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Sugar Vendil

New York, NY         

Sugar Vendil is a New York-based composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist lauded for “leading the unlikely intersection of classical music and new fashion” (The New York Times). Her artistic practice is strongly rooted in rigorous discipline as a musician and gradually expanded into performance that integrates music, choreography/movement, and fashion, and unconventional approaches to the piano.  She is a proud second generation Filipinx American.

Vendil was a 2017 Summer Labs Artist in Residence at National Sawdust and a 2016 Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making.  Other residencies include Avaloch Farm, Earthdance (E|MERGE Multidisciplinary Residency), the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Yaddo. She is the founder of The Nouveau Classical Project, a music ensemble that collaborates with fashion designers for its performances.

Vendil is an advocate of the oxford comma, is obsessed with her cat Coco, and has an excellent memory. 

NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 29 2014 | By Sugar Vendil
Making the Numbers Work

One of the toughest parts of being a musician in new music is finding the balance between making a living and performing the music and concerts you are passionate about....

Articles May 22 2014 | By Sugar Vendil
Performers as Co-Creators

Co-creation is something not often explored in the classical genre, and after working on Potential Energies, I’ve been thinking about how the choreographer-dancer process could be applied in creating new...

Articles May 15 2014 | By Sugar Vendil
Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps...

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