High Zero 2006
The 8th Edition of High Zero September 7th-20th, 2006. Concerts at Theatre Project September 14th-17th
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The following individuals will be performing in 100% all-new collaborations during High Zero 2006--

From Afar:

  • Jac Berrocal
    trumpet, voice

    "Actor, poet, trumpet player, performer; a star emblemic of chaos, Jac Berrocal has burned his way through the undergournd since 1971, the year he created his "Musik Ensmeble." Coming as much from free music, and influenced by the Renaissance songs he heard as a child, he formed the legendary "Rock N' Roll Station" with the dark archangel of the sixties, Vince Taylor. He has recorded with intense artisst such as the poet Jacques Doyen, the Queen of accordion Yvette Horner, the guitarist Jean-Francois Pavros; played with forceful drummers like Sunny Murray, Jacques Thollot, Dennis Charles, Gilbert Artman, Jonathen Kabne (Swans) and Jaki Liebezeit. One sees him with weird and deranged groups like "Ctalogue," "MKB," and "Bad Boys" in France, "Nurse with Wound" in England, "Telectu" in Portugal, James Chance in the USA. Incurrable clown, white flecked with silver, "the man with the broken trumpet" tears the night with his electric cries." -- Marion Schonnenberg

  • Alessandro Bosetti
    saxophone, electronics

    Was born in Milan, Italy in 1973. Composer,saxophonist and sound artist. almost all his work in sound art has been based on the musicality of speech, on investigating the sonic qualities of interactions, misunderstanding, and translation. so far, he produced pieces for radio, electro-acoustic compositions, and pieces for ensemble and installations. His background and parallel present is that of being a soprano sax player in improvised and experimental music contexts. generally speaking, he's probably an overthinking musician re-negotiating his musical practice each time and taking this re-negotiation into the artwork itself.

    It has been said : " i have a friend. he eats fast. he talks fast. he walks fast. he treats himself, and his heart. fast. there is a time when i am with him. together we eat slow. together we talk slow. together we walk slow. i treat him, and his heart. slow".

  • Kyle Bruckmann
    oboe, synthesizer
    San Francisco

    With a history of conservatory training gone awry, oboist and electronic musician Kyle Bruckmann combines the rigorous discipline of a classical foundation wit raucous sensibilities more indebted to punk's after math in a dizzying variety of artistic endeavors. International touring and appearances on more than 30 recordings have led to his recognition as " a modern day renaissance musician" (Dusted Magazine) and a "seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair" (All Music Guide)

    From 1996 until his westward relocation, he had been a fixture in multiple sectors of Chicago's thriving experimental music underground, with frequent collaborators including Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Olivia Block, Guillermo Gregorio, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Robbie Hinsinger, Ernst Karel, and Michael Zerang. Ongoing affiliations include EKG, the "rock" monstrosity Lozenge and the quintet Wrack. Since moving to San Francisco in 2003, he has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the region while joining forces with the new music collective sfSound and working regularly with a cast of improvisers including Lance Grabmiller, Phillip Greenlief, Matt Ingalls, John Ingle, John Shiurba, Karen Stackpole, Gino Robair, and Scott Rosenberg.

  • Chiara Giovando
    voice, violin, electronics

    Chiara Giovando was born in northern New Mexico in 1976. She moved to Baltimore in 2002 in order to participate in a community of musicians and artists involved in transgressive consciousness. Her musical psyche is an amalgamation of intuition and critical thought. This can be a tumultuous union, at times leading to rash judgementalism, at other times to the detailed expression of sensed truths. She uses empathic prejudice in order to communicate her music. She has toured to several cities in America as well as performing in Berlin, Hong Kong, Tai Wan, and Rome. Her career has been jarred by abrupt periods of self imposed isolation, but this has left chiara with an indispensable quality of passage.

  • Forbes Graham

    Forbes Graham was born in Washington, DC and raised in Silver Spring, MD. He picked up the cornet at the age of nine and got ahold of a trumpet at 14. He co-founded the hyper technical metal band Thoughtstreams just after finishing college. This group stretched far beyond the neo-classical and jazz fusion influences common in progressive metal, moving forward into 20th century harmony and electronica. At a blazing pace.

