Resonant Bodies Podcast

In anticipation of the coming festival, Resonant Bodies Podcast spotlights each performer and delves into the forces that have created each artist and inspired their choices. Our podcast is a year-round dialogue about vocalists and vocal music: what it means to be a solo vocal performer working in the medium of contemporary classical and avant-garde music. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play!

Episode 10: ResBods Oz, with Jane Sheldon and Jessica Aszodi

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In preparation for the first expansion of Resonant Bodies Festival outside of New York City, Festival director Lucy Dhegrae speaks with Jane Sheldon (RBF 2014) and Jessica Aszodi (RBF 2015) about their vision for the first Resonant Bodies Australia, presented by Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Metropolis New Music Festival 2017. ResBods Oz will feature five vocalists who will come together for the first time on May 5th, 2017. 

Episode 09: special mini-episode with Alexandra Porter

Soprano and Resonant Bodies Festival administrative associate Alexandra Porter chats with Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her work with the festival as well as how it has inspired her own concert series, CUSP, in Princeton, NJ, and her work as a solo vocalist. For more information, check out her website: www.alexandraportersoprano.com!

Episode 08: Sofia Jernberg

Swedish vocalist Sofia Jernberg sits down with ResBods director Lucy Dhegrae to talk about her set from RBF 2016 on September 6th at Roulette. Sofia discusses her use of extended vocal techniques and her upcoming CD release, as well as her experience as an improvisor, growing up in Sweden and Vietnam, and where she sees her artistic vision moving in the future. For more information about Sofia Jernberg and links to the recordings heard on this episode, please visit our Show Notes here!

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Sofia Jernberg Show Notes

Sofia Jernberg

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer and performer, born in Ethiopia in 1983. She grew up in Sweden, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Since 2011 she is based in Oslo, Norway.

SINGER

One of her deepest interests as a singer is to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary include sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style. She has dug deep into split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.

BAND LEADER 

In contemporary jazz octet Paavo and new music quartet The New Songs. 

MUSIC THEATER

She has performed several staged music theater pieces like Arnold Schönberg’s ”Pierrot Lunaire”, Salvatore Sciarrinos "Lohengrin”. Composers have written roles especially with her in mind like in Emily Hall’s ”Folie à Deux and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s ”UR:”.

VISUAL ART

She has performed together with visual artist Camille Norment and was a part of her piece ”Rapture” (Venice Biennale 2015) and ”Lull” (Festspillene i Bergen 2016).

IMPROVISER

As an improviser, Sofia appears in many different constellations, but regularly in duo with cellist Lene Grenager. 

COMPOSER

As a composer, her main focus lies in blending improvisation and composition. Besides composing for her own ensembles, she regularly gets commissions from others. Previous commissions: Barents composer orchestra, Swedish Radio, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Trondheim jazz orchestra, vocal ensemble Oslo 14 and various chamber ensembles. 

SIDE MAN

Fire! Orchestra, M&M&M and the Instant Gratification, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra 

Episode 07: Abigail Fischer

"Open-hearted" mezzo soprano Abigail Fischer talks with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming 2016 Festival set. In this episode you will hear tracks by Lewis Pesacov, Missy Mazzoli, and Caleb Burhans; Fischer discusses her collaborations with composers Nico Muhly, John Zorn, Burhans, Mazzoli, and her surprising path to commissioning works related to spirituality.

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Abigail Fischer Show Notes

"Open-hearted" mezzo soprano Abigail Fischer talks with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming 2016 Festival set. In this episode you will hear tracks by Lewis Pesacov, Missy Mazzoli, and Caleb Burhans; Fischer discusses her collaborations with composers Nico Muhly, John Zorn, Burhans, Mazzoli, and others.

Bio

"With her dramatic tumble of red hair and cello-mellow voice, Ms. Fischer sings with dramatic restraint that has no equal in her generation. You didn't want her to stop." So said Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times after Ms. Fischer's performance of George Benjamin's Upon Silence with Orchestra of Saint Luke's at the New York Phil Bienniel. Among the contemporary pieces she has championed, the most notable may be Missy Mazzoli's first opera Song from the Uproar, performed at LA Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Da Camera Houston in the 2015-2016 season.

Also in 2015-16, Ms. Fischer returned to Boston Symphony Orchestra as soloist (and Fairy actress!) in incidental music from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Andris Nelsons, championed the lead role as Mrs. X.E. in the world premiere of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone in New York City’s Prototype Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and dug into her new favorite role of Carmen in both La Tragèdie de Carmen (Brook/Bizet) at Colorado Music Festival and an abridged Bizet version at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.

Upcoming in the 2016-17 season will include Handel Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Duke Chapel Choir, Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar at the Gardiner Museum in Boston, and her Italian stage debut in Toshio Hosakawa's The Raven in Bolzano, Italy.

Episode 06: Frauke Aulbert

German vocalist Frauke Aulbert has been called “Hamburg’s Queen of the Avante garde.” With a four octave range and a pocket full of extended vocal techniques, Frauke takes curiosity very seriously, and is one of the most accomplished virtuosic vocalists in the new music world today. Her set on the Resonant Bodies Festival on the closing night, September 8th, features improvisations using tuvan throat singing and beatboxing, as well as works by Christine MacComb and Alexander Schubert. 

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Frauke Aulbert Show Notes

German vocalist Frauke Aulbert has been called “Hamburg’s Queen of the Avante garde.” With a four octave range and a pocket full of extended vocal techniques, Frauke takes curiosity very seriously, and is one of the most accomplished virtuosic vocalists in the new music world today. Her set on the Resonant Bodies Festival on the closing night, September 8th, features improvisations using tuvan throat singing and beatboxing, as well as works by Christine MacComb and Alexander Schubert. 

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