upcoming events


September 15. Kathryn performs her work for 4 voices and double bass: Do you know that place? it was my home. with B. Levinson, Eliza Bagg, Sharon Kim and Catherine Brookman. COAXIAL. 8pm sharp.



August 26 + 27. Beethoven 9 and a world premier of a Caroline Shaw piece with LA Phil and LA Master Chorale under the direction of Xian Zhang. 8pm.

August 9. Kathryn performs a set of original vocal music with musician and acrobat Linnea Sablosky at Kinship in Highland Park. 8:30pm.

July 28. Sympoiesis- Performing in a very special work by Dahn Gim and Alex Wand, with musicians Archie Carey, Odeya Nini and more. 7pm at Camera Obscura, Santa Monica.

July 23. Kathryn returns to LA to sing Mahler 2 with the LA Phil and LA Master Chorale under Gustavo Dudamel’s baton at the Hollywood Bowl. 8pm.

July 1-21. Kathryn is on exploration of migratory birds of Pacific Flyway by bicycle researching and collecting field recordings.

JUNE 11. 12. 14. Meredith Monk’s ATLAS with Yuval Sharon & LA Phil. @ Walt Disney Concert Hall. 8pm.

March 11. Kathryn sings and improvises with Joshua Gerowitz Ensemble at MorYork at 8pm.

March 22 + 23. Kat sings the premier of Moses with LA Opera by Henry Mollicone and Shishir Kurup, and conducted by James Conlon.

Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of the Lady of Our Angels in DTLA.


March 24. Kat sings the newly composed and staged music of Carmina Escobar to Kathleen Johnson's Brainchild V.


This Sunday, March 24 
Performances at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
@southwillard at 970 North Broadway #202 Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Space is limited please RSVP (email kathleenjohnso@gmail.com)
to secure your entrance. Free. 

February 8th. Kathryn performs a live scoring of a yoga meditation class at Kinship Yoga for Meg Shoemaker’s m u s i c b a t h class. Friday 8pm.

February 17. Performing an improvised opera with Open Gate theater. 8pm.

January 21. performing a brand new of original music set at the Resident DTLA. Monday 8:30pm.

January 27. performs with friend and collaborator Chris (sgt. leper) who has been homeless in Highland Park LA since 2000. The set is a part of The Mortuary’s Little Death series for unclassifiable performance experiences. Sunday 8pm. The Mortuary.

February 8th. Kathryn performs a live scoring of a yoga meditation class at Kinship Yoga for Meg Shoemaker’s m u s i c b a t h class. Friday 8pm.

December 17th. Kathryn sings Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at Zipper Hall as a part of the Monday Evening Concerts series. Tickets here.

December 15. Festival of the Carols performance with Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Grant Gershon. 2pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tickets here.

December 13. Kathryn performed new original material at the rec center with Ben Finley. 9pm.

December 7, 8, 9. Tchaikovsky & Ives with LA Phil and Master Chorale with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

December 4. Kat and Ben play alongside Deradoorian and Sharon Kim. 9pm. rec center.

November 25. Stories from Home. Kathryn joins Tonality, social justice choir, for a concert discussing homelessness, and immigrant struggles. at First Congregational Church of LA. 7pm.

November 25. Kathryn sings the Pie Jesu soprano solo from the Fauré Requiem. 11am at First Congregational Church of LA.

November 23, 24, 25. Stanley Kubrick’s: A Sound Odyssey with LA Phil and Master Chorale. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

November 2. Performs with Carmina Escobar in ENDLESS LIFE, a Dia De Los Muertos celebration at The Bowtie Project. 7pm.

October 13 and 24. Machines and Strings concert at CalArts’ Wild Beast (October 13th) and REDCAT (October 24th). Kathryn premieres a new piece by Sarah Belle Reid written for her and Ryan Gaston (playing Daxophone)

October 7th. Performing with social justice choir, Tonality, in a concert called Democracy In Action. First Congregational Church of LA at 7pm.

September 27th. Kathryn sings with LA Master Chorale and the LA Philharmonic for a gala to celebrate 100 years of LA Phil. Under the conductor Gustavo Dudamel, they will be performing music from John Adams to Frank Zappa. Purchase tickets here.September 8. Singing with Tonality for an important concert about gun violence called PUT YOUR GUNS DOWN at First Congregational Church of LA.  8pm. 

August 26. I will be singing in Daniel Recital Hall for a recital curated by my longtime mentor and teacher Tim MacDougall. 8pm.

August 24. Kathryn performs original music about birds in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kex 9pm.

Monday, August 13. Kathryn will be performing long-time collaborator, Ben Finley's piece at Coaxial. 9pm.

Sunday, August 12. she will be singing a new piece at First Congregational Church of LA with some field recordings and findings from her recent tour. 

