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Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:54:16 AM »
Probably my favourite living composer, and one of my own generation (we are separated by about eight years), the US soprano Kate Soper has been creating some truly excellent and exciting works over the past ten years (at least). I did a quick search for a thread about her, and finding no such thread thought I would make one myself. Her style strikes me as a meeting point of Robert Ashley's spoken word "opera" and the dense, showy phantasmagoria of Luciano Berio's vocal works, but bringing a certain something of her own which I haven't really been able to pinpoint—I think my love of mystery is precisely what draws me to uniquely characterful composers like Soper.

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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 12:13:04 AM »
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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2020, 12:31:27 AM »
I agree that Kate Soper is a noteworthy  composer.  You might be interested in the profile/interview I did with her in 2016.

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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2020, 09:30:30 PM »
That's cool, San Antone, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 07:10:22 PM »
Today found this 2012 performance of "Only the Words Mean What They Say," recorded at EMPAC, the state-of-the art facility at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Kate Soper is joined by Erin Lesser on flute.

Soper's facility with words and sounds (not to mention, a bit of choreography) is like no one else working today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNTHcINa000

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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2022, 07:25:27 PM »
Thanks to all posters.
Not familiar with her work, but invocation of the names Ashley and Berio* means that I must investigate!

*Massive Robert Ashley fan and I love Berio's vocal music (though kinda lukewarm on his instrumental works).

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Re: Kate Soper (b. 1981)
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 07:45:47 PM »
Happy to see some activity in this thread. 

IPSA DIXIT: I. Poetics (Kate Soper)

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For voice, flute, violin and percussion
I. Poetics
Text by Aristotle (abr. Soper) and Sophocles

Live at EMPAC December 9, 2016
Kate Soper (soprano), Erin Lesser (flute), Josh Modney (violin), Ian Antonio (percussion)



Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say

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performed by The Wet Ink Ensemble (Kate Soper, soprano and Erin Lesser, flutes)

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