    Once Thoughtstreams had expired, Forbes moved to Providence, RI and joined Kayo Dot, a rather enigmatic "chamber metal" ensemble. Time in New England exposed him to many other Boston based musicians and eventually he moved to the Boston metro area where he is now working with Kayo Dot, Fully Celebrated Orchestra, The Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra and Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble.

    He could almost be considered the trumpet player of choice for adventurous rock or metal groups, having performed either on stage or in the studio with the likes of The Flying Luttenbachers, Daughters, The Foundation Movement, Erase Errata, A Trillion Barnacle Lapse, Love Life, The Red Chord, and Infidel?/Castro! amongst others.

    Although he has many influences, from drum n' bass and hip hop to the farthest reaches of trumpet extended technique, his foremost goal in music is to express humanity with humility. He is well known and liked by fellow musicians not just for his instrumental skill, but also for his keen ear and ability to listen, to not play as well as to play.

  • Leonel Kaplan

    Leonel Kaplan (BsAs, Argentina 21/11/73) is largely a self-taught musician, and one of the undoubtedly most commited and subtle south american musicians currently active on the international improvised music scene.

    After many formatives years as a local free jazz figure, was the discovery of free improvisation, which led him to understand how to take maximum advantage of those aspects of his instrument directly linked to air itself. Thus, the physical nature of the instrument and the presence of air as the bearer of sound, became fundamental points of reference in his quest for a personal language, in which he draws away from the tradition of the trumpet in order to draws ever closer to its nature. In this process, he also found himself as a musician.

    During the past years Kaplan has collaborated with improvisers such as: Michel Doneda, Bhob Rainey, Xavier Charles, Lê Quan Ninh, Jack Wright, Ivar Grydeland, Sean Meehan, Tatsuya Nakatani, Axel Dörner, Wade Matthews and Ingar Zach between many others outstanding musicians. He also currently works in the music and dance world with Andrea Fernandez and Nicole Bindler and runs his own music label, called Three Chairs Recordings.

  • Uchihashi Kazuhisa
    voice, guitar, electronics

    Kazuhisa Uchihashi was born in Osaka in 1959. He started playing guitar at the age of 12, and played in folk and rock bands in junior high and high school. While a student at Osaka University of Foreign Languages, he learned jazz technique and started playing in clubs and studios. Since about 1983 he has actively developed music centered on free improvisation, and expanded the possibilities of the electric guitar by innovating various sound effects.

    In 1988, Uchihashi joined First Edition, a jazz-oriented improvisational band formed by drummer Yasuhiro Yoshigaki. (The band is still in existence: besides Uchihashi and Yoshigaki, it now includes trombonist Yutaka Ohara, sax players Hiroyuki Shiotani and Eiichiro Arasaki, and bassist Osamu Mihara.) In Osaka in 1990, Uchihashi and Yoshigaki formed the band Altered States with electric bassist Mitsuru Nasuno. They played jazz clubs initially, but soon began to feel the jazz category was limiting. While retaining the original trio format (often adding a guest musician), they have pursued a freer group improvisation style, incorporating rock textures. Altered States has played at a number of music festivals in and out of Japan, including the Tokyo New Jazz Festival in 1992; the Tallinn (Estonia) International Festival and the Vilnius (Lithuania) Jazz Festival (both featuring turntable and guitar player Yoshihide Otomo) in '93; the Tactlos Festival in Switzerland, Tokyo Noise Core at the Knitting Factory in New York, the Festival Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville, Canada, and the Fourth International Now Music Festival Sapporo (Japan) in '95; festival Beyond Innocence in Kobe and the Yokohama Jazz Promenade in Japan in '96; and in '97, the Ring Ring Festival in Belgrade, and the LMC Festival in London. In 1994 and '97 they played in Japan with alto sax player Ned Rothenberg.

