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Majel ConneryFar Rockaway, NY
Majel Connery makes dreamy electronic pop with repressed classical influences. Her recent solo EP, “Anything Chartreuse,” was called “art pop with the sensitivity and nuance of classical music—but none of the inhibitions” (Second Inversion). A foray into radio in 2018 led to a collaboration on Radiolab’s “Gonads” series, including a Radiolab Live performance at NYU’s Skirball Center, and an album release on Bandcamp.
Majel left a music assistant professorship at UC Berkeley in 2015 to launch a career as a solo artist. Since then, as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford (2017), she commissioned and performed Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s “Contriving the Chimes,” written for Majel and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and staged by opera director Christopher Alden. In 2016, as Mellon Visiting Artist at Wellesley, she commissioned and performed Aeolus, a throat-singing rock opera by Rome- and Berlin Prize-winning composer Ken Ueno. She has also served as a lecturer at Princeton, where she co-taught a “Voice” seminar with poet Jeff Dolven.
In opera circles, Majel is best known as Artistic Director for avant-garde opera company, Opera Cabal (2007-2018), whose premiere of G.F. Haas’s ATTHIS at The Kitchen (with ACME) was described as “one of the most … searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times (New York Times).
She appears most frequently with composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical, and as a solo artist. As restless as her music, Majel is bi-coastal, based in Far Rockaway, Queens and Berkeley, CA.
From “The Sea,” created by Oracle Hysterical, commissioned by A Far Cry, and premiered at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston).
“Jonah’s Song” was written by Majel Connery and arranged by Brad Balliett.
Recorded live at Oktaven Audio with Oracle Hysterical and A Far Cry. Video by Four/Ten Media.
“Rebeam Me” is from the solo EP Anything Chartreuse (2019). Written and performed by Majel Connery with contributing arrangement by Chris Botta.
Lyrics by Brad Balliett.
Video by Four/Ten Media.
Album available at https://majelconnery.bandcamp.com/
“Contriving the Chimes” by Caroline Shaw, with the St. Lawrence String Quartet
“Contriving the Chimes” (Caroline Shaw) & “August is also cruel” (Doug Balliett) commissioned and performed by Majel Connery and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Directed by Christopher Alden. Dramaturgy by David Levin.
Performed and recorded live at Bing Concert Hall Studio April 2017.
Supported by the Shenson Fund, Stanford Live, the Stanford Arts Institute, the Stanford University Department of Music, and made possible by the Mohr Visiting Artist Residency, administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.