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Dr. Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and soprano currently based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Eaton's work crosses genre boundaries, exploring how the voice, body, and unconscious world of the performer can provide musical narratives through live digital processing, machine listening, sensors, and improvisation. Her "startling," "intriguing," "fresh," and "thoughtful" compositions are quickly gaining notoriety for combining innovative digital technology with ancient performance practices. As a soprano, she is sought after for her lively and creative interpretations of experimental music, especially in collaboration with living composers.
Eaton's work has garnered recent support from the Allied Arts Foundation (2018 Listen Up! top-tier grant recipient), 4Culture (2017 Tech-Specific Grant recipient), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2017 Associate Artist with Master Artist Derek Bermel), the International Alliance for Women in Music (2017 Pauline Oliveros New Genre prize for lily [bloom in my darkness]), and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (2017 Distinguished Holland and Knight Fellowship). In Fall 2018, her electroacoustic opera lily [bloom in my darkness] will be produced a second time with Karin Stevens Dance and Kin of the Moon, alongside a new work, LUNG, for 6 loudspeakers and 6 musicians. In June 2019, Kin of the Moon will premiere blue eyes, a new commission by Eaton written for ultra-soprano Emily Thorner.
In addition to frequently performing her own work as a vocalist and laptop wizard (usually at the same time), she is an avid collaborator, enjoying both traditional commissions and unconventional creation with choreographers, solo artists and chamber ensembles across the country. With flutist Leanna Keith, Eaton is co-founder of Stack Effect, a flute and voice duo. Also with Keith and violist Heather Bentley, Eaton co-directs Kin of the Moon, an improvisation-centric and technology-friendly chamber music series in Seattle. Both Stack Effect and Kin of the Moon have been recent features at new music festivals such as Oh My Ears! in Phoenix, NUMUS NW in Seattle, and the National Flute Association Convention.
As a writer with particular interest in the role of musical composition's relationship to our larger culture, Eaton has been published by KING FM's Second Inversion ("Women, Creativity, and the Classroom" (2016) and "Reflections on Wilderness" (2017)) and Common Tone Arts ("Things I wish I had known when I thought I couldn't be a composer" (2017)).
Eaton holds a DMA in composition from the University of Washington and is Director of Music Technology at Cornish College of the Arts.