SPECTRUM WITH SONYA BELAYA
This Thursday (6/14/18) at 9:00PM (a recent time change) I am incredibly thrilled to be trying out some brand new songs from a cycle in the works! This is a project I've deeply enjoyed working on this last year, and I am so grateful to be testing the waters on some of this music with two of my absolute favorite artists and human beings on our crazy space orb Earth, Sonya Belaya (on piano) and Dylan Greene (on vibraphone, bass drum and an assortment of bells). Also on the show, Sonya will be previewing a set from her upcoming album, "Songs My Mother Taught Me." Huge thanks to Spectrum for letting us close out their Female Composers' Festival and usher in the start of their Modern Piano (+) Festival with this show. For more information, visit THIS LINK.
NU DECO ENSEMBLE
Dang, you guys!! I am beyond ecstatic to announce that I will get to perform with Nu Deco Ensemble on their 2018-2019 season—a group which magnificently champions the work of contemporary composers, and beautifully navigates the space between genres in performance—as a part of their Nu Works Initiative. It’s a real honor to get to premiere “Landlord” with this ensemble, a piece which is very dear to me, and which has never been realized outside of the studio! And congratulations to composer Holly Harrison, also selected for the 2018 Nu Works Initiative! To learn more about the project, go to: http://www.nu-deco.org/nu-works-2018-winners
SIX SIDES FROM THE SHAPE OF US
FOR STRING QUARTET
On September 29th the lovely all-arts collective Red Shoe Company premiered my string quartet Six Sides from the Shape of Us in Ann Arbor, MI. This piece was commissioned as a part of their Artist in Residency initiative, and was written to be programmed on their concert series dealing with environmental sustainability and the ways that technology affects our relationship with the natural world. I can't thank RSC enough for the amazing experience that has been writing for and working with them. They are a truly exceptional group of artists and people, and it has been a treat and an honor to create this pair of musical and visual art pieces for their week-long East Coast tour. For more information please visit: https://www.redshoecompany.org/
NEW MUSIC GATHERING
I am so excited to be joining in on the fun at New Music Gathering this year! Joined by an absolutely stellar group of performers (Sonya Belaya, Piano / Nicole Patrick and Dylan Greene, Percussion / Teagan Faran, Violin / Mitch Lyon and Fjola Evan, Cello / Liz Faure, Electric Guitar), I will be performing a short set of songs from The Summer Sinks (and one brand new premiere!) on the 5/18 3:45 Grab-bag concert. This year's event is going to be at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. For the full three-day schedule, visit: http://www.newmusicgathering.org/schedule-of-events.html
THE SUMMER SINKS :
REFLECTIONS, GRATITUDE & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Given all of the hateful, cruel and heartbreaking things that are happening in our country and the world right now, I think it's as important as ever to show gratitude and say thank you in moments when you are touched by the kindness of others, and to let the people around you know how much they mean. So I wanted to take a moment to say, and I can’t stress it enough— thank you.
A year ago today, I released The Summer Sinks. This album has ushered so many incredible experiences and opportunities for growth into my life; it has introduced me and brought me closer to friends, collaborators and mentors, and really feels as though it has marked the beginning of a new chapter. This album has given me so much, and so has the incredible community that made it happen, and that continues to amaze me with its love and support.
Thank to everyone who believed in and backed this album through Kickstarter when it was still just notes on a page, to all the amazing musicians who made the songs real, and to the friends and family who have so tirelessly supported it (and me) since the release. A huge shout-out to the always remarkable David Peters of Oak House Recording, without whom with project wouldn’t have happened— whose magical ear bridged the tracks together, and brought lovelier touches, moments and moods to the songs than I ever could have hoped for. I’m so grateful I got to work with you on this album.
Here’s to new chapters, and more projects to come! (And hopefully to one more animated music video for The Summer Sinks, to be released sometime in the next millennium?????? Hopefully????? Maybe????)
BANDCAMP FUNDRAISER: TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER
Hi friends! If you're looking to purchase some new music, today is a great day to do it! I'm pleased to be joining Bandcamp's effort to fundraise for the Transgender Law Center, with 100% of my sales revenue going to this nonprofit organization that works in "critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities."
For a list of all the artists and labels participating in this fundraiser, please visit:
ANNOUNCEMENT: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
I'm honored and so excited to announce that I will be joining the lovely all-arts collective Red Shoe Company as their 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence! Thank you to Red Shoe Company for the opportunity to write two pieces of music for this season, as well as the chance to create a new work of visual art, which will correlate with a musical premiere and be included on a program with a theme of environmental sustainability. Also to be included on their season: some potential new arrangements of works from The Summer Sinks! For more information, and to see Red Shoe Company’s performance calendar, please visit: redshoecompany.org/tour
COMPANY OF BIRDS
I am so thrilled to announce the premiere of "Company of Birds," a new piece for a chamber octet of 5 strings, 2 woodwinds and horn in F. Huge thanks to Matthew Wildman for commissioning this piece in collaboration with the UM SMTD Excel Lab and Chamber Music Program! "Company of Birds" premiers April 27th at 8:00PM in the Kerrytown Concert House. For more information, please click the image below. Poster by Benjamin Jackson.
