. . . Resonant Bodies Festival packed a 75-seat Brooklyn venue for three days, giving vocalists a unique curatorial freedom to present repertoire that was important to them. The New York Times wrote, “In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving the program…illuminated the shape-shifting power of the human voice.” Since then, RBF has presented luminaries of vocal music (Dawn Upshaw, Tony Arnold, Joan La Barbara, Pamela Z) alongside rising stars (Julia Bullock, Kate Soper, Sophia Burgos, Nina Dante), showcasing "today’s most talented singers” (Feast of Music) to sold-out audiences at Abrons Arts Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and JACK in Brooklyn. With Festivals currently in New York City, Melbourne, and Chicago—as well as future events in Banff, Sydney, and Los Angeles—RBF has "already made a valuable contribution to the city’s music scene" (The New York Times) and provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire of their choosing.
"Indispensable" "Essential" —The New York Times
"...an exciting, thought-provoking and diversely programmed concert...providing a rare space for performers to collaborate and take risks with new vocal music." —RealTime Arts (Australia)
"...consistently impressive and entertaining." —Seen and Heard International
Since 2013, our audiences have experienced:
- 235 works, more than 34 hours of music
- 82 world premieres (34% of total performed repertoire)
- 181 composers from 28 countries
- 49 featured vocalists (click here for a list of past artists)
- 141 guest performers, including Wet Ink Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and TAK Ensemble.
- 30 podcast episodes interviewing Festival featured artists
- 92 works by female composers (39% of total performed repertoire)
- 166 works written in the 21st century (78% of total performed repertoire)