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Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae interviews vocalist from around the world to discuss singing, performing, curating, and more. Resonant Bodies Festival, an annual Festival of contemporary and avant-garde vocal music is held in New York City each September. “In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times) "young but already essential festival of new vocal music" (New York Times) "today’s most talented singers... seamlessly blend classical, avant-garde and indie-folk” (Feast of Music) "It’s an enterprise that wants and deserves to go everywhere, geographically and artistically, letting singers build 45-minute sets, with unpredictable results." (New York Times) The Resonant Bodies Festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear expert contemporary music vocalists present repertoire that feeds their passion. Presented over three nights, nine dynamic and unique vocalists curate and present 45 minute sets expressing their particular blend of musical tastes; the result is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic contemporary music vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire in New York City. Future seasons will expand the festival to new cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Melbourne, Australia. The festival is directed by Lucy Dhegrae. In anticipation of the coming festival, our podcast spotlights each performer and delves in to their programming ideas and inspirations and establishes a year-round dialogue about what it means to be a solo vocal performer working in the medium of contemporary classical and avant-garde music.

Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae interviews vocalist from around the world to discuss singing, performing, curating, and more. Resonant Bodies Festival, an annual Festival of contemporary and avant-garde vocal music is held in New York City each September. “In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times) "young but already essential festival of new vocal music" (New York Times) "today’s most talented singers... seamlessly blend classical, avant-garde and indie-folk” (Feast of Music) "It’s an enterprise that wants and deserves to go everywhere, geographically and artistically, letting singers build 45-minute sets, with unpredictable results." (New York Times) The Resonant Bodies Festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear expert contemporary music vocalists present repertoire that feeds their passion. Presented over three nights, nine dynamic and unique vocalists curate and present 45 minute sets expressing their particular blend of musical tastes; the result is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic contemporary music vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire in New York City. Future seasons will expand the festival to new cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Melbourne, Australia. The festival is directed by Lucy Dhegrae. In anticipation of the coming festival, our podcast spotlights each performer and delves in to their programming ideas and inspirations and establishes a year-round dialogue about what it means to be a solo vocal performer working in the medium of contemporary classical and avant-garde music.
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Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae interviews vocalist from around the world to discuss singing, performing, curating, and more. Resonant Bodies Festival, an annual Festival of contemporary and avant-garde vocal music is held in New York City each September. “In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times) "young but already essential festival of new vocal music" (New York Times) "today’s most talented singers... seamlessly blend classical, avant-garde and indie-folk” (Feast of Music) "It’s an enterprise that wants and deserves to go everywhere, geographically and artistically, letting singers build 45-minute sets, with unpredictable results." (New York Times) The Resonant Bodies Festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear expert contemporary music vocalists present repertoire that feeds their passion. Presented over three nights, nine dynamic and unique vocalists curate and present 45 minute sets expressing their particular blend of musical tastes; the result is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic contemporary music vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire in New York City. Future seasons will expand the festival to new cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Melbourne, Australia. The festival is directed by Lucy Dhegrae. In anticipation of the coming festival, our podcast spotlights each performer and delves in to their programming ideas and inspirations and establishes a year-round dialogue about what it means to be a solo vocal performer working in the medium of contemporary classical and avant-garde music.

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English

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517.515.8525


Episodes

Episode 57: Erin Gee

8/31/2019
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Composer and vocalist Erin Gee (ResBods 2019, September 5th) happened into her singular composition style somewhat by accident—she was assigned a composition exercise as a graduate student: write a work for solo voice. She wondered, as many composers do, “is there a way to go beyond the emotions that we automatically apply to voice? Can I make sounds with the voice that are truly abstract?” What she came up with has been her incredible artistic output, the Mouthpiece series, which lives in a...

Episode 56: Jane Sheldon

8/29/2019
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Acrobatic, otherworldly soprano Jane Sheldon, who first sang on the 2014 NYC Festival, talks about her upcoming set on opening night of the 2019 NYC Festival on September 3rd at Roulette where she will premiere “Poem For a Dried Up River” which she composed for herself and ensemble, using the poem of the same name by Alice Oswald. In this episode she discusses the challenges of authoring as well as performing in a new work; motherhood vs. composerhood; and Virginia Woolf’s essay “Professions...

