RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL
CARRIAGEWORKS AND SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA PRESENT
RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL
SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA
Illuminating the shape-shifting power of the human voice, Resonant Bodies is an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013. This exclusive Australian iteration will feature Swedish-Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australians Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser and Sonya Holowell.
‘An immersion in experimental vocal music, this Festival is as artist-focused as a festival gets’ NEW YORK TIMES
Presented in association with the Resonant Bodies Festival (USA).
MITCHELL RILEY, OH MENSCH!, IMAGE LISA TOMASETTI, 2016
31 AUG – 1 SEP 2018
FRI 31 AUG 8PM
Rully Shabara, Sofia Jernberg
SAT 1 SEP 5PM
Deborah Kayser, Sonya Holowell
SAT 1 SEP 8PM
Mitchell Riley, Ariadne Greif
Tickets $35 + bf
Single tickets for Sat 5PM show now sold out.
Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara is known for his explorations of the human voice in extremis. His output folds together elements from the Indonesian metal, punk and experimental music scenes in boundary smashing performances that evoke ritual, possession, trance and transcendence.
For his set at