Anaïs Maviel is a vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist—among other things—and brings her liquid vocals and entrancing storytelling to Resonant Bodies 2019 NYC Festival on Wednesday, September 4th, opening the evening with a solo voice and ngoni set. In this episode she talks with ResBods director Lucy Dhegrae about her song-writing process, how she developed a relationship with language (beginning as a vocalist who refrained from words), and how she came to play her custom 14-string kamale ngoni, a harp-like West-African instrument.
World-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who performs on the closing night of the 2019 NYC Festival on September 5th, talks with Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her drag persona/alter-ego Blythely Oratonio, a bombastic yet vulnerable dramatic tenor who revels in Puccini, Freddie Mercury, and everything in between. Stephanie discusses the development of Blythely through her cabaret work with Bearded Ladies Cabaret and director John Jarboe, and the every-existing pull between our Apollonian and Dionysian selves.
Countertenor extraordinaire Anthony Roth Costanzo joins festival director Lucy Dhegrae for a talk about his upcoming set on the 2019 NYC Festival. Anthony performs on the opening night, September 3rd, showcasing his many operatic collaborations with living composers, and chats about his work with Kaija Saariaho, Gregory Spears, Phillip Glass, Suzanne Farrin, and others. Anthony also discusses his upcoming appearance with the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Phillip Glass's "Akhnaten" and his multi-sensory album-turned-megaproject "Glass/Handel."
Arooj Aftab, who performs on the closing night of 7th annual NYC Festival (September 3-5, 2019) talks with Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming ResBods set with Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily, as well as how she has evolved and changed as a musician with a "post-everything" aesthetic.