Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography

Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography


Tanner Porter is a composer-performer (voice and cello), songwriter and visual artist from California. In her “original art songs that are by turns seductive and confessional” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker), Tanner’s passion for storytelling manifests in her setting of original poetry; her love for the cross-mingling of art forms often brings Tanner to incorporate her own artwork and animations into scores and performances. “A voice that should be heard” (For Folk’s Sake), Tanner’s work has been performed at Ann Arbor’s Threads All Arts Festival, by art-ensemble Willo Collective at New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 9, at the 2018 New Music Gathering, on the Modern Piano (+) Festival and Female Composers’ Festival at Spectrum Underground, and on Sō Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound series. Tanner received a Bachelors in Music Composition from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition from the Yale School of Music. She was thrilled to have been the 2017-2018 Artist in Residence for the Michigan-based all arts collective Red Shoe Company. Upcoming 2018-2019 season projects include a series of performances with Nu Deco Ensemble as a part of their Nu Works Initiative, a new piece for orchestra and voice for Albany Symphony (in collaboration with librettist Vanessa Moody), a work for stage titled “Harbor,” and an upcoming song cycle, “Circle, Retrace.” Tanner is pleased to be attending the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music this season. Her most recent album, “The Summer Sinks,” was recorded with LA-based studio Oak House Recording and can be heard on all streaming platforms.