“An accomplished performer, educator, composer, music contractor, and commissioner of new works, Kate Amrine is the epitome of the 21st century renaissance artist”
“With all of the work, craft, and support involved in this project, one hopes that more will soon be coming from Kate Amrine and friends” - International Trumpet Guild Journal - 2018
This is Amrine’s second release and it is a unique blend of trumpet
with a variety of other players in duos... These pieces present
sonic art as in a sonic exhibit one would imagine in a gallery."
- WTJU University of VIrginia, Dave Rogers, 2020
“She followed Anx with another of her own compositions, As I Am,
which was written about her experiences with dating.
The wandering, seemingly aimless legato melodies of As I Am
reminded me of my own trials and tribulations navigating the NYC
dating scene. Just as with a new music concert, you never know
what you’re gonna get when you meet up with your latest Tinder
match, a familiar sensation of curiosity and dread that was
perfectly evoked by the deceptive simplicity of Amrine’s piece.”
- Rebecca Lentjes in the National Sawdust Log Journal - 2018
"A short setting for solo flugelhorn, Amrine's self-authored title
iece exudes a pleading quality in its stark expressions and thereby
deepens the personal character of the recording. In Han's Yaygara,
the muted horn assumes a bugle-like character, Amrine's
declamatory playing offset by quiet, breathy passages and brief
vocal punctuations. Originally written for euphonium and later
adapted for trumpet, Rudman's haunting Elegy was recorded in a
concert hall at Peabody Conservatory to dramatize its range of notes
and dynamic levels, while, at album's end, Piunno's Monterey
Letters: Seeking and The Voice of One Crying Out serve as a final
reminder of Amrine's prowess as a solo player, how effectively her
xpressive playing can fill a space."Textura Magazine - 2018
Textura Magazine presents “Backtracking” – A Description of each track on As I am
“Kate Amrine’s new album “As I Am” is a beautiful statement. Kate’s creativity, curiosity and level of engagement with modern music is inspiring. I hope there are more concerts and albums to come from this exciting new instrumentalist and composer.” – Peter Evans, trumpeter and composer (International Contemporary Ensemble, John Zorn, Wet Ink Ensemble, and more)
Non album reviews / press
Guest post on Mouthpiece Online blog
I had a great time answering questions from curator John Hutchinson and writing about marketing / branding and building a career as a musician.
NY Times review of A Far Cry at BAM’s Next Wave production of “Crossing” by Matthew Aucoin – 10/14/17
I had such an an amazing experience playing with everyone and creating this magical production together in fall 2017.
“The music grabbed me from the start. The orchestra rustles with spiraling, jagged arpeggios and frenetic ascending riffs — grounded, just barely, by pedal tones that swell and then disappear. Lyrical fragments try to coalesce into a melodic line, but keep you off guard. The music is so spiked with dissonance, clusters and wayward chords that it seems boldly modernist, even when the harmonies are tonally anchored………..After Whitman’s reconciliation with the dying Wormley, he is left asking, again, “What is it, then, between us?” The chorus joins him, now in contemporary street clothes, a reminder that at a time when America is roiling with division, the question is as pertinent as ever.” – Anthony Tommasini
Autumn Salon – premiering 10 pieces with trombonist Jake Elkin and flutist Michelle Stockman, presented by Concert Timbre and the Asian Women Composers Association. – 11/23/17
“well executed…well received…the trumpet writing is particularly demanding and requires a great deal of finesse to execute the complex intervallic music.” – Josh Oxford
I had an amazing time joining the orchestra for this performance in 2016. The whole production was unbelievably amazing to be a part of and you can watch some videos of the performance here.
I performed a few solo pieces and a couple trumpet trios with two colleagues back in 2015. It was a complete surprise that the show got reviewed.
“All three perform well together with considerable elan and accuracy.”