Dr. Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and perfomer 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 “disconcertingly lovely” (Seattle Magazine) compositions are quickly gaining notoriety for combining innovative digital technology with ancient performance practices.
Eaton's work has garnered recent support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (2019 CityArtist Award), the Allied Arts Foundation (2018 Listen Up! Grants for Composers grantee), the International Alliance for Women in Music (2017 Pauline Oliveros New Genre prize for lily [bloom in my darkness]), the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (2017 Distinguished Holland and Knight Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2017 Associate Artist), and 4Culture (2017 Tech-Specific Grant). In April 2019, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and composer-in-residence Derek Bermel premiered her new commission for clarinet quintet and electronics in the Symphony’s new Octave 9 space, making Eaton one of the first composers to use the cutting-edge technology of this room compositionally.
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 troupe 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.