Katherine Young stopped by WFMU recently to record a set of solo bassoon music, much of the material drawn from her amazing 2009 Porter Records album, Further Secret Origins. And what are the origins of Katherine's playing? It's amazing to think of the territory she's blazing when it comes to the basson, a mellifluous instrument with a rather boring past. Sun Ra featured a bassoon now and then, and there's free jazz bassoonist Karen Borca, wife of Jimmy Lyons, and that's where my knowledge of interesting bassoonists ends.
Katherine's compositions, style and sound go futher, and her influences and musical experience are wide. She composes and performs in an array of chamber music, new music and improv settings with interesting collaborators. She's an erstwhile member of The Nightingales, the early-'80s UK punk band that was one of John Peel's favorite bands. She's played and recorded with members of Faust. And she's an ongoing member of Anthony Braxton's Falling River Quartet.
Does that list of collaborators tip you off to her sound? Probably not. Compositionally rich and sonically diverse, the tunes heard here are drawn from a bassoon and a bunch of effects pedals, nothing more. Big thanks to Mark Koch for engineering.
Katherine is doing a dual-headed solo tour going on now with the trumpet player Jacob Wick, heading south from Brooklyn. Remaining dates after the fold.
Mon 11/15 8PM @ SquidCo Records, Wilmington, NC
Tue 11/16 7PM @ 701CCA, Columbia, SC
Wed 11/17 8PM @ Dialect Design, Charlotte, NC
Fri 11/19 9PM @ Floorspace Gallery, Athens, GA
- produced w/ ATHICA: www.athica.org
Sat 11/20 8PM @ All Day Records, Carrboro, NC
Sun 11/21 8PM @ The Bridge, Charlottesville, VA