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 58: 2019 Review with Ariadne Greif
Festival Director and Founder Lucy Dhegrae talks with ResBods past artist (and 2019 Intermission Performance Troll) Ariadne Greif about the 2019 Fest with a brief review of each artist’s performance and a review of the core values of the Festival and its evolution since 2013.
Episode 57: Erin Gee
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 sound world all of her own making. On this episode, Erin goes into a deep dive with ResBods director Lucy Dhegrae about how these pieces came to be, how she transitioned to being a vocal performer, and where she sees her work going next.
Episode 56: Jane Sheldon
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 for Women.”
Episode 55: Charmaine Lee
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 thrilling ResBods Podcast episode!
Episode 54: Anaïs Maviel
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 kamale ngoni, a harp-like West-African instrument.
Episode 53: Stephanie Blythe
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 between our Apollonian and Dionysian selves.
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This is an excellent podcast detailing the upcoming performers on the 2016 Resonant Bodies Festival in NYC. You learn so much about each performer’s interests and background, and insight into their innovative and unique programming choices. Makes me excited to attend this year!