Katie DownBrooklyn , NY
Katie Down is a sound designer and composer for theatre and film. She has created sound-scores, compositions and sound designs in the downtown New York theatre scene, off Broadway, and regionally. Recent credits include: City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh (Charles Ives Take Me Home), Play Company (The Golden Dragon), Pig Iron Theatre (Zero Cost House), Related Parts Film Company (Salt in the Air), Long Wharf Theartre (Agnes Under the Big Top). Katie received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her sound design for Agnes Under the Big Top, Directed by Eric Ting. In addition to her theatre work, Katie teaches workshops in music improvisation and voice work internationally and in the US. Her performing groups include NewBorn Trio with Miguel Frasconi and Jeffrey Lependorf in which she plays glass instruments; The Ukuladies in which she plays ukulele, piano, flute, and sings; and Sofie Salonika, a Sephardic hybrid group in which she plays flute, percussion, Turkish cümbüş, Albanian cifteli, and uke. Katie works with multi-media artists and performers on a multitude of homemade and experimental instruments including steel cello, glass harmonica, lithophone, and many others. Katie is also a licensed music psychotherapist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY.
This is a recording of NewBorn Trio featuring Katie on flute and glass.
Salt In The Air
A portrait of rural melancholia, SALT IN THE AIR exhumes the spirit of salt from a 3,500-year-old salt mine in a foggy and hardscrabble Carpathian Mountain village. With rhythmic pacing and intimacy, SALT IN THE AIR connects actual salt with the landscapes and the lives that salt touches. Innovative asthma clinics where patients inhale salt crystals. The enduring legacy of salt pork. And the salt-miners’ struggle to sustain a solemn covenant with what was once the most valuable material on Earth.