Hear “Hamburg’s queen of the avant-garde” Frauke Aulbert, who boasts a vocal range of four octaves, share her explorations of extended vocal techniques from around the world, on the same program as Sophia Burgos, a passionate interpreter of art song, chamber music, and contemporary opera, with works by Luciano Berio, Philippe Leroux, and Zesses Seglias; and "preternaturally focused" (NYTimes) Canadian soprano Charlotte Mundy, who will be joined by her ensemble, TAK, to perform premieres by Erin Gee, Doug Balliett, Charlotte Mundy, and Marina Kifferstein of Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout."
Night 2 of the Festival features the “open-hearted” performing style of mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, performing Missy Mazzoli, Caleb Burhans, and Lewis Pesacov (among others); along with the fearless, boundary-pushing tenor Peter Tantsits performing Milton Babbitt, Pascal Dusapin, and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir; and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, founding member of the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, performing works by himself and others for voice and electronics, as well as works by Aperghis and Stockhausen.
Opening Night will feature soprano Julia Bullock, First-Prize winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, singing David Hertzberg, Lukas Foss, and John Cage, flutist, lyric soprano, and curator of a vibrant repertoire of lesser-known contemporary masterpieces; Alice Teyssier, who will perform with her ensemble, Atelier; and Ethiopian-born, Swedish composer/vocalist/improviser Sofia Jernberg, making her New York debut with her own virtuosic vocal compositions as well as a new piece by Johan Jutterström. Sofia Jernberg is presented with support from Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency) and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Admission to her performance is free of charge.