Caroline Shaw is undaunted by new artistic experiences, like having her first conversation with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae recorded on mic for this podcast. Caroline discusses her upcoming set on September 12 at Roulette, the power of communal singing, performance personas, and of course, Kanye West. For more information about Caroline Shaw and links to the recordings mentioned on this episode, please visit our Show Notes!
Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She is the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for the Dover Quartet, the Calidore Quartet, the Aizuri Quartet, FLUX Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Anne Sofie von Otter, The Crossing, Roomful of Teeth, yMusic, ACME, ICE, A Far Cry, Philharmonia Baroque, the Baltimore Symphony, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. In the 2017–18 season, Caroline’s new works will be premiered by Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Britten Sinfonietta, TENET with the Metropolis Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and Luciana Souza with A Far Cry. Future seasons will include a new piano concerto for Jonathan Biss with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and a new work for the LA Phil. Caroline’s scoring of visual work includes the soundtrack for the feature film To Keep the Light as well as collaborations with Kanye West. She studied at Yale, Rice, and Princeton, and she has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.
Melbourne-based Deborah Kayser chats with both Jane Sheldon (ResBods Australia co-director) and Lucy Dhegrae (ResBods director/founder) to talk about her upcoming set for the inaugural Sydney festival at Carriageworks, co-presented by Sydney Chamber Opera. Deb presents a work with her partner in music and life, Nick Tsiavos, that is a journey of text in English, French, and Ancient Greek, a collaborative composition begun by Nick Tsiavos as the a solo bass piece “One Hundred Months, Third of East.” The three also chat about Dithyramb by Jason Eckardt, which Deb premiered, and Deb’s musical heroes (which includes the one and only Freddie Mercury!). For more information, please visit our show notes.
Deborah Kayser performs in areas as diverse as ancient Byzantine chant, French and German Baroque song and classical contemporary music, both scored and improvised. Her work has led her to tour regularly both within Australia and internationally to Europe and Asia. She has recorded, as soloist, on numerous CDs, and her work is frequently broadcast on ABC radio.
As a member of JOUISSANCE, and the contemporary music ensembles ELISION and LIBRA, she has performed radical interpretations of Byzantine and Medieval chant, and premiered works written specifically for her voice by local and overseas composers.
For Kayser, performance highlights include works by composers Liza Lim, Richard Barrett, David Young, Volker Heyne, Michael Finnissy, Helen Gifford and Chris Dench.