The Resonant Bodies Festival—“in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times)—is an annual festival of contemporary vocal music that presents nine dynamic vocalists across three nights. The Festival showcases “today’s most talented singers… seamlessly blend[ing] classical, avant-garde and indie-folk” (Feast of Music). Vocalists are invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute set, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. This freedom gives each show a “happy zealouness, where the singers’ enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious” (Sequenza 21).
Founded in 2013, the Resonant Bodies Festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic contemporary music vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire. Having “already made a valuable contribution to the city’s music scene” (New York Times), the festival’s third year proves to be its most ambitious and exciting, featuring: Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, Du Yun, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Jessica Aszodi, Jeffrey Gavett, Kate Soper, and Rachel Calloway.
Jeffrey Gavett’s set will include five world premieres for solo voice by composers Chaya Czernowin (b. 1957), Martin Iddon (b. 1975), Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (b. 1962), Timothy McCormack (b. 1984), and Joan Arnau Pamies (b. 1988).
Kate Soper brings her “lithe voice and riveting presence” (New York Times) to the 2015 Resonant Bodies Festival, joined by members of the Wet Ink Ensemble to present premiere performances of selected pieces from IPSA DIXIT, her theatrical, multi-movement work-in-progress for flute, voice, violin, and percussion.
Rachel Calloway, joined by Ari Streisfeld, violinist with the JACK Quartet, will present the US premiere of music by Forrest Pierce, as well as a world premiere by Amadeus Regucera, and works by Kamala Sankaram.