  • George Lewis
    trombone, electronics
    New York

    George Lewis, improvisor-trombonist, composer and computer/installation artist, is the Edwin H. Case Professor of Music at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in 2002, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. He has explored electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and notated forms. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work as composer, improvisor, performer and interpreter is documented on more than 120 recordings, and his published articles on music, experimental video, visual art, and cultural studies have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes.

  • Cooper Moore
    self-built instruments
    New York

    "I am a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments,living and working in New York City. A native of the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I began studying piano at age eight. Four years later, I was listening to the musics of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and working on improvisation.

    Moving to New York in 1973, I leased the five-floor 501 Canal Street building and transformed it into an artist live-in/work space, making possible numerous experimentations between performing and visual artists. While my attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, I began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City." - Cooper Moore

  • Christine Sehnaoui
    alto saxophone

    Born in 1978 and living in France, Christine is from Lebanese origins. It is with the discovering of improvised music in 1997 that Christine Sehnaoui decided to start her own autodidact study of sound experimentation on the alto saxophone. She began playing with orchestras like the MOTORCHESTRA or IVRAIE resident at Instants Chavirés in Montreuil, and in different regular formations. Her main musical partners include Stéphane Rives, Quentin Dubost, Agnès Palier, Sebastien Bouhana, and Mazen Kerbaj. For the past few years, she has been working with the field of dance (Butoh and contemporary dance) and also she undertakes an ongoing research on musical pedagogy (concerts for children, intervention in schools). Since 2001, she has contributed to develop improvisation in her country of origins, Lebanon, where she co-organizes the annual festival of improvised music in Lebanon, called « Irtijal ». Apart from this, she has a BA on Sociology and she works in an independent DVD label of experimental cinema (LOWAVE), whose objective is to discover and promote contemporary film and video art.

  • Dave Smolen
    percussion, electronics

    Smolen began playing music at age 10 on the trumpet for 2 years, then later switched to drums at 12. He went on to play rock music for 8 years. His interest in live processing of drums began with the use of analogue phaser and ring modulator effects. After continual practice with this minimal setup, he gradually created one that consisted of ring modulators, reverb units, equalized distortion, multi-modulation/oscillation effects, an open circuit board of a digital chorus pedal, and additionally 2 loop pedals.

    The electronic configuration encapsulates the original acoustic sounds produced by snare drum, firebell/assorted bells and electric sounds including feedback, removed/broken inputs,flipped effect switches and circuit bending; with new pitches, increased or decreased intensity and a newly shaped sound foundation. Each sound is either left live or looped, where they are reset at various tempos and/or enveloped in an overall reprocessed pitch.

    Smolen collaborates mainly with Philly locals, John Heron (Make a Rising) in a proc. perc./el. duo and Joe Lentini (Max MSP) in Clown Food.He has toured with Evan Lipson and Alex Nagle (Normal Love) for Nagle's composition, Flittermice of Eld. Additonally, he has recently released a CD, "Feedlines," on Mike Anton Parker's new label, Sprout and recorded his first compostion this past summer, which made its debut at Baltimore's composition listening group, Sound Pillow.

  • Jackie "Oblivia" Stewart
    turntables, electronics

    Jackie Stewart started performing sound in 1979. in Portland, Oregon. Mostly performing within a "group" until 2001, when performed a D.J. "throw down" of sorts....as both D.J.'s performed at the same time.....it did end up as a collaboration. First bands, "the improvs" 1979, "Spy vs spy"1980, "Babylon 2000"1981- 1983,"Smegma" 1982-present.... started experimenting on the guitar. very much enjoy vocals. found my focus on the turntables! My visual art medium is assemblage or collage. So it comes naturally to assemble sounds. i enjoy hearing how beautiful or humorous "mixing" can be. just like i love the way things come together visually when assembling "cut ups".

    with the band "smegma" i often can enjoy a freedom of expression, totally unrestricted and of my own: as in i choose to interpret what my part will sound like. it has enabled me to learn much about recording and live performance.

    my solo efforts have been few, as it truly is more comfortable for me to perform with in a group. i have done solo pieces for audio recording and one video piece.

