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Gelsey Bell

New York, NY            

Described by the New York Times as an “imaginative” “winning soprano” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise,” Gelsey Bell is a New York City-based singer, songwriter, and scholar.  Her performance creations have been presented internationally. She has released multiple albums, including the most recent This is Not a Land of Kings, which appeared on New Music Box‘s and I Care if You Listen‘s Best of 2018 lists, and is a 2017 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Music/Sound grant. Her works include Bathroom Songs, Scaling, Our Defensive Measurements, This Takes Place Close By (with thingNY), Prisoner’s Song (with Erik Ruin), and the acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (with Varispeed). Other performance highlights include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (on Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Crash, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River of Fundament, and Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen. She has a PhD in Performance Studies and is the Critical Acts Co-editor for TDR/The Drama Review and an Associate Editor for The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies.

This is Not a Land of Kings

“This is Not a Land of Kings” (2017) for three voices, performed by Gelsey Bell, Amber Gray, and Grace McLean.

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Feedback Belly

“Feedback Belly” (2018) for voice and electronics, performed by Gelsey Bell at the Resonant Bodies Festival in September 2018 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

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Spent Horizon

“Spent Horizon” (2015), performed by Gelsey Bell and Odeya Nini on March 18, 2015 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY

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