August 10. Performing in LA with Louis Cole's ALBUM RELEASE show. Lodge Room.SOLD OUT

May 5th. Lauren Davis and Sharon Choi Kim join Kathryn for a trio set of new music. We will be bringing the poetry of Anthony McCann to music. Derek Gaines of Jerkagram will also be playing. at CIA in North Hollywood. 9pm

May 10. Kathryn will be performing in a faculty recital in the Westerbeck Recital Hall at Pasadena City College. She will also be singing with fellow PCC voice teacher Alina Roitstein for the concert. Kathryn's original work will also be performed.

May 13. Kathryn and Alex Wand collaborate with Lindsey Lollie, featuring Jay Carlon and other dancers to perform live music to new movement. at Zebulon. 9pm

May 17. Tonality and National Children's Chorus Concert. Royce Hall UCLA.7pm.

May 23.  Kathryn performs the music of Michael Abel's at the ASCAP film music awards ceremony. Beverly Hilton 8pm.

May 26.  Kathryn and Alex play live music to Lindsey Lollie's new choreography at Zebulon again! 9pm

June 3.  Performing the site specific music of Heather Lockie for the Dogstar event. details tba

June 16.  Performing Erika Bell's music at the Dogstar event. details tba.

July 14- July 26. Kathryn performs solo sets on tour. Shows in Portland, Maine; Boston, MA; Providence, R; New York City; & Philadelphia. She will be touring with Alex Wand all via bicycle for their ecology tour based on migratory species that pass through these areas.



April 21. Kat & Ben play new works and improvisations at Pop-Hop in Highland Park for Patrick Shiroishi and Rob Magill's album release "Eyes in the Dirt" 7pm

April 14. Premiering John Snyder's song cycle Dark Things based on some of Novica Tadic's poetry. Location tba. 

April 13.  Kat & Ben play a set of new works and improvisations at Art Share LA for Ackland's album release celebration. 8:30pm.

March 25. Kat plays solo set with other sets by Patrick Shiroishi and Derek Gaines. Rouhage #2. Message for location details. 9pm.

February 24. Kat and Ben ALBUM RELEASE show at Art Share. 9pm. Event will feature dancers, and visual art as well as our limited addition physical copies of our CDs made from up-cycled books

Feburary 20. Kat sings with Louis Cole and full band at the Blue Whale. 9pm.

January 27. Performing improvised experimental vocalizations with Carmina Escobar for an immersize experience for the Art Los Angeles Festival at Barker Hangar. 4-6pm.

January 8. Kat and Ben play at the Griffin with Jerkagram. 9pm.

December 30. Kat sings with Genevieve Artadi & Louis Cole and full band music 9pm. email for details.

December 17. Kathryn sings soprano solo from the Bach Magnificat at First Congregational Church of LA. 11am.

December 10. Kat and Ben perform at Stories presented by dublab & contact wave radio. show also features George Jensen. 8pm.

December 3rd.  Kat and Ben perform live on dublab's Contace Wave Radio. 10-12am.

December 2nd. Kathryn plays a solo set of original as katshu at (the) Handbag Factory. 9:30pm

December 2nd. Kathryn sings music written by Steven Van Betten for Szalt's Benefit show at the MorYork Gallery. 4pm & 6pm.

November 17,18, 19, 20Kathryn performs the show Undine, with fourlarks at Basic Flowers. 

September 23. Kat and Ben perform new pieces for double bass, electric bass and acoustic and electronically processed voice and synthesizer. Music by Davy Sumner's newly built ForkOrgan instrument will be played. Also, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang will perform a set of improvised Persian music with voice and setar.

August 25th. Kathryn and Ben Finley play a set of freshly written original music at ArtShare LA.

August 18. Kathryn performs Caitlyn Conlin's original music with Conlin and Alex Wand. At Battery Books. 8pm.

August 5.  Kathryn premiers her composition, and performs with a female vocal quartet from C3LA at an event to raise awareness of climate change and human's impact on the environment. At the Small Green Door. 8pm

July 24. Kathryn performs with Effloresence. Location TBA. 7pm.

July 1. Kathryn sings with Shvidkala  (vocal septet singings the music of the Repubic of Georgia) at Bar Lubitsch for Ted Case's CD release. 8pm.

June 28. Kathryn sings with C3LA (collectively run contemporary voice ensemble) at LACE. 8pm.

June 18. Performing an aLma.MaddR production at Automata. 8pm

 June 10. Kathryn is soprano soloist for Carmina Burana at Pasadena City College. 7pm.

June 4. Kathryn is one of the soloists for Honegger's King David at First Congregational Church of LA with the Southern California Brass Consortium. 2pm.

June 3. Blackberry Tongues plays The Smile! Progressive rock show at HM157. 9pm. Ariel Pink and others will also be playing. 

May 20Kathryn is soprano soloist in Carmina Burana at the new CSA Hall in Riverside, CA. 7pm.

May 10.  Kathryn performs with Eric Pham, Theodossia Roussous and Effloresence at Art Share LA. 9pm.