  • Roger Turner
    drums, percussion

    One of the great second wave of British free improvisors, Roger Turner grew up amongst the Canterbury musical life of the 1960s with a strong broad jazz root. His first formal performance in improvisation was in duo with Chris Biscoe for the British Council, Brighton in 1966. He moved to London in 1968 and worked with the Ghanian drum ensemble Mask and toured with the experimental and innovative Ritual Theatre.

    Since 1974, he has primarily concentrated on opening the way to a more personal percussion language. Extensive solo work followed (including concerts at the Bracknell Jazz Festival and the Bruxelles Festival of Percussion) and he was also granted two Arts Council bursaries (1980 and 1983) for investigation into percussion and electronics. It was during this period that he recorded his solo LP The blur between, though it focusses on very specific aspects of percussion and certainly does not represent his wide current interests.

    Roger Turner's current main collaborations are The tradition trio with Alan Silva and Johannes Bauer; The Recedents with Lol Coxhill and Mike Cooper; Konk Pack with Tim Hodgkinson and Thomas Lehn; The Phil Minton Quartet with Veryan Weston and John Butcher; duos with John Russell and Phil Minton.

  • Fuyuki Yamakawa
    throat singing, guitar

    Fuyuki Yamakawa picks up and amplifies the sound of his heartbeat with an electronic stethoscope. At the same time this triggers the lighting of a series of light bulbs that oscillate simultaneously with the heartbeats, themselves cadenced to the rhythm of his 'Khoomei', a form of popular Tuvan (central asian) overtone singing in which Yamakawa excels, characterised by diplophonia, which is the contemporary emission of two sounds requiring total control of one`s breathing. Through his vocalisation, he controls his heartbeat`s speed and velocity. The CD 'ANIMAMIMA' (collaboration with Keiji Haino, Daikiti Yoshida) has released from aRCHIVE recordings in last june.





From Baltimore:

  • Samuel Burt
    clarinets, computer

    Samuel Burt was born in Alabama in 1980. He has lived mostly in mountainous regions of Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. He grew up with the sounds of out-of-tune pianos, undisciplined congregational singing, and an Atari XE computer. Disorderly marching band conduct in high school and an introduction to modern composition in college continued to shape his musical perspective into a black and white world of well-crafted, overly complex versus commercial music. Baltimore, where he now lives, and the Peabody Conservatory, which served as his place of education, tempered his uncompromising perspective. He now seeks to challenge people within the limits of psycho-acoustic perceptibility through improvisation and composition. Slowly changing, difficult to define phenomena characterize most of his music, giving each piece the feeling of great territory being covered while the means of locomotion remain mostly concealed. During the festival, he may perform with but not limited to the clarinet, voice, computer, or balloons. He is currently a member of the Red Room collective and High Zero Foundation.

  • Max Eisenberg
    electronics, percussion

    Deified by flies and stinklines, Max Eisenberg a.k.a Dj Dog Dick, a.k.a. Eisen Eisley, a.k.a. Mr. Max Eisenslimer, a.k.a. Bulk Gina, a.k.a. PrariePusher, a.k.a. Da' Dirty Depp, a.k.a. Stains, a.k.a. Dirk Dirt, a.k.a. Ass Cozey, a.k.a. Burek, a.k.a. Aryan Rico, a.k.a. Slimey Boss Balls, a.k.a. Rugged Rough Tongue, a.k.a. Le Fartiste , a.k.a. Lawrence, a.k.a. Double Darrell, a.k.a. Dick Nike, a.k.a. Anal Jose Cansaco, etc...is the undisputed champion of the West Baltimore Slime Style. He is undoubtedly the first Gangster Rapper ever to begin his career as a trap star of the Free Jazz, steeping for years as a young disciple to St. Louis's reed master Dave Stone. Max left St. Louis to perform solo guerilla free noise as PrariePusher, opening 22 shows for the ledgendary French absurdist Costes. Relocating to Baltimore Maryland, Max's home is the west side slums where his vision of reality has never been clearer. In the late hours he practices putting the police hellicopters to sleep so that they may join him in his dreams. Since 2003 he has toured throughout North America and Europe as a new era member of the infamous "ground-zero" noise band Nautical Almanac. Max's hobbies are girls, and cartooning.

