“What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.”
“This was classical music played like the best rock’n’roll. It was passionate, earnest, loud and more complex than the gatekeepers of high culture would like to think. Brava.”
In May, 2012, Kathleen Supové received the ASCAP John Cage Award for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.”
Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist in today’s world. In addition to her compelling virtuosity, she is also known for her inventive ways of breaking down the wall between performer and audience. After winning top prizes in the Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music, she began her career as a guest artist at the prestigious Darmstadt Festival in Germany. Since then, Ms. Supové has presented solo concerts entitled The Exploding Piano, in which she has championed the music of countless contemporary composers—minimalists, postminimalists, and experimentalists. Among these are: Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley (including the all-star historic performance of “In C” in Carnegie Hall, curated by the Kronos Quartet, with the composer performing), Chinary Ung, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, John Adams, Morton Subotnick, Joan La Barbara, Jacob TV (Ter Veldhuis), Alvin Curran, Randall Woolf, David Lang, Nick Didkovsky, Eve Beglarian, Missy Mazzoli, Mohammed Fairouz, Anna Clyne, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Corey Dargel, John Zorn, Carolyn Yarnell, Gene Pritsker, Paula Matthusen, Annie Gosfield, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jacob Cooper, Matt Marks, Marita Bolles, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Marti Epstein, Arlene Sierra, Patrick Grant, Michael Gatonska, Dan Becker, Elaine Kaplinsky, Dafna Naphtali, Jed Distler, Belinda Reynolds, Gameboy composer Bubblyfish, and many others.
The Exploding Piano is a multimedia experience, using electronics, video, theatrical elements, vocal rants, staging, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Notable solo projects include:
- JITTERS, an evening-length staged piece for singing/reciting/moving pianist (music by Randall Woolf and texts/directing by Valeria Vasilevski)
- AIR RIGHTS, a staged work about pianos and real estate
- KATHLEEN SUPOVE’ AND THE ELECTRIC SHEEP, a staged evening set in a post-apocalyptic mountain cabin, featuring the LEMUR musical robots
- DIGITAL DEBUSSY, in progress, a multi- dimensional, large commissioning project taking its inspiration from the relevance and inspiration of Claude Debussy in the 21st Century
Exploding Piano concerts have original monologues and theatrical sketches surrounding the pieces. Kathleen, a Yamaha Artist, is working on a long-term project of commissioning a body of works for Yamaha Disklavier. She has played with balloons, ping pong balls, and other objects inside the piano, and has performed with Sideband, the laptop orchestra from Princeton University. Recently, she premiered a choreographed kickboxing piano concerto, BATTERY, by Randall Woolf.
- Dance: The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Susan Marshall and Co., Heidi Latsky, and Nami Yamamoto
- Video: R. Luke DuBois, Adam Kendall, Peter Kirn, and Eric Wenger
- Theater Directors: Emma Griffin, Valeria Vasilevski, and Yvan Greenberg
Ms. Supové has received numerous commissioning and production grants from Meet The Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Greenwall Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and American Composers Forum, among others.
She has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Bang On a Can Marathon, Southbank Centre in London, performance spaces at universities such as Stanford, New College, Cal State Fullerton, and at many other venues, ranging from concert halls such as Carnegie, to theatrical spaces such as The Flea Theater and HERE Arts Center, to clubs such as Le Poisson Rouge. She has been an artist-in- residence at The Flea Theater in NYC, where many Exploding Piano concerts received their theatrical production premieres. She has been a featured performer at a number of important festivals, including The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival (Pomona College, Claremont, CA); the NIME Festival (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) in New York City; the Approximation Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany); Club Contemporary Classical (Berlin, Germany); the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (Mannes College The New School for Music), and the SEAMUS Conference (Wesleyan University, CT).
In 2004, Ms. Supové released a solo CD, INFUSION, on the Koch International Classics (now eOne) label. Her most recent solo CD is THE EXPLODING PIANO. They are available through CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other sales outlets. Other recordings can be found on the Tzadik, CRI, Innova, New World, Neuma, Bridge, Centaur, OO, and XI labels. Besides being a soloist, Kathleen is a member of the art-rock band of Nick Didkovsky, Dr. Nerve, and the Susie Ibarra Trio/Quartet.
“What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.” Anthony Tommasini, NY Times
In May, 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.”
Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today’s world. After winning top prizes in the Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music, she began her career as a guest artist at the prestigious Darmstadt Festival in Germany. Since then, Ms. Supové has annually presented a series of solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO. In this series, she has performed and premiered works by a list of established and emerging composers that’s a Who’s Who of contemporary music for piano. She has especially championed music of compelling virtuosity and audience connection. The Exploding Piano is a multimedia experience using electronics, theatrical elements, vocal rants, staging, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. Through her composer collaborations, she has been an integral part of creating a repertory of pieces for piano and electronics.
Recent projects include recording the complete PIANO MINIATURES by Mohammed Fairouz; a multi-composer commissioning series, DIGITAL DEBUSSY, being recorded for the Innova label; a performance at Southbank Centre, London, of URBAN BIRDS by Arlene Sierra as part of Britain’s New Music Biennial. In March 2014, she premiered Randall Woolf’s choreographed kickboxing Concerto, BATTERY, in New York City; an upcoming to be recorded for the Starkland label in 2015.
Kathleen Supové is a Yamaha Artist. She performs in a wide variety of spaces, from concert halls, to theaters, to universities, to alternative galleries and clubs.
Her latest solo CD is THE EXPLODING PIANO; this and INFUSION are available through CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes, and other outlets. Ms. Supové is also the keyboard player for the art-rock band, Dr. Nerve, as well as the Susie Ibarra Trio/Quartet. For more info, visit www.supove.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter (@supove).
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In May 2012, Kathleen Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile new music pianists, continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today’s world. Ms. Supové presents solo concerts under the title of THE EXPLODING PIANO. A striking presence onstage, she has performed with computers, robots, and laptop orchestra. Recently, she premiered a 2 hour long, immersive composition, “Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field” by Dylan Mattingly, as well as a kickboxing concerto, “Battery”, by Randall Woolf.
Recent projects include two solo CDs: The Debussy Effect, released on New Focus Recordings in October 2016; the other, title TBA, with vocalizing, extended techniques, and noise-based effects, will be released on Starkland in 2018. Visit www.supove.com or follow on Facebook.