Episode 55: Charmaine Lee

8/27/2019
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Vocalist, improvisor, composer, and noise artist Charmaine Lee dives deep into her technique, musical journey, and equipment with ResBods Festival director Lucy Dhegrae on this podcast episode. Charmaine opens the 2019 NYC Fest on September 3rd with close collaborator Conrad Tao (piano & electronics). The conversation ends with a beautiful <10' improvisation by Charmaine using several microphones—including one that picks up her sound through her neck & larynx—ending a very special and...

Duration:01:38:49

Episode 54: Anaïs Maviel

8/10/2019
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Anaïs Maviel is a vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist—among other things—and brings her liquid vocals and entrancing storytelling to Resonant Bodies 2019 NYC Festival on Wednesday, September 4th, opening the evening with a solo voice and ngoni set. In this episode she talks with ResBods director Lucy Dhegrae about her song-writing process, how she developed a relationship with language (beginning as a vocalist who refrained from words), and how she came to play her custom 14-string...

Duration:00:29:34

Episode 53: Stephanie Blythe

7/29/2019
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World-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who performs on the closing night of the 2019 NYC Festival on September 5th, talks with Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her drag persona/alter-ego Blythely Oratonio, a bombastic yet vulnerable dramatic tenor who revels in Puccini, Freddie Mercury, and everything in between. Stephanie discusses the development of Blythely through her cabaret work with Bearded Ladies Cabaret and director John Jarboe, and the every-existing pull...

Duration:00:38:49

Episode 52: Anthony Roth Costanzo

7/25/2019
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Countertenor extraordinaire Anthony Roth Costanzo joins festival director Lucy Dhegrae for a talk about his upcoming set on the 2019 NYC Festival. Anthony performs on the opening night, September 3rd, showcasing his many operatic collaborations with living composers, and chats about his work with Kaija Saariaho, Gregory Spears, Phillip Glass, Suzanne Farrin, and others. Anthony also discusses his upcoming appearance with the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Phillip Glass's "Akhnaten"...

Duration:00:36:55

Episode 51: Arooj Aftab

7/8/2019
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Arooj Aftab, who performs on the closing night of 7th annual NYC Festival (September 3-5, 2019) talks with Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming ResBods set with Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily, as well as how she has evolved and changed as a musician with a "post-everything" aesthetic.

Duration:00:21:14

Episode 50: Megan Schubert (SE)

2/25/2019
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In this Special Edition of ResBods Podcast we catch up with Megan Schubert—RBF NYC 2013/14—and talk about how she programmed her two sets for the Festival, as well as her taste for the theatrical, and the perennial question: to talk or not to talk from stage? [Listen on Soundcloud or Subscribe on iTunes!]

Duration:00:32:33

Episode 49: Christie Finn (SE)

2/11/2019
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In this episode, ResBods catches up American soprano Christie Finn, who performed two seminal works of the contemporary classical repertoire on past Festivals: Georges Aperghis' complete "Récitations" (NYC '13) and Helmut Lachenmann's "Got Lost" (NYC '14). Christie discusses her journey with both of these mammoth works, and also updates us on her recent activities in Stuttgart, Germany. Show Notes

Duration:00:23:00

Episode 48: Lucy Shelton (SE)

2/1/2019
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On this special episode of Resonant Bodies Podcast, legendary soprano Lucy Shelton (2015 NYC Festival) talks about her life in music and her upcoming 75th birthday concert on February 24th at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Lucy's recital is also a celebration of her 1979 recital which was one of the first in the Merkin Concert Hall space, and celebrates her many collaborations with dozens of artists, including her work with Jan DeGaetani, Elliot Carter, Oliver Knussen, Joseph...

Duration:00:54:05

Episode 47: Kate Soper

1/14/2019
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Vocalist and Composer extraordinaire Kate Soper joins ResBods director Lucy Dhegrae to talk about her past ResBods appearances (in 2014 and 2015), her upcoming Festival set for NYC 2019, and her forthcoming opera inspired by medieval French poetry, allegory, and the poet-composer Guillaume de Machaut. Tracks heard on this episode: "Asta Sollilja" from Voice From the Killing Jar, with Wet Ink Ensemble "Poetics" and "Cipher" from Ipsa Dixit, with Wet Ink Ensemble katesoper.com/ Ipsa Dixit...