INTERVIEW: ANN ARBOR'S PULP
Huge thanks to Ann Arbor's PULP for this interview about The Summer Sinks, Ensoleil, and the "II" music video! And for writing this absolutely lovely article about my music.
"Porter's flexible voice, which can sound as delicate as a bird outside your window or as ferocious as a crow cawing on your shoulder, shapes the songs through elastic Joni Mitchell-like melodies and her smart, raw lyrics..."
Click here to read the full article: http://pulp.aadl.org/node/354287
FUNDRAISING FOR THE ACLU IN SOLIDARITY WITH BANDCAMP
I'm thrilled to be joining Bandcamp in their efforts to raise money for the ACLU this Friday, 2/3/17! As such, all proceeds I make on Friday will be donated to the ACLU. If you've been thinking about purchasing some of my music, now is a great time! Below is a link to my Bandcamp page, if you are interested in checking it out. Thank you!!
For more information on other artists who will donating via Bandcamp, visit:
PLAYLIST: THE LOG JOURNAL
Thank you to Steve Smith and National Sawdust's THE LOG JOURNAL for including "First Car / City at Dusk" on their awesome new playlist! To check out the full list of works included, please follow this link: http://thelogjournal.com/2017/02/01/playlist-7/
NPR TINY DESK CONTEST SUBMISSION
I am very, very excited to have submitted an entry for NPR's Tiny Desk Competition this year, and with such an amazingly talented group of string players! Huge thanks to Cassidy Chey Goldblatt, Julia Knowles, Victor Minke Huls, Amy Tan, Lauren Pulcipher, and Jacob Warren for making this little video with me. You are incredible. Best of luck to all of the amazing groups that submitted this year!!
MIXTAPE: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN MIXTAPE #20
A big thank you to I Care If You Listen for including "Landlord" on their Mixtape #20 alongside a slew of incredible pieces by composers from David T. Little and Timo Andres to gabriPeace, and more!
For a full list of artists included, and to listen to the mixtape, visit: https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/mixtape-20/
PREMIERE: "II" FROM THE SUMMER SINKS (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
An enormous, heartfelt thank you to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN for premiering my music video for "II" from The Summer Sinks. It is such an honor to be included on this amazing site! So crazy! I'm thrilled to be able share this video with you all. Click here for the full article: https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2017/01/video-premiere-ii-summer-sinks-tanner-porter/
COMING YOUR WAY.... IT'S A MUSIC VIDEO!!
Here is a little peak at what is to come with a new music video
I've been working on. Keep an eye out for updates on this upcoming animation for "II" from The Summer Sinks! Woohooooooooooo
FOR FOLK'S SAKE ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUMMER SINKS
"This is a woman with a voice that should be heard."
Many thanks to Dominic J. Stevenson at For Folk's Sake for this review of The Summer Sinks! If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out this site. For Folk's Sake is truly a wonderful place to learn about new music.
To read the full review, visit: http://www.forfolkssake.com/reviews/34694/album-tanner-porter-the-summer-sinks
"THE SUMMER SINKS" IS NOW LIVE ON BANDCAMP, ITUNES AND SPOTIFY
"The Summer Sinks," a song cycle featuring original music, text and artwork is now live on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify!!!
The album features twelve original songs, just a little more than 40 minutes of music, and a slew of incredible performances by amazing musicians. I'm so beyond thrilled to finally be able to share this album with everyone. It's been a fun and crazy journey to get these songs from the page to the studio and beyond; thank you so much to everyone who made this project a possibility!
An excerpt from the "thank you" portion of the liner notes, if you will:
The production of this album was made possible by the generosity, love and support of an incredible community of family and friends, both old and new. Thank you so much to all those who participated in the 2015 Kickstarter Campaign which pushed these songs from the page to the studio; because of you this project has become a reality! A huge thank you goes to Kelly, Steve and Karen, Linda and Stuart, and Lucia for your incredible support. I can’t thank you enough for believing in this music.
Thank you to the amazingly talented group of humans who brought these songs to life: Aimee, Catherine, Christopher, David, Dylan, Emily, Grace, Joe, Karl, Kellen, Leah, Mark, Nadine, Nicole, Peter, Theo, Tim and Zach. I can’t believe I got to work with all of you on this project! Thank you for lending your musicianship to these songs. Additional thanks to Tris, Michael and the 335 East Ann crew for your help during the process!
Special thanks to Professors Chambers, Daugherty, Kuster, Walker, Dr. Calcamuggio-Donner and Luke Randall for your time and lessons these last years, and to all of the teachers whose examples have taught me to love art.
An unbelievably enormous thank you to David Peters of Oak House Recording for bringing such an unlimited reservoir of patience and joy to this project, for your words of wisdom along the way, and for so tastefully molding these mixes into something truly lovely.
And thank you, of course, to my family. I am so lucky to be Little P. I love you.
THE SUMMER SINKS TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 31ST
I am very, very excited to announce that my new album "The Summer Sinks" will be released August 31st!! Thank you so much to everyone who made this project possible, especially all those who contributed to the 2015 Kickstarter campaign that got this album into the studio. But more thank you's, updates and information to come!!
Shown is the official, revamped album poster!