Vanessa Porter is one of the most versatile percussionists internationally and is in demand for various projects, concert formats and programmes. As a soloist she combines current works with improvisation, electronics and the performing arts and collaborates with renowned composers such as Georges Aperghis, Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Jennifer Walshe or Ben-Amots Ofer. Using voice, body percussion, bells or vibraphone: In her latest programme folie à deux she creates hypnotic soundscapes between soft beauty and eruptive power.
Vanessa Porter is 1st prize winner of the August-Everding Music Competition Munich, the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg, the Music Creative Award Lindau and the PercussiveArt Contest Italy, received the German scholarship and was a scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the German Music Competition.
In the season 2022/23 Vanessa Porter will present her solo programme folie à deux in the context of the ECHO-Rising Stars series in the most renowned European concert halls: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, NOSPR Katowice, Musikverein Wien, Müpa – Palace of Arts Budapest, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, The Sage Gateshead, LSO St. Luke’s London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, L’Auditori Barcelona, Megaron Athen, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Philharmonie de Paris, Casa da Música Porto and BOZAR Brussels. She will also premiere her new programme DIS:JUNCTION with her sister Jessica and two dancers at the Bodenseefestival 2023.
She is invited to festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the IPEW Croatia, Schlossmediale Werdenberg and the Kalima Festival Switzerland. Through her close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, she regularly travels to the USA and gives workshops and concerts on location. Most recently she was invited to Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica on a 4-week South American tour with the Percussion Duo Porter. Due to her many years of experience in the field of education, she collaborates with various universities and academies, such as the International Summer Academy of Music and held workshops at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki or the University of Birmingham within the framework of the WorldPercussionGroup. From 2017-2018 she taught percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart.
In summer 2022, she released her solo album cycle.sound.colour (Bhakti Records) with Daniel Mudrack on percussion/sound installation.
Folie à deux – ECHO Rising Stars 22/23:
21 January 2023, The Sage Gateshead
27 January 2023, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
9 February 2023, Megaron Athens
11 February 2023, L’Auditori Barcelona
16 February 2023, LSO St Luke’s London
19 February 2023, B:Music – Symphony Hall Birmingham
25 February 2023, Konzerthaus Dortmund
26 February 2023, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
1 March 2023, Philharmonie Luxembourg
8 March 2023, Philharmonie de Paris
19 March 2023, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
23 April 2023, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels
14 May 2023, Casa da Música Porto
Programme: Vanessa Porter, Daniel Mudrack Folie à Deux: Vanessa Porter Folie, Vinko Globokar ?Corporel, David Lang Anvil Chorus, Georges Aperghis The Messenger, Emil Kuyumcuyan Shapes, Georges Aperghis „Le corps à corps” for percussionist and his zarb, Alexander Sandi Kuhn À Deux
Cast: Vanessa Porter (percussion), Daniel Mudrack (live-electronics)
29 March 2023, 20:00, Salzlager Hall, Osterfestival Tirol
Programme: Klangräume: Vanessa Porter Folie, Elnaz Seyedi Glasfluss, Pagh-Paan TA-RYONG IV, Augusta Read Thomas Enchanted Invocation & Rebecca Saunders dust
Cast: Vanessa Porter (Percussion)
21 May 2023, 20:00, Kultur und Kongresszentrum Weingarten, Bodenseefestival
Programme: DIS:JUNCTION: Works by Steve Reich, Kaspar Querfurth, Minas Borboudakis, Robert Lloyd & Yoshihisa Taira
Cast: Porter Percussion Duo, Daura Hernández García & Stephanie Roser (Dancers)
Folie à deux
Vanessa Porter transforms the stage into a soundscape of emotional states. The award- winning percussionist works with a variety of different instruments and with a sound installation developed for this project. The alternation between delightful silence, fragile beauty and eruptive vibrations leads the listener into border regions of human existence.
Folie À Deux describes a mental disorder in which a generally healthy person adopts the delusions of a close psychosis sufferer, sharing the same delusion and over time uncorrectably reinforcing each other’s beliefs.
Together with soundmaster daniel mudrack, she has developed a concept that depicts the emotions of those affected through music, improvisation, live loops and sound installations in order to bring more attention to the still very unknown mental illness. Minimalist, impulsive, passionate: this is the musical world of Vanessa Porter.
Vanessa Porter (percussion)
Daniel Mudrack (electronics)
Vanessa Porter Folie à deux
Salvatore Sciarrino Appendice alla perfezione for 14 bells (1986)
Vinko Globokar ?Corporel for body percussion (1984)
David Lang The Anvil Chorus (1991)
Georges Aperghis The Messenger for zarb and voice (2020) commissioned by Kölner Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden & European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)
Emil Kuyumcuyan Shapes for vibraphone (2020)
Georges Aperghis Le corps à corps for zarb and voice (1982)
Alexander Sandi Kuhn À Deux for vibraphone (2020)
Video recording (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg 2021):
It was a real please to have met and worked with Vanessa Porter. Her intellect and talent really shine through.
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