  • Neil Feather
    original inventions

    Neil Feather is an inventor and expert builder of many unique and diverse instruments. Since 1970, he has taken elaborate and elegant mesaure in search of new sounds and musical methodologies. He has improvised with a multitude of free improvisors, including such luminaries as Peter Kowald, Gianni Gebbia, Michael Johnson, Rosie Hertlein, and Joe Giardullo. Besudes his solo work, Neil's current projects include the longstanding duo "THUS," his boing-core trio "Mugwump" and the newly reborn "Aerotrain," a quintent based on his orchestra of instrumentys and idiosyncratic compositional gambits.

  • Michael Formanek
    acoustic bass

    Michael Formanek’s singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations. During his twenty-eight year career, he has played and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, James Emery, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, George Coleman, Jane Ira Bloom, Bob Moses, Gunther Schuller, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, and many others.Composition also plays a significant role in Formanek’s overall musical profile, and four albums of his original music, Wide Open Spaces, Extended Animation, Low Profile and Nature Of The Beast have been released to critical acclaim on the Enja label. Formanek produced or co-produced all of these recordings and among the featured musicians are Greg Osby, Tim Berne, Mark Feldman, Dave Douglas, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Krantz, and Jim Black. Formanek received Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant for 2000-2001 to compose a new piece for the Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo.

  • Jake Freeman
    bass, viola, voice

    Jake Freeman is a Baltimore musician who is inspired by enthusiasm and ingenuity in the creation of music of all sorts. Possibly even more inspiring to Jake are the forces inside and outside of us that create, dissolve, and recreate our perceptions and our beings during a given time.

  • Jenny Graf Bibulah
    voice, electronics, strings

    All her work can best be described by an unwritten, ever-changing list she keeps for herself. A high-speed snapshot of that list at this moment would look something like this:

    Explore discomfort
    Understand control
    Employ wonder
    Don’t touch it (i.e. do touch it)
    Wait another minute
    Change positions
    Master the technology and burn it
    Write, re-write and again re-write a creation story
    Try being the opposite sex
    Take off the mask
    Trace the lines in all mistakes
    Get an animal crush
    Take a risk when eating food
    Show the proud flesh

    A Visual, sound and performance artist, Miss Gräf works independently and in long-term collaborations with individuals and groups. Her work includes several long-term collaborations with people with Alzheimer’s including The Guitars Project, in which 6 women with Alzheimer’s developed strategies for playing electric guitar. She is also one of the creators of the Hilgos Foundation Scholarship, which supports intergenerational artistic collaborations. For over ten years she has recorded, toured and played in Metalux. She is currently working on a Western for which her new music project Harrius will create the score. She is professor of Mass Communications at Harford Community College where she works with students on looking and listening.Recordings on Load, Ehse, Hanson, Veglia, No Fun Productions, Resipiscent

  • Rose Hammer

    Rose Hammer likes music quite a bit. Also, she is very fond of computers, trees, and a good challenge. Musical collaborations are perhaps her favorite thing of all. Recently released from Downtown Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, lately she's been playing with the Baltimore-based group Death in the Maze and the also-Baltimore-based Baltimore Afrobeat Society. Rose is very fond indeed of the local experimental improvised scene in Baltimore, and doesn't know what she'd do without it. It keeps things interesting. For as Hacksaw Jim Dougan once said, "Unfold pans." She is currently a member of the Red Room collective and High Zero Foundation. pcm.peabody.jhu.edu/~rose

  • Alexandra Macchi
    voice, tapes, electronics

    Born 1977 in Ashland MA, Lexie "Mountain" Macchi prefers yelling & howling to screaming & shouting, and her solo vocal performances run the gamut from awkward introversion to shameful ostentation. A recent transplant to Baltimore, Lexie's ability to frustrate, embarrass and deafen make her a staff favorite among prospective collaborators. Past and present ensembles include Rotten Mind Fuck, Cache Flow Quartet, Geodesic Gnome, Randy Rage and Peekaboo. Her most recent projects include booking a rock and roll club called the Talking Head, and planning how to get her all-female experimental vocal troupe The Lexie Mountain Boys across the Canadian border what with her police record and everything.

