Vanessa Porter

percussionist

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 solo-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.

The current season 2021/22 will take her to the Kölner Philharmonie, the Barbican Centre London and to the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. She will also perform the world premiere of a new piece by Jennifer Walshe at the Funkhaus Cologne. For the concert season 2022/2023 she will perform as soloist of the ECHO-Rising Stars in the most renowned European concert halls.

She is invited to festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the IPEW Croatia or 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.

After studying at the Royal College of Music in London (with David Hockings) and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck (with Johannes Fischer), Vanessa Porter completed her master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (with Marta Klimasara, Klaus Dreher and Jürgen Spitschka) with top marks in summer 2018.

7/8 May 2022, 16:00, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Saalbau Witten

Programme: Elnaz Seyedi Percussion Solo (world premiere)

Cast: Vanessa Porter (percussion)


4 June 2022, 20:00, Schloss Werdenberg, Schlossmediale Werdenberg (CH)

Programme: Installation concert Zwielichtern, Samir Odeh-Tamimi Solo für Violine, Johann Sebastian Bach Adagio und FugaHeinz Holliger Sequenzen über Johannes I., Elena Mendoza Nana de los que no duermen, Enno Poppe Thema mit 840 Variationen, Alberto Ginastera Harfenkonzert op. 25, John Dowland Go Crystal tears

Cast: Adam Asnan (sound), Grabser Bergfinkli (yodel), Andrew Digby (trombone), Rebecca Lane (flute), Uta Neumann (video), Olivia Stahn,(soprano), Vanessa Porter (bells)


9 June 2022, 20:00, Schloss Werdenberg, Schlossmediale Werdenberg (CH)

Programme: Folie à deux: Vanessa Porter Folie, Salvatore Sciarrino Appendice alla perfezione, Vinko Globokar Corporel, David Lang The Anvil Chorus, Georges Aperghis The messenger, Emil Kuyumcuyan Shapes, Georges Aperghis Le copes à corps, Alexander Sandi Kuhn à Deux

Cast:  Vanessa Porter (percussion)


11 June 2022, 20:00, Schloss Werdenberg, Schlossmediale Werdenberg (CH)

Programme: Yedidya Admon Yesh et Leamoi יֵשׁ עֵת לֶעָמֹל , Beat Furrer Mirando al Mundo […] Aquella Nube que yo Miré (WP), Johann Sebastian Bach Fantasie und Fuge in A-moll Bwv 944, Henry Purcell come, ye sons of art, sound the trumpet, Giovanni Paolo Cima O Sacrum convivium, Surge Propera, Orlando di Lasso O la, o che bon eccho!, Benedetto Marcello col pensiero vi bacio, i.e.

Cast: Ensemble Cordis in Custodia, Gaia Gaibazzi (bass clarinet), Porter Percussion Duo (percussion), Laura Siegmund and Manon Greiner (dance)

Folie à deux

Description: 
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.

Cast:
Vanessa Porter (percussion)
Daniel Mudrack (electronics)

Programme:
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.
Georges Aperghis

Dieter Schnebel “Yes I will yes”
Johannes Schöllhorn/Jules Massenet „Va“ 

Hänssler, DDD (2022)
SWR Symphonieorchester
Vanessa Porter, percussion
Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
i.a.


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