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Resonant Bodies Festival

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Our Mission

Resonant Bodies Festival supports the growth and evolution of contemporary vocal music and vocal artists. Our goals are to:
– Produce festivals of the highest caliber that are thrilling to artists and audience
– Catalyze the creation of new vocal music
– Expand the audience for contemporary vocal music
– Challenge and transform the role of the vocal recitalist
– Bring together a global network of contemporary vocalists
– Create and archive media resources to better connect contemporary vocal music audiences, performers, and composers

HISTORY

Resonant Bodies Festival—“in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times)—is a festival of contemporary vocal music that presents “today’s most talented singers” (Feast of Music) performing repertoire curated by and for them. This curatorial carte blanche gives each performance “a happy zealousness, where the singers’ enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious” (Sequenza 21). Since 2013, the “indispensable” and “essential” Festival (New York Times) has presented dozens of vocal artists at venues across New York City: Shapeshifter Lab (2013), JACK (2014), Merkin Concert Hall (2015), Abrons Arts Center (2015), and Roulette (2015-18). With the generous support of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, Resonant Bodies had its international debut in May 2017, presenting a sold-out concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Since then, the festival has expanded to include a Chicago Festival (April 2018 at Constellation) and a Sydney Festival (August 2018 at Carriageworks, co-produced by Sydney Chamber Opera), with a Los Angeles Festival slated for 2019. Expanding the Festival internationally supports our mission of bringing together a global network of contemporary vocalists and expanding the audience for contemporary vocal music.

In just six years, 2200+ live audience members have experienced over 50 vocal artists, performing well over 200 contemporary vocal works by over 180 composers. Serving as an active catalyst for the creation of new vocal music, RBF has presented 82 world premieres and over 160 works written in the 21st century. Resonant Bodies Festival also reaches thousands of additional audience members worldwide through MRMR, a vast, freely accessible online archive including audio and video recordings of past festival performances, the Resonant Bodies Podcast, and the Contemporary Vocal Music Database.

RBF 2018 Chicago – Pamela Z – Typewriter

Pamela Z, voice & electronics

April 8, 2018
at Constellation

Videography by Daniel Nichols Media
Editing by Cutting Bird Video

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RBF 2017 – Kamala Sankaram – Ololyga

World Premiere

Kamala Sankaram, voice & electronics

September 7, 2017
at Roulette

Videography by Cutting Bird Video

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RBF 2017 – Kayleigh Butcher – Her Disappearance – Bethany Younge

East Coast Premiere

Kayleigh Butcher & Bethany Younge, voice & PVC pipe

September 7, 2017
at Roulette

Videography by Cutting Bird Video

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