History

Resonant Bodies Festival—“in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times)—is a festival of contemporary vocal music that presents "today's most talented singers" (Feast of Music) performing repertoire of their own choosing. This curatorial carte blanche gives each performance "a happy zealousness, where the singers' enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious" (Sequenza 21). Since 2013, the “indispensable” and “essential” Festival (New York Times) has presented dozens of vocal artists at venues across New York City: Shapeshifter Lab (2013), JACK (2014), Merkin Concert Hall (2015), Abrons Arts Center (2015), and Roulette (2015-18).

With the generous support of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, Resonant Bodies had its international debut in May 2017, presenting a sold-out concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Since then, the festival has expanded to include a Chicago Festival (April 2018 at Constellation) and a Sydney Festival (August 2018 at Carriageworks, co-produced by Sydney Chamber Opera) and has a Los Angeles Festival slated for the near future.

In just six years of programming, the numbers speak triumphantly:

  • 2500+ audience members in attendance

  • 56 vocalists featured

  • 200+ vocal works performed

  • 180+ composers represented

  • 87 world premieres performed

Resonant Bodies Festival also reaches thousands of additional audience members worldwide through MRMR, a vast, freely accessible online archive including audio and video recordings of past festival performances, the Resonant Bodies Podcast, and the Contemporary Vocal Music Database.

Our Mission

Resonant Bodies Festival supports the growth and evolution of contemporary vocal music and vocal artists. Our goals are to: 

  • Produce festivals of the highest caliber that are thrilling to artists and audience

  • Catalyze the creation of new vocal music

  • Expand the audience for contemporary vocal music

  • Challenge and transform the role of the vocal recitalist

  • Bring together a global network of contemporary vocalists

  • Create and archive media resources to better connect contemporary vocal music audiences, performers, and composers

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