photos courtesy of Marc Perlish Photography


Jessie Marino

Pamela Z


“…an exhilarating plunge into the wilder corners of experimental vocal music.”
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review

“…this is a model for a festival that could return year after year and never become predictable.”
—Seth Boustead, Newcity Music


9 featured artists

7 World Premieres

303 minutes of music

69% by female composers

(highest female/male composer ratio at a festival reported in 2018)



photos courtesy of Peter Godfrey-Smith


Rully Shabara

Mitch Riley


6 featured artists

8 world premieres

270 minutes of music



photos courtesy of Gretchen Robinette


Sarah Maria Sun

Gelsey Bell


“Across three nights, across nine headliners and manifold guest performers (including frequent calls on the audience to become performers themselves), we were reminded that in order to rise above the static, we need to progress and advocate. We need to become the collective voice of a many-throated choir.”
—Olivia Giovetti, National Sawdust’s The Log

“If there’s one quality that unites the selections, it’s a sense of urgency, of sounds breaking through from within.”
—Oussama Zahr, The New Yorker


9 featured artists

5 world premieres

371 minutes of music

1st USA-government-funded project


26 New Podcast Episodes

46 Episodes Total



From 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, November 27th, 19 ResBods vocalists shared short performances with a bit of show-and-tell on Facebook Live, where they demonstrated vocal techniques, discussed improvisation methods, explained the inner workings of live electronics, and talked about the personal stories behind their music. View some highlights from the livestreams below!


2018 Highlights