Kat’s Music Musings and Projects
“Journey Around the World with Music”
with flutist Kat Epple and percussionist Nathan Dyke
Sunday, 26 April 2015 at 3:00PM at Bower Chapel in Naples, FL
as part of the Bayshore Cultural and Performance Art Center concert series
Kat Epple will begin the concert by taking us on “a magic carpet ride around the world with flutes”. She will describe each destination, then transport us there as she plays flutes that she has collected from her extensive global travels. The concert will continue with Nathan Dyke playing World Drums, Australian Didjeridoo, and African Ngoni with Kat on flutes. Performing on an unusual array of both ancient and modern musical instruments, the duo will also describe these instruments and their traditions. This concert of original music will include a wide variety of musical genres including Jazz, World, Celtic, Native American, “Calusa Inspired”, and new music from their latest albums.
Kat Epple is a Grammy-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning flutist and composer, who has released 28 music albums, performs in concert internationally, and has composed music for film and television including “Nova” and National Geographic”. She is also a founding member of the vintage synth band Emerald Web.
North Carolina-based percussionist Nathan Dyke, will be performing in Naples as part of his concert tour of the Southeastern US. He has released several albums with various ensembles and as a solo artist, in a wide variety of music genres. Nathan also studies the energy of music and sound, and its effects on the human vibrational field.
“The Stargate Tapes” album was released in 2013, and consists of music originally recorded from 1978-1989 by the space music band, Emerald Web (Kat Epple and Bob Stohl). Taken from original master tapes and recorded using revolutionary and prototypal music technology, many of these tracks have never been on vinyl or CD until now. The music is created on a huge variety of synthesizers, along with Lyricon, flutes, guitar, vocals, EWI, and piano.
Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Kat.
An evening of Space Music by Sonic Combine (Lawrence Voytek, Laurence Getford and Kat Epple)
with special guest artists to be announced.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL, 33901 http://www.sbdac.com
Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Kat.
Join us for a unique afternoon of “Music of the Earth and Sky” in a beautiful natural setting, featuring World flutes, Australian Didjeridoo, Djembe drum, Bawu, EWI, guitar, vocals, and Native American instruments. A variety of musical styles include Celtic, Native American, folk, and Calusa-inspired, performed by World drummer/song-writer, Nathan Dyke, on tour from North Carolina, and World flutist/film score composer, Kat Epple. They will be talking about, and playing, their unusual array of instrument, and performing some new music from their upcoming collaborative album.
The concert stage is under the trees, (or in the under-cover pavillion if it rains). Enjoy the Happehatchee nature sanctuary on the Estero River.
Sunday Feb 23, 3:00 PM
$15-$20 Suggested Donation - kids tickets free or donate what you can
Bring a chair, picnic or your own beverages. Artesian water will be available.
Happehatchee Center, Inc. | 8791 Corkscrew Rd. | Estero | FL | 33928
Kat Epple composed the music and sound effects for this movie trailer.
On April 2, President Obama announced the BRAIN Initiative, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The project had its genesis in a meeting convened in September 2011 by Kavli Foundation vice-president of science programs Miyoung Chun. The ideas generated at that meeting were published in Neuron (June 2012), as a proposed direction - and a challenge - for neuroscience.
The BRAIN Initiative is an audacious attempt to accelerate our search for solutions to understand and treat devastating disorders like depression, Alzheimer’s, autism and traumatic brain injury; to decipher the inner language of the brain; and even explore the mysteries of the mind. Key scientists include TSN Advisory Board Chair Terry Sejnowski (now a member of the BRAIN Working Group advising NIH Director Francis Collins) and Ralph Greenspan, newly appointed Director of CBAM (Center for Brain Activity Mapping) at UC San Diego.
TSN will be featuring conversations with BRAIN participants, and developing a unique archive of filmed conversations to document the progress of the project.
This video was commissioned by the Kavli Foundation and produced, in collaboration with Science Visualization, by The Science Network.
Posted on September 10th, 2011 by Kat.
Sunday, November 13 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Compton Terrace, Islington
London, United Kingdom
Here is a video of our recent rehearsal
Posted on September 5th, 2011 by Kat.
Categories: Interviews and press.
