbre; her adventurousness in using instruments in unexpected ways—made the work feel like a living thing, breathing and unfolding as the evening progressed. And Wulliman’s strongest characteristics as a performer—his intensity of focus, his absolute commitment to each musical gesture—made listeners feel that the pair’s collaborative vision was being fully embodied in each moment. - New Music Box
Read Ellen McSweeney's complete review on New Music Box here

Peter Margasak preview of the premiere on his Chicago Reader blog:

Doyle Armbrust gave us a shout-out on Universal Music's uclassics Instagram:

Andrew Tham interviewed us for the ACM blog: preview of the premiere:

Diligence: Teaser Video

This video offers a quick tour through "Diligence Is To Magic As Progress Is To Flight," my project with violinist Austin Wulliman. The product of intensely close collaboration, this piece includes many modes of notated and improvised performance in the course of its 50 minutes. The pieces for solo violin grow organically out of an 8-channel sound installation. 

Video created and edited by Andrew Tham.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall 2013

The product of over a year of work, Diligence comprises 3 pieces for solo violin, 1 piece for solo viola, and 1 piece for violin and chamber orchestra. These pieces are presented as part of an audio installation built from recordings of an array of instruments. Wulliman will navigate the performance using these instruments, which have been retuned and prepared so that each finds a unique niche within the overall work’s sonic ecosystem. Incorporating visual elements, including a video score that will be interpreted live, Diligence conjures a multi-layered environment. Employing amplification to bring out small sounds, Young will control the soundworld’s mix, manipulate samples live, and work with a detuned electric guitar.

Members of Chicago’s new music community, including performers from Spektral Quartet, Dal Niente and Third Coast Percussion, will perform in the chamber orchestra piece conducted by Michael Lewanski.

Friday 9/27 - 8 PM doors; 8:30 performance
Saturday 9/28 - gallery hours 2-6 PM
Defibrillator1136 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60642
$15/$5 students

ESS presents an evening of performances by Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg-Holm and Katherine Young. All proceeds will support the Malachi Ritscher Legacy Commissions, a new initiative of the Creative Audio Archive. Artists who feature in the recordings of the Ritscher Collection will be paired with musicians newer to the scene to advise them as they use the materials in the collection to inspire and inform the creation of new work.

Saturday 9/21 - 10 PM

Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor, 60622
$15/$10 students & members

An evening of performances for acoustic musicians + brain, muscle, and protein interfaces with Josh Oberman, Daniel Wyche,  Jeff Kimmel, Paul Giallorenzo, Katherine Young, and Naomi Sato

Friday 10/25 - 9:30 PM

Elastic Arts, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, 60618

Very excited for Spektral Quartet to premiere a new arrangement I'm making of Arthur Russell's "Hiding Your Present from You." They've got a great program, including many works by Chicago composers lined up, as they celebrate the release of their recording CHAMBERS.

Saturday 10/26 - 8:30 PM
Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, 60618

To celebrate Halloween, I'll be participating in Comfort Station's "Ghost Variations" Albert Ayler tribute.

Thursday 10/31
Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60647

ENSEMBLE RECHERCHE PREMIERES "graveled crumbled strewn"
As part of their Northwestern residency, Ensemble Recherche will premiere my new piece for oboe, bass clarinet and string trio, along with pieces by Joan Pamies, Eliza Brown, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, Morgan Krauss, David Reminick, and Mihal Massoud.

Thursday 11/7 - 7:30 PM
Lutkin Hall 60208