Cutting-edge New York pianist and Portland native
returns home
to kick off FearNoMusic’s
2014-15 season with Portland debut

fEARnoMUSIC presents Kathleen Supové:
The Exploding Piano

When: 8:00pm, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Where: Brunish Theatre, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

In the inaugural concert of their tenure as artistic and executive directors of Portland’s fEARnoMUSIC ensemble, Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi will present a solo recital by an artist with whom they share a common trajectory: Portland-born pianist Kathleen Supové, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, will return for her Portland solo debut at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the intimate Brunish Theatre at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

Supové, a major figure in the storied “Downtown” scene of New York contemporary music, will present a program of groundbreaking works that launch the traditional piano recital well into the 21st century. In the words of Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, “What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.”

New York City’s “Downtown School” of music has been at the forefront of the American avant-garde since the post-war era of John Cage and his contemporaries. In this program, Supové will perform works by the current generation of downtown luminaries: composers including Missy Mazzoli, Randall Woolf (Supové’s husband), Matt Marks, Annie Gosfield, Mohammed Fairouz and Carolyn Yarnell. Several works incorporate electronics with live performance, creating otherworldly illusions and the appearance of supernatural strength, hence, the “explosion” of the piano itself.

Kathleen Supove'

During her childhood in Portland, Supové was introduced to the piano at the now defunct Portland School of Music, followed by studies with Elesa Scott Keeney, whom Supové credits as deeply influential. Supové says of her early mentor, “If it hadn’t been for her, I might not have become a musician. I loved everything about her, and she really got me to love what I was doing.”

After earning her bachelor’s in music from California’s Pomona College and a master’s from The Juilliard School, Supové went on to win the top prize in the Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music and began her career as a guest artist at the prestigious Darmstadt Festival in Germany. She has championed the music of countless contemporary composers, including Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, Chinary Ung, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, John Adams, Alvin Curran, Randall Woolf, David Lang, Nick Didkovsky, Eve Beglarian, Daniel Bernard Roumain, John Zorn, Carolyn Yarnell, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Joan La Barbara, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty and many others. Supové has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Bang On a Can Marathon, Music at the Anthology, Composers’ Collaborative, Inc., and at venues ranging from concert halls (Carnegie Hall) to theatrical spaces (The Kitchen, The Flea Theater) to clubs (The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, The Stone).

Supové, who has commissioned more than 60 works, was honored with ASCAP’s 2012 John Cage award for “the artistry and passion for which she performs, commissions, records and champions the music of our time.” She has three solos recordings, with three more in the works.

In Bunch’s words, “’The Exploding Piano” will capture the unique energy of an intimate club in Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the New York City experimental art and music scene. For one night, Portland’s Brunish Theatre will transform into such a room, with Kathleen Supové as our intrepid, riveting guide through a dazzling array of music that redefines keyboard performance for a new generation.”

“I think that playing in one’s hometown has a special feeling about it,” says Supové. “You’re aware of your roots, you think about the forces that led you down the path you’re on, especially all the wonderful positive influences. You also feel like you’re giving a gift to those loved ones who are still around to receive it, and, in some way that is beyond religion or anything, the departed ones are also there in spirit.”

Supové’s father was Lawrence Supové, an engineer activist who lost Portland’s mayoral primary to Terry Schrunk in 1964. He passed away in 1966 when Kathleen was very young; her mother died several years later. Her sister and niece still live in Portland.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Reduced ticket prices are available for seniors, $20, and students, $15, with valid student ID. Tickets will go on sale at on Monday, August 18.

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Enter the fEARnoMUSIC CALL for SCORES!

Application and Guidelines:

Calling all Oregon composers: fEARnoMUSIC presents its first annual Call for Scores for our Locally Sourced Sounds concert in December of 2014.

  • Composers of ALL ages are encouraged to submit their new work scored for String Quartet (two violins, one viola, one cello)
  • Composers must reside in Oregon State
  • Submitted works must not have received any prior public performance
  • Duration: maximum 10 minutes
  • Materials to be submitted include
    • Fully notated score (including graphic notation, conceptual works)
    • Recording encouraged (including MIDI recording)
    • Application fee: $25 made out to fEARnoMUSIC
  • Materials will NOT be returned unless provided with a self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • Deadline for scores must be postmarked by November 1, 2014

Materials mailed to:
fEARnoMUSIC: Call for Scores
Attn: Kenji Bunch
P.O. Box 1262
Portland, OR 97207

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