  • Naoko Maeshiba

    A native of Kobe, Japan, Naoko Maeshiba has been performing/choreographing/directing nationally and internationally. Since 1993, she has worked with Body Weather Laboratory training developed by a dancer/farmer Min Tanaka. She also studied Limon technique with Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin. Maximizing the body’s potential to reflect the landscape of memory and history, Maeshiba aspires to create work that unveils the soul embedded in basic human conditions. Her interdisciplinary work examines the intersection of movement, voice, music, object, and images in an attempt to discover a new form of expression. With spare elegance and bold imagination her work “defies categorization (Baltimore Sun June 10, 2004)” and “takes us on journeys into new worlds” (Washington Times, May 12, 2001).

  • Stewart Mostofsky
    electronics, strings

    Stewart Mostofsky does many things, often simultaneously. One of them is that he plays electronic instruments, these days often with M.F.B.B. He is also a member of the Red Room collective and the High Zero Foundation.

  • Michael Muniak
    electronics, laptop

    Michael Muniak is a 2nd year PhD student in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He spent this past summer in Portland, OR engaged in collaborative research between the labs of Drs. David Ryugo (JHU) and Christine Portfors (Washington State University, Vancouver) investigating the feasibility of using an unanaesthetized preparation to probe the auditory cortex of the mouse. This technique forms a foundation for ongoing thesis work investigating the neurophysiological basis of hearing in the mammalian cortex, to be performed over the next few years in the Ryugo Lab. In addition, Michael will be presenting prior research concerning the peripheral coding of vibrotactile intensity next month at the Neuroscience 2006 meeting in Atlanta, GA. He is currently a member of the Red Room collective and High Zero Foundation.

  • Paul Neidhardt
    percussion, friction

    Baltimore's Paul Neidhardt is one of the countries most astonishing new music percussionists. A trained, highly disciplined player with a flair for complex textural sound produced by friction, Neidhardt's approach to improvising covers the majority of the terrain explored by the explosive side of European free music and subtle textural players like Sean Meehan and Jason Kahn, while retaining a freshness and flexibility of purpose all his own. His background playing rock and African music adds a potential for propulsive intesnivty to his playing not usually found in players so skilled in the arts of minimalist reductionism. Despite recovering from injuries that limited his time playing in recent years, he is a highly in-demand player, working with groups like Trokeneis, Death in the Maze, and Multiphonic Choir, as well as frequent collaborations with Jack Wright. He is currently a member of the Red Room collective and High Zero Foundation.

  • Catherine Pancake
    percussion, inventions

    Catherine Pancake is an improvising musicianm, film-maker and organizer in Baltimore. She is currently expressing most things through...

    Black Diamonds (www.blackdiamondsmovie.com): a documentary about coal surface mining and radical community resistance in Appalachia.

    Trockeneis (www.ehserecords.com & www.trockeneismusic.com) a musical collective devoted to New Frictionalism - the boundary between extreme tempi and sonic continuity ("tone".)

    The Charm City Kitty Club (GLTB performance series) - (www.charmcitykittyclub.com)

    Transmodern Festival - (Live.Art.Action performance festival) (www.transmodernage.com).

    Seeking the sublime and provocative from mulitple vantage points.....

  • Kate Porter

    After earning a bachelor's degree in cello performance from San Francisco State and studying for several months in Germany, Kate Porter returned to her native Baltimore where she commenced playing with a lot of local improvisors. She performs with the improvising bands Metal Food Brains & Babies and the Lum and Abner of Morocco and with classical chamber groups. She also persues an interest in formal expressive movement and behavior. For a living, she makes cheese pies.