Kat’s Music Musings and Projects
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.
Categories: Kat's upcoming concerts.
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
Posted on June 20th, 2011 by Kat.
Categories: Kat's upcoming concerts.
I will be playing with The Devin Townsend Project in London Nov 13, 2011.
Kat Epple performed for September Concerts Foundation Fundraiser Gala at the gallery and chapel of artist Bob Rauschenberg in NYC. The event took place on May 5, 2011.
It was a beautiful venue. Here are some photos taken by Gary Neiheisel
Posted on March 12th, 2011 by Kat.
It was a great evening! Here are some photos!
This will be a fun night of diverse music! Featuring 3 different acts: Andy Wahlberg - harp guitar, Wendy Webb - vocals and keyboard, Katalyst Project includes Kat Epple - world flutes, DL Turner - harp, Darrell Nutt - percussion, and David Johnson - bass, Christar Damiano - Dance.
A Musical Night with Nature
Featuring Flutist Kat Epple, and friends.
Smooth Celestial Jazz, Contemporary Folk, and Harp Guitar
March 19, 2011 6:30-9:00 PM
The annual concert to benefit The CREW Land Trust
at the beautiful Bonita Springs Riverside Park Bandshell
located on old US 41 Road in Olde Bonita on the Imperial River.
Featuring original music by 3 different acts:
“Katalyst Project” - Smooth Celestial Jazz by this sensational band, which consists of renowned musicians, Kat Epple, DL Turner, Darrell Nutt, and David Johnson. Featuring native flutes, The Rose Crystal Harp, world percussion, bass guitar, jazz flute and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Their original music is rich in color and texture, and incorporates unique musical elements from around the world. It will be a rare opportunity to hear these amazing musicians perform together. http://www.katepple.com/
Wendy Webb - Singer, songwriter, and keyboardist, will be performing original Folk, Jazz and Blues. “Wendy Webb’s music is moody, full of wee hours wisdom, it is yearning and soul stirring, soaring toward heights flown by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris. Webb is a newcomer whose music is mined in the timeless chambers of the human heart.” - Steven Dougherty, Senior Writer People Magazine
Andy Wahlberg - Performing on vocals and antique Harp Guitar, a time-worn instrument which offers both a standard guitar neck with six strings, and an additional neck with six bass strings. His performance ranges from hilarious fun, to virtuosic instrumental compositions. “Wahlberg is a born showman…with songs of humor and humanity, and a stage presence bigger than life.”—Liz Bumiller / The Miami Herald— http://www.harpguitarguy.com/
Also featuring Christar Damiano - Dance
Tickets - $20 (children 12 and under free) and can be purchased at the gate or in advance 239-657-2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring lawn chairs.
This event is a fundraiser for CREW Land Trust, Southwest Florida’s nonprofit organization which coordinates land acquisition, management, and public use of the environmentally sensitive Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.
For more info about CREW: www.crewtrust.org.