Video Premiere: Kate Amrine & Katya Barmotina Perform Ruby Fulton’s “I’m Sorry Not Sorry”

Today’s video premiere features Kate Amrine (trumpet/vocals) and Katya Barmotina (viola/vocals) performing composer Ruby Fulton’s I’m Sorry Not Sorry (video by Mischa Ipp).

I’m Sorry Not Sorry is one of eleven works from Kate Amrine’s latest album This is My Letter to the World. The album explores social topics such as gun violence, abortion rights, climate change, feminism, and immigration through new music for trumpet by Fulton, Amrine, Gemma Peacocke, Jacob TV, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Kevin Joest, inti figgis-vizueta, Jay Rizzetto, and Howie Kenty.

Here’s what Ruby had to say about I’m Sorry Not Sorry:

I got the idea for I’m Sorry Not Sorry when I read that Hillary Clinton was the first presidential candidate in U.S. history to say the words “I’m sorry” to her supporters during her concession speech after losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump. I found that shocking, and it made me think about how strange it is that women feel the need to apologize so much more than men. Beyoncé has an awesome and powerful song called “Sorry” that features the lyrics, “Sorry, I ain’t sorry,” which gave me the idea for the words and the concept of the piece.

This is My Letter to the World is out now on innova recordings, and you can purchase the album here.

About Kate Amrine

A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a prominent trumpet player balancing a multifaceted career from developing new repertoire and curating concerts to freelancing with many different groups in the New York City. Recent performances include a CD release show of music from This is My Letter to the World, a 10 week Off Broadway run of Alice by Heart, and premiering new pieces for trumpet and clarinet with her newest group Spark Duo with Ford Fourqurean. Upcoming performances include a Spring 2020 tour with Spark Duo and the trumpet chair on Whisper House – running off broadway March – April. As a composer, Kate wrote the title track of her debut album As I Am and continues to write other works, most recently being commissioned by the Brand New Bassoon trio. Kate’s upcoming album This is My Letter to the World came out on 1/24/20 on innova records. This album features new music for trumpet inspired by politics and social concepts and addresses issues including gun violence, identity and the experience of being a woman, meditation, and immigration. Several of the pieces have an accompanying video element as well.

Kate is very dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate’s debut album “As I Am” was self – released on November 7th 2017, featuring new music by women composers. Through this project, she was invited to present recitals at various festivals and events including the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford. In addition to advocating for female composers, Kate is very passionate about expanding awareness and representation for female brass players. She is half of the team behind Brass Chicks – a blog dedicated to celebrating the work of female brass players with guest posts and interviews.

About Katya Barmotina

Kate Barmotina enjoys an active freelancing career in NYC. She is a passionate champion of new music and expanding the viola repertoire. As a chamber musician, Kate is a founding member of the PARK Quartet; an ensemble dedicated to playing works by composers living and dead.She is a member of Femmelody, an all female feminist chamber music collective dedicated to the performance of works written exclusively by women. A lover of new music, she has been part of the enormous outdoor world premiere of John Luther Adams’ Sila: The Breath of the World and was part of the new music collaboration project Mix Nouveau for three years. She recently participated in esteemed fresh inc where she collaborated with the Fifth House Ensemble and premiered 5 new works during the festival. She currently teaches at Brooklyn Music School and maintains a thriving private studio in the greater New York area. She’s pursuing her masters in viola performance at the Mannes School of Music. She currently resides in Brooklyn touring coffee shops and taking pictures of hipster dogs.

About Ruby Fulton

Composer and musician Ruby Fulton (b.1981) writes music which invites listeners to explore non-musical ideas through sound. Her musical portfolio includes explorations of mental illness, Buddhism, philosophy, psychedelic research, addiction, and chess strategy; and profiles of iconic popular figures like the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and musicians Syd Barrett and Whitney Houston.

Fulton is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on and writing for violin, flugelhorn, and keys. Much of her work falls into the category of concert music, written for ensembles ranging from duos and trios to full orchestras, choirs, and wind ensembles. Fulton also writes music that she performs herself, using loops and samples to become a one-person orchestra. Whatever musical genre or instruments Fulton chooses, her music reflects the rhythms and pulses of daily life, and the world around her. Her music has been performed by the Boulder Philharmonic, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Holland Symfonia, Volti, and Newspeak; and programmed on the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Guadeamus New Music Festival, and the SONiC Festival.