Kate Amrine and Ford Fourqurean are Spark Duo, performing new premieres for clarinet and trumpet, mixing solos, duos, improvisations, and live electronics. This season, they perform in New York and on tour visiting Arizona State University and throughout Arizona and New Mexico. They have actively commissioned a large repertoire of new works for them using both multimedia and interactive electronics. This past summer they toured Upstate New York and Vermont performing at Superior Merchandise in Troy and on The Community of Sound series in Burlington.
Kate and Ford both have active careers performing in New York City and across the United States. Ford regularly gives guest artist performances and lectures with his groups Unheard-of//Ensemble and Amalgama as well as freelancing in New York. Kate is extremely dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her debut album “As I Am” was released in Fall 2017, featuring new music by women composers. Kate’s second album of music inspired by politics and social concepts is due for release in late 2019.
Spark Duo is a recipient of a 2021 Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.