Duration:00:41:04

Episode 46: Caroline Shaw

9/12/2018
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Caroline Shaw is undaunted by new artistic experiences, like having her first conversation with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae recorded on mic for this podcast. Caroline discusses her upcoming set on September 12 at Roulette, the power of communal singing, performance personas, and of course, Kanye West. For more information about Caroline Shaw and links to the recordings mentioned on this episode, please visit our Show Notes! Show Notes

Episode 45: Deborah Kayser

8/31/2018
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Melbourne-based Deborah Kayser chats with both Jane Sheldon (ResBods Australia co-director) and Lucy Dhegrae (ResBods director/founder) to talk about her upcoming set for the inaugural Sydney festival at Carriageworks, co-presented by Sydney Chamber Opera. Deb presents a work with her partner in music and life, Nick Tsiavos, that is a journey of text in English, French, and Ancient Greek, a collaborative composition begun by Nick Tsiavos as the a solo bass piece “One Hundred Months, Third of...

Duration:00:24:17

Episode 44: Sofia Jernberg

8/30/2018
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Sofia Jernberg sits down with ResBods founder Lucy Dhegrae to discuss her set for the Sydney Festival on August 31, 2018 at Carriageworks in collaboration with Sydney Chamber Opera. Sofia, who performed on the 2016 NYC Festival, will present a solo vocal work, as well as a world premiere by Johan Jutterström, and a collaboration with saxophonist Jim Denley. Sofia talks about her approach to performance and improvisation and what she is looking for in a collaborator. For more information on...

Duration:00:22:04

Episode 43: Sonya Holowell

8/30/2018
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Australian vocalist Sonya Holowell sits down with RBF founder Lucy Dhegrae to discuss her upcoming set for the Sydney Festival at Carriageworks (co-presented by Sydney Chamber Opera) on September 1, 2018. Sonya talks about her improvisatory practice and how so many people and ideas have influenced her work, including the indigenous practice of “dadirri,” collaborations with designer/flutist Elia Bosshard, jamming with pianist and improvisor Jonathan Holowell (who is also her dad) and the...

Duration:00:19:01

Episode 42: Mitch Riley

8/21/2018
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Mitchell Riley sits down with Resonant Bodies Australia co-director Jane Sheldon to talk about his upcoming set on September 1, 2018, at Carriageworks in Sydney. Mitch talks about the influence that his recent studies at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq have had on his approach to performing, and gives us the story behind the world premiere he's going be presenting at the festival. For more information about Mitch and links to the recordings heard on this episode, please visit...

Mitch Riley Show Notes

8/21/2018
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Episode 41: Jen Shyu

8/20/2018
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On a recent rare day home in New York, world-roving musician Jen Shyu joined Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae for a chat. Jen discusses her upcoming set on September 12th at Roulette, her origins as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer, and her process collecting folk songs from community elders across the world and integrating them into projects of her own. For more information about Jen Shyu and links to the recordings mentioned on this episode, please visit our Show...

Duration:00:44:12

Episode 40: Sarah Maria Sun

8/10/2018
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German soprano Sarah Maria Sun is creative performer—part vocalist, part comedian, part stage director. Her set for September 13th on the 2018 New York City Festival has works by Thierry Tidrow, Rebekah Saunders, and Georges Aperghis. She discusses her upcoming album release—Harawi, by Olivier Messiaen—and the choice to go vinyl, as well as her road to loving the stage. For more information about Sarah Maria, including full tracks heard on this episode, please visit the show notes. SHOW...

Episode 39: Helga Davis

8/1/2018
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Helga Davis dives right in. Conversing with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae, Davis discusses her upcoming set on the 2018 NYC Festival on September 11th at Roulette, finding her tribe, unapologetically connecting to her purpose, and keeping a rigorous morning routine (which she reveals!). For more information about Helga Davis and links to recordings and articles mentioned in this episode, please visit our Show Notes. This episode was edited by Jeremy Hirsch. SHOW NOTES

Duration:00:35:52