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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.






Episode 20: Jennifer Walshe

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Episode 19: Odeya Nini

Odeya Nini explores the landscape of her voice through movement. Her ever-evolving work A Solo Voice is a space for her to explore timbre, texture, emotion, and audience interactivity. She writes, “The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement and action.” Odeya closes the...

Duration: 00:45:37

Episode 18: Hai-Ting Chinn

Hai-Ting Chinn is a not-so-secret science geek, and her set for the 2017 New York City Festival on September 6th celebrates her fascination with the universe in two works: first, in an excerpt from Science Fair, what she calls “a cabaret of science,” and second in a super premiere—her first-ever publicly performed composition—called Pale Blue Dot, which she wrote for her vocal trio Triumphatrix. Show Notes

Duration: 00:39:49

Hai-Ting Chinn Show Notes

Hai-Ting Chinn Read more at American Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. She was featured in the revival and tour of Phillip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, performed at venues around the world from 2011–2014, and she is currently singing the role of Belle in Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, also on tour. She has performed with New York City Opera,...

Episode 17: Kamala Sankaram

From a gothic country band to firework coloratura vocals, Kamala Sankaram is a composer and vocalist who knows bel canto AND belting. Her set for Resonant Bodies Festival on September 7th 2017 reflects her polyglot artistic ways and includes a world premiere of her own composition, as well as her eclectica Yma Sumac cover band Bombay Rickey. Show Notes

Duration: 00:41:48

Kamala Sankaram Show Notes

Kamala Sankaram Read more at Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times), Kamala Sankaram has received commissions from Beth Morrison Projects, HERE Arts Center, Opera on Tap, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, among others. She is the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theater Wing, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, Opera America, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, the Augustine...

Episode 16: Mary Bonhag

Mary Bonhag, who performs on the closing night of Resonant Bodies 2017 in New York, has planned a set that combines her love of text, humor, unconducted chamber music, and programming all in one. In this episode we talk about her nearest and dearest collaborators, and the way her favorite pieces seem to have magical, spell-casting properties. Mary is the co-artistic director of Scrag Mountain Music which is in her home state of Vermont. Show Notes

Duration: 00:49:05

Episode 15: Davóne Tines

Davóne Tines brings not only his gorgeous and powerful voice to all of his performances, but also a thoughtfulness about his platform, and an ability to engage with the social consciousness. In our conversation, we discuss his upcoming 2017 Resonant Bodies set on September 5th entitled “Memorial”, a preview of a forthcoming album connecting songs that span time and genre with questions about spirituality, family, and community. We also discuss Davóne’s work with artists like Peter Sellars,...

Duration: 00:51:08

Episode 14: Kayleigh Butcher

Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher is an adventurous vocalist who is exploring her own connection between singing and choreography in performance. Her Resonant Bodies set features three world premieres (Cara Haxo, Sivan Cohen-Elias, and Daniel Felsenfeld) and works with two choreographers (Katelyn Halpern and Miro Magloire), a piece for pvc pipe, and an unusual late work by Giacinto Scelsi. In this episode we talk about all of these exciting pieces, as well as her ensemble, Quince, a quartet...

Duration: 00:31:11

Episode 13: Theo Bleckmann

Theo Bleckmann is a trained jazz vocalist whose body of work spans pieces for vocal improvisation with toys, Charles Ives, Kate Bush, and Schumann. In addition to working with composers like Meredith Monk, David Lang, and John Zorn, Theo is also a composer himself. In this interview we talk about his upcoming performance on Resonant Bodies Festival’s opening night on September 5th at Roulette; his recording made in a medieval monastery in Switzerland; his work as a visual artist; and his...

Duration: 00:45:40

Theo Bleckmann Show Notes

Theo Bleckmann Please read more at Photo: Lynn Harty GRAMMY® nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann’s diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs, and popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed "Hello Earth - the Music of Kate Bush." Bleckmann has most recently appeared as a special guest on...