. . . 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. Having presented Festivals in New York City, Melbourne, Chicago, Banff, and Sydney, 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)
“…the paragon of charismatic, diverse, and meaningful programming…” —i care if you listen
“An immersion in experimental vocal music, this is as artist-focused as a festival gets..." —The New York Times
Since 2013, our audiences have experienced:
279 works, more than 44 hours of music
95 world premieres (34% of total performed repertoire)
211 composers from 28 countries
56 featured vocalists (click here for a list of past artists)
176 guest performers, including Wet Ink, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and TAK Ensemble.
50 podcast episodes interviewing Festival featured artists
123 works by female composers (44% of total performed repertoire)
222 works written in the 21st century (80% of total performed repertoire)