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Resonant Bodies Podcast

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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.

Latest Episodes

Episode 57: Erin Gee

EComposer 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.

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Episode 57: Erin Gee

Episode 56: Jane Sheldon

EAcrobatic, 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.”

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Episode 56: Jane Sheldon

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!

-1 sAUG 28
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Episode 55: Charmaine Lee

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.

29 MINAUG 10
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Episode 54: Anaïs Maviel

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.

38 MINJUL 29
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Episode 53: Stephanie Blythe

Episode 52: Anthony Roth Costanzo

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" and his multi-sensory album-turned-megaproject "Glass/Handel."

36 MINJUL 25
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Episode 52: Anthony Roth Costanzo

Episode 51: Arooj Aftab

EArooj 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.

21 MINJUL 9
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Episode 51: Arooj Aftab

Episode 50: Megan Schubert

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!]

32 MINFEB 26
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Episode 50: Megan Schubert

Episode 49: Christie Finn

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.

22 MINFEB 11
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Episode 49: Christie Finn

Episode 48: Lucy Shelton (SE)

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 Schwantner, and the dozens of musicians she has mentored as a teacher.

54 MINFEB 2
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Episode 48: Lucy Shelton (SE)

Latest Episodes

Episode 57: Erin Gee

EComposer 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.

-1 sSEP 1
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Episode 57: Erin Gee

Episode 56: Jane Sheldon

EAcrobatic, 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.”

-1 sAUG 30
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Episode 56: Jane Sheldon

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!

-1 sAUG 28
Comments
Episode 55: Charmaine Lee

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.

29 MINAUG 10
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Episode 54: Anaïs Maviel

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.

38 MINJUL 29
Comments
Episode 53: Stephanie Blythe

Episode 52: Anthony Roth Costanzo

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" and his multi-sensory album-turned-megaproject "Glass/Handel."

36 MINJUL 25
Comments
Episode 52: Anthony Roth Costanzo

Episode 51: Arooj Aftab

EArooj 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.

21 MINJUL 9
Comments
Episode 51: Arooj Aftab

Episode 50: Megan Schubert

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!]

32 MINFEB 26
Comments
Episode 50: Megan Schubert

Episode 49: Christie Finn

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.

22 MINFEB 11
Comments
Episode 49: Christie Finn

Episode 48: Lucy Shelton (SE)

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 Schwantner, and the dozens of musicians she has mentored as a teacher.

54 MINFEB 2
Comments
Episode 48: Lucy Shelton (SE)