Gelsey BellNew York, NY
Gelsey Bell is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and scholar. She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Her recent works include Cairns, a soundwalk for Green-Wood Cemetery; Meander, a soundwalk created with Joseph White for Brooklyn Botanic Garden; SubtacTTTTTTTTT, an early pandemic online performance created with thingNY; and shuffleyamamba, a dance piece created with Yasuko Yokoshi. She is currently a resident artist at the HERE Arts Center where she is developing the opera mɔːnɪŋ (pronounced morning/mourning). She has released multiple recordings, including This is Not a Land of Kings and Home, with the Chutneys, and received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award for music/sound. Performance highlights also include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Improvement and Crash, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen, and a great many of John King’s Micro-Operas. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU and has published articles in TDR/The Drama Review (for which she is the Critical Acts Co-Editor), The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (for which she is an Associate Editor), Tempo, and Performance Research.
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.
“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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