Kat Epple specializes in creating custom music for museum exhibitions, gallery installations, educational presentations, archaeological documentaries, and historical tours. Featuring historical period music, dramatic passages, regional, interpretive, and ethnic instruments. The authentic, quality, and appropriate original music is composed to be used as background and foreground music in headset, headphone and amplified speaker systems. Interesting original music complements and enhances the voice over and helps to make the content more interesting and fun. Kat Epple music productions can work within a tight budget and time deadlines. A professional, digital, audio soundtrack can be delivered in whatever file format is required. Some of the museums and galleries featuring Ms. Epple’s music are: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florida Natural History Museum, Randell Research Institute, Useppa Island Historical Society, Alliance for the Arts, Imaginarium Children’s Museum, Naples Holocaust Museum, Art of the Olympians, Guggenheim Museum, and The Nature Conservancy.
Emmy Award-winning, Peabody Award-winning, and Grammy-nominated composer and flutist, Kat Epple, has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum, United Nations, and the National Gallery. She has released 23 CDs of original music, and composes music for television, including “National Geographic”, PBS, CNN, “Nova”, and “Guiding Light”.
Kat Epple website
Contact at: Music@KatEpple.com
A SOUND ECONOMY
Gulf and Main Magazine
How local musicians are weathering the tough financial storm
by Dan Prowse Whicker
Famous psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” Anyone with a strong creative side can relate to that sentiment, as can those who are close to someone with a creative spirit. There is a force deep inside of every artist that compels them to pursue their craft, to share it with the world in some way no matter what their circumstances. Indeed, for the true artist, the hardest of times cannot stop the flow of creativity. Rather, the drive often becomes stronger in the face of adversity.
In Southwest Florida, there is a group of artists that understands this all too well—our local musicians. They entertain us through the good times, when business is booming, people are happy, and money is flowing through the local economy. They are also there for us when times are tough, when things are slow, people need relief, and money is tight.
The business side of music is something that Southwest Florida musician Kat Epple also knows very well. Like Heck, she’s managed to continue with her music full-time despite a tough economy, but she credits her business and marketing skills with keeping her going.
For the past twenty years, Epple has witnessed a lot of change in the local music scene, both good and bad. “About three years ago,” she says, “it seemed like everything just completely dropped.” Art galleries, where Epple would often perform world flute music at openings, lacked budgets for live music, and her musician friends who entertained in clubs went from performing five nights a week to two nights if they were lucky. “I think that there was a lot of panic from club owners and gallery owners, thinking, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?’” recalls Epple.
During those years, many of her friends had to seek day jobs to make ends meet. That might not seem so bad to the rest of us, but according to Epple, what it means for musicians is less rehearsal time, less time for networking to find venues, and less time to market themselves musically.
What helped Epple get through some lean years was her differentiation. Since she prides herself on performing only original music, she attracts a different audience and different venues. Art events, concerts, and other special events are her outlets, instead of restaurants and clubs. She also does a lot of work in film scoring and soundtracks, which, despite becoming a little harder to find during the past three years, has kept her employed and able to stay in music full-time.
Epple has found that business savvy must be combined with musical talent if a musician wants to perform full-time. Likewise, fans and venues should understand that their support really can make or break a musician. “They are a business,” she says. “If you don’t support them, they will have to go get a different kind of job, and they may decide to never try it again. It is so much work to make a living as a musician.”
With families, bills, and the usual concerns of life, our local musicians are really just regular people who have a passion for their music and for sharing it with others. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that the person under the colored lights and behind the microphone has the same daily struggles as everyone else. They seem happy and are uniquely talented; we want them to be above any problems so that they can help us to escape ours. Yet, as most of them will tell you, they need us as much as we need them.
A Florida native with degrees in business and theology, Dan Prowse Whicker is a fiction and freelance writer based in South Fort Myers.
An informal concert of unique original music on flutes from around the world, by Emmy Award-winning, Peabody Award-winning, and Grammy-nominated flutist and composer, Kat Epple. http://www.katepple.com/
Kat will play some of the flutes collected from her extensive travels, perform music from her 25 internationally released music albums, and television musical scores such as “National Geographic” and “Nova”.
Special guest musicians from a variety of musical styles will be joining in for an exciting second set.
Kat Epple will be visiting Seattle for only a couple of days, and this is her only scheduled performance in the area.
It will be a unique and FUN evening.
Bring your favorite beverage and arrive at 7:30 to socialize. Concert starts at 8:00.
“Lucia’s Letter” Best News Documentary/Special on WGCU (NPR)
Written and produced by Amy Tardif
Original music by Kat Epple
2011 Edward R. Murrow Award
2010 New York Festivals Gold World Medal