April 26. Blackberry Tongues plays at the smell with In The Womb and Andorkappen. 9pm

March 18th. Bach in the Subways at Union Station. Marathon 10 hour performance from. Kathryn performs with Concerto NoHo from 2-3pm.

March 5th. Weaving Locus plays at the blue whale. at 10pm. This group consists of Ben Finley, Greg Uhlmann, Randy Gloss, Cari Stevens, Robert Perez, and Kathryn.

March 3rd, and 4th.  C3LA collectively-run contemporary voice ensemble performs a set of music playing with words. The concert is called Glossolalia, and all the works are written within the last 25 years. at the DNJ Gallery.

February 24th, and 25th. Opengate opera's "Hecuba" featuring traditional Balinese dance, and music. at the Electric Lounge. 

January 13th. Kathryn sings with trio Argenta Walther and Amy Golden at Automata in Los Angeles.  9pm.

January 20th. Kathryn is soprano in "Other People" is a re-imagining of Jean Paul Sarte's one-act play, "No Exit." by Sean Hayward, and Tyler Vandermaas' "Dream of a Child" for chamber ensemble. at 1142 East 11th St. Los Angeles. 8pm.

October 29th. Another performance Rand Steiger's Nimbus on the escalators of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

October 1. the world premiere of Rand Steiger's Nimbus. The performance will take place on the escalators of Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the opening day extravaganza of the Green Umbrella Series.

September 24th. Kalebi, the Georgian vocal sextet, performs after Four Larks' theater piece in a secret Music theater location in DTLA. 10pm.more details tba. 

September 22nd. Blackberry Tongues performs after Four Larks' theater piece in a secret Music theater location in DTLA. 10pm.more details tba. 

September 10th Blackberry Tongues plays in SF. Details TBA.

September 2nd Blackberry Tongues plays new original music at the Ham and Eggs in LA. 9pm.

August 20th Expressive Movement under the direction of Jeremy Hahn with live original music by Kathryn Shuman and Eric Pham at Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean. 11am to 1pm.

July 14 at 7pm & 17 at 2pm. Ben & Kat perform at Westben Festival Ontario, Canada @ 7pm.

July 1-14  Ben & Kat Canada and East Coast U.S. tour. Shows in New York City, Montreal, Toronto, Cambellford, S, Details TBA. 

March 13 Kathryn Shuman's MFA Graduate recital at California Institute of the Arts @ 8pm.

Kathryn performed her original compositions and works by Earl Kim, Georges Aperghis, 

January 24 Prism Effloresence show. 3pm @ Atwater Village site based performance

Kathryn will be singing original, avant-garde classical, and improvised music with the music collective Effloresence. This inter-disciplinary show includes movement, visual art, and music. Free Admission.

December 17 World Music Collective @ CalArts Gamelan Room 8pm

Kathryn performed Balinese gamelan music and dance, Javanese music. She sang traditional Georgian music with her ensemble Kalebi, and sang traditional Mexican folk songs, and played Sogo drums for a traditional West African Set.

December 13 African Concert  @ Calarts 8pm

A concert full of different African ensembles at CalArts. Kathryn will be performing drumming with the Advanced African Ensemble, Aza. 

December 9 Blues Band @ main gallery CalArts. 12pm

A set full of feisty and mellow blues music featuring Miroslav Tadic.

November 19. Blackberry Tongues in LA @ Loaded Hollywood, with Jerkagram, Prissy Whip & Corima



September 12.  Ben & Kat perform works from their upcoming album at the 1604 house. @ 8pm.





August 28. Blackberry Tongues in San Diego, with Vaginals, Fistfight with Wolves, & Beekeeper. @ the Black Cat.

August 22performing Genevieve Artadi's new solo album, Genevieve lalalafeaturing Louis Cole & lots of others. @ The Springs. 7pm.




August 12. Blackberry Tongues performs @ Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach. 8pm.


August 2. Kathryn performs original music and original arrangements with Sean Fitzpatrick (drummer/vocalist) and Ben Finley (bass).  @ First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. 11am.





July 27. performing Genevieve Artadi's (of KNOWER, & Pollyn) recently released solo album, Genevieve lalala, featuring Louis Cole & others . @ The Dragonfly in Los Angeles.


July 23. Kathryn Shuman (soprano soloist) and the Isaura String Quartet perform works by Osvaldo Golijov, Meredith Monk, Johannes Brahms, and more. Mezzo-soprano Argenta Walther will also be a featured soloist.




June 26. 8pm. Blackberry Tongues@ Cirvello's in Long Beach


June 18.   John Luther Adams" Sila: The Breath of the World at the Ojai in Berkley




June 15. performing Genevieve Artadi's (of KNOWER, & Pollyn) recently released album, Genevieve lalala, featuring Louis ColeLas Vegas, NV


June 11.  west coast premier of John Luther Adams" Sila: The Breath of the World at the Ojai Music Festival



June 6. 8pm. Effloresence  Prism show from the recently created series (2014), premiering movement, animation, and music all composed and choreographed by the artists performing. at arts @ play