Nebraska’s Own: Kate Campbell
January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pmFree - No Cost
Nebraska’s Own: Kate Campbell
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Trajectories
John Luther Adams, Tukiliit
Missy Mazzoli, Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos
Caroline Shaw, Gustave LeGray
T E N D
To regularly move in a certain direction
To frequently behave in a particular way
To give one’s attention to
Latin tenere, to stretch
TEND is a practice as well as a program. It is music toward which I intuitively gravitate, and the majority of these pieces are those that make up my personal canon. This program of contemporary music exemplifies a range of outer and inner landscapes, especially those to which we always return. This music can dive deeply into socio-political questions without shouting or preaching. It doesn’t demand that you appreciate its importance. These are truly contemporary pieces that speak to a range of emotion, environment, and texture.
A program that heavily features composers of various genders and backgrounds is not simply a curatorial means to an end, but rather the organic result of engaging with the art and community that is happening now, around all of us. While it ranges from Pulitzer-winning composers to emerging contemporaries, each piece is the result of a personal connection. I tend toward these pieces often, and I am happy to share them with you.
About Kate Campbell
Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st-century music. She has worked closely with many of the most prominent composers of our time and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism to “sleek and spirited” minimalism (SF Chronicle).
Kate is the pianist for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players under the direction of Steve Schick, and the Eco Ensemble in Berkeley, CA. She is the co-founder and pianist of the interdisciplinary duo K A T E S, which intertwines new solo piano music with new dance. The duo has been featured at NYSoundCircuit, Dance Conversations Festival at the Flea Theater in New York, and will be in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Fall 2017. This year she will continue a guest artist residency at California State University East Bay, workshopping and premiering works by faculty and student composers. She is also proud to be one of the founding organizers for Omaha Under the Radar Festival, featuring new music, dance, and theater in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Other recent highlights include an onscreen debut as the toy pianist in Lisa Bielawa’s streaming opera Vireo on KCET and KQED, and being honored as a distinguished fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts.
Kate is on the faculty at Mills College. She can be heard on New Amsterdam Records, Pinna Records, and New Focus Recordings.
Kate Campbell in the press
“Brilliant pianist.” – Financial Times
“Powerful player.” – Santa Cruz Sentinel
“Focused and beautifully sculpted performance.” – San Francisco Classical Voice