“An accomplished performer, educator, composer, music contractor, and commissioner of new works, Kate Amrine is the epitome of the 21st century renaissance artist” - International Trumpet Guild Journal - 2018
This is My Letter to the World - Album Press
"Throughout the work, the phrases “I’m sorry” and “I’m not sorry” are spoken with hypnotic steadiness, using harmonies from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 110. Amrine accents certain moments in the cadence of the text with single pitches on the trumpet, while Kate Barmotina provides a counterpoint with viola and vocals. I’m Sorry Not Sorry does an excellent job of communicating a wealth of emotional nuance with a simple yet effective text....
Niloufar Nourbakhsh takes a similarly pithy approach to text in My Body My Choice. The work opens with an expansive, vibrato-heavy trumpet solo; a low, modulating electronics track joins in and the trumpet playing becomes more pointillistic and questioning. A woman’s voice repeats the mantra “my body my choice,” first as a whisper, but before long, it grows to declamatory shouting that is mirrored in Amrine’s trumpeting. Sitting at just two and a half minutes, this is one of the shortest and yet most impactful tracks. Like Fulton, Nourbakhsh uses minimal text to great effect, and the formal simplicity leaves room for Amrine’s timbral wizardry to shine.....
The chamber work cobbles together elegant, nostalgic music on winds and strings, the sounds of a forest fire, and Amrine’s chant-like setting of Buckel’s letter; the movement abruptly ends with her distorted voice and a chilling quote, “My early death by fossil fuels reflects what we are doing to ourselves.” ....
If this sampling is any indication, This is My Letter to the World is chock-full of pieces that overtly tackle some timely social and political issues. With a variety of approaches to contemporary trumpet performance, these works are a testament to the resilience of the trumpet as a solo instrument, and to Amrine’s creativity in curating and advocating for this repertoire. Taken as a whole, the album is overwhelming in its scope; yet it also succeeds in creating a musical manifesto, one that is thought-provoking and alarming in the best way possible.....
- I Care if You Listen April 2020
"Equipped with an excellent clean and precise timbre, the American artist skillfully juggles a series of multiple and different songs, composed by different composers as well as herself. " - Kathodik - voted 4 stars
"a beautiful avant-garde work" - Kathodik - voted 4 stars
Its title derived from Emily Dickinson's 1862 poem, Kate Amrine's
This is My Letter to the World is a deeply engaged communiqué dealing
withpressing social and political issues. Among the topics addressed on
the NYC-based trumpeter's self-produced sophomore effort are
gun violence, abortion rights, discrimination, climate change, feminism,
identity, and immigration. Whereas Amrine's debut As I Am addressed
empowerment head-on by featuring music by women composers,
her new one expands on it with topics of equally resonant character
and material by female and non-female composers.
- Textura - April 2020
This is Amrine’s second release and it is a unique blend of trumpet
with a variety of other players in duos: Roberta Michel (alto flute),
Carrie Frey (viola), Amanda Gookin (cello), Leanne Friedman (alto flute,
Ford Fourqurean (bass clarinet), Kate Barmotina (viola, vocal),
Alia Kuhnert and Maddi Lusby (trumpet, vocals) and Kyra Sims (narrator).
This pieces present sonic art as in a sonic exhibit one would imagine
in a gallery. - WTJU University of Virginia 91.1 FM
As I Am - Album Press
“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 piece 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 expressive playing can fill a space."Textura Magazine - 2018
Textura Magazine presents “Backtracking” – A Description of each track on As I am
“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
“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.”