Kate Soper



Thursday, October 20 at 11:00pm

$15 ($12 with SONiCPass)

What The Words Say: Text by Lydia Davis; Kate Soper, voice; Erin Lesser, flutes


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Kate Soper is a New York-based composer and performer. Her current compositional interests include the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the transformation of visceral gestures in and out of time, and the potential of the human voice to communicate abstractly (or not). She likes Xenakis, Feldman, and Pergolesi, could spend all day singing Machaut and has lately found inspiration in the art of Marina Abramovic, the poetry of Laura Mullen and the writings of Andrea Cavarero. She also enjoys the films of Carl Dreyer and will someday soon have read every Iris Murdoch novel. In addition to concert music, Kate has written music for theatre and dance and has worked extensively as a piano-based singer-songwriter.

Kate's orchestral work Entre Les Calanques was selected for the 2011 American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings. She has received awards from the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Music Theory Society of New York State, and has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center/Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Museum of Biblical Art, Yarn/Wire, and the Kenners. Her work has been performed by ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, S.E.M., the Ensemlbe Linea, the Knights string orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, the Due East Ensemble, the Second Instrumental Unit, and Newspeak. As a singer with experience in Western Classical and Indian Carnatik music, pop music, and improvisation, she performs frequently as a new music soprano and has performed in US and world premieres of works by Beat Furrer, George Lewis, Alex Mincek, and Richard Carrick, among others.

Kate is Managing Director and vocalist of Wet Ink, a new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out and promoting innovative music across aesthetic categories. She received her Bachelor of Music in composition from Rice Universtiy in 2003 and her D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University, where her teachers have included Fred Lerdahl, Mario Davidovsky, Fabien Lévy, and Tristan Murail. She was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan.