Kathleen Tagg

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Kathleen Tagg is a New York-based pianist, composer, producer. She has performed on four continents, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center. With David Krakauer, she co-composed and produced the score for the film Minyan by Eric Steel (Berlin Biennale 2020) and the immersive multimedia concert experience with video designer Jesse Gilbert, The Ties that Bind Us, for Berlin’s Boulez Saal. Commissions include a song cycle, This Be Her Verse, (words by Lila Palmer, commissioners: soprano Golda Schultz and Jonathan Ware; recorded for Alpha Classics) and Please Dream: In his Words for the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. 

The Fretless Clarinet: Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra, co-composed with Krakauer, (commissioners: Santa Rosa & Eugene Symphonies, Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund) premiered with the Santa Rosa Symphony/maestro Francesco Lecce-Chong, with European premiere at the Paris Philharmonie with Krakauer and Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Aquitaine/maestro Jean-Francois Heisser. Other works include Keepers of the Flame, an evening-length theatrical music event for Poland’s Borderlands Foundation, and co-creation of Mazel Tov Cocktail Party (Table Pounding Records/ Label Bleu.) Her musical, Erika’s Wall, with Sophie Jaff, received a developmental production by The Music Theater Company, Chicago. She was a 2014-2015 fellow of the Dramatist Guild and 2017 Con Ed Exploring the Metropolis Composer in Residence.