Sputter Box

Sputter (PLUS IN THE) Box
Artistic Discipline: Music
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Park Slope

Sputter Box is a clarinet, voice, percussion ensemble committed to performing interdisciplinary works featuring sound, movement, visual art, theater, electronics, and improvisation. As pioneers for their unique instrumentation, Sputter Box has commissioned over fifty works since forming in 2018. With the support of the Brooklyn Arts Council, Sputter Box will be presenting their first concert with electronics at the end of 2024. This concert, titled Sputter (PLUGS IN THE) Box, will feature 5 premieres for clarinet/bass clarinet, voice, percussion, electronics, and video projection. The composers are writing about topics like the dangers of grind culture, climate change, Colombian popular music, resistance and catharsis, and the recent developments in AI. Previously, Sputter Box was a guest artist at University of Massachusetts–Amherst (2020) and University of Florida (2021-2022) and a recipient of the CMA Ensemble Forward Grant (2021, 2024) and the Harvard University FROMM Music Foundation Commission Grant (2021). The trio was an Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab Ensemble (2024), Kinds of Kings Bouman Fellowship Collaborating Ensemble (2022), and Cortona Sessions Featured Ensemble Fellow (2020), and they performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2021 and 2022. Sputter Box was founded by Kathryn Vetter, Alina Tamborini, and Peter White.