tanner porter

Dana Lyon Fellow


“I was raised on the edge of the Pacific. Long days spent on the beach, the secret treasures the water would offer at low tide... My first car was a blue Geo Metro. It was where I did my most formative musical growing. When a CD was offered to that little stereo, it often stayed on rotation for weeks; here I became intimate with many of the albums that shaped me, driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway, meandering through Topanga Canyon, daydreaming what it would have been like to see Joni play The Mermaid Tavern...The car didn’t have A.C.”

— Tanner Porter

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Tanner Porter is a composer-performer (voice and cello), songwriter and visual artist from California. In her “original art songs that are by turns seductive and confessional” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker), Tanner’s passion for storytelling manifests in her setting of original poetry; her love for the cross-mingling of art forms often brings Tanner to incorporate her own artwork and animations into scores and performances. “A voice that should be hear” (For Folk’s Sake), Tanner’s work has been performed at Ann Arbor’s Threads All Arts Festival, the 2015 Midwestern Composers Symposium, by art-ensemble Willo Collective at New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 9, and at the 2018 New Music Gathering, and recently on the Modern Piano (+) Festival and Female Composers’ Festival at Spectrum Underground. Tanner received a Bachelors in Music Composition from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition from the Yale School of Music. She was thrilled to have been the 2017-2018 Artist in Residence for the Michigan-based all arts collective Red Shoe Company. Upcoming performances include a collaboration with Nu Deco Ensemble on their 2018-2019 season as a part of their Nu Works Initiative.