The curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures of Katherine Young’s electro-acoustic music explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and associations with the familiar and the strange. Wet Ink, Talea, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, Weston Olencki, Nico Couck, and others have performed her music. She’s excited about recent and coming-soon projects with Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, the CSO’s MusicNOW, Third Coast Percussion, Distractfold Ensemble’s Linda Jankowska, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series.
As a bassoonist and improviser, Katherine amplifies her instrument and employs a flexible electronics set-up. Her debut solo album garnered praise in The Wire (“Bassoon colossus”) and Downbeat (“seriously bold leaps for the bassoon”). Collaboration is central to her practice, and she performs regularly with her long-standing ensembles Pretty Monsters, Architeuthis Walks on Land, and Till by Turning.
Katherine’s dissertation - for her DMA in composition at Northwestern University - documents and analyzes Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J: The Non-Unconfessionables.
I am based in Chicago. As faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I teach improvisation, electronic music, and experimental practices in the Sound Department. In the music department at North Central College, I teach composition. I also offer private composition and bassoon lessons.