Music I Am #9 – Kathleen Supové, pianist-composer

The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:

It wasn’t until sophomore year of college. Otherwise, I had thought it would be a lifelong avocation!

An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:


Two ways you stay motivated:

Pressure of public events, and the joy they bring! The prospect of discovering a wonderful new piece!

Latest album or recording project:

Latest solo album already released: Eye to Ivory on Starkland. Latest collection Lockdown And Loss, music of Neil Rolnick, on Other Minds Records. Upcoming: Migration project recording, big solo project.

4a.     What inspired it:

It started with my interest in an event in Portland, Oregon, the yearly migration of Vaux’s Swifts, where they think a chimney is an overnight roost. This has become a spectator sport there. But it lead to an interest in migration of animals, peoples, and even plants! It’s hard to read the news today and not be inspired by the migration of fellow humans.

4b.     Who’s on it:

The recordings I mention are of solo projects. I’ve been fortunate to record with the following people in the past year: Neil Rolnick, Tessa Brinckman, Guy Barash, Nick Flynn (poet, reading his work), Frank London, and Ayal Maoz, Gilbert Galindo, Iktus, and the Argus Quartet.

How do you discover new music?

Going to concerts when I can, which isn’t often enough. Word of mouth is extremely powerful, at least towards getting me to check something out. Sometimes, I will listen in an exploratory way at home, I wish that worked better. I’m usually much more clear in evaluating something when I hear it go out live to a room of people.

One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:

Ahhh, so tough to narrow it down: Living: Urmas Sisask Deceased: Horatiu Radulescu

Where can we find you online?

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Next Concert: 

Feb. 4 at the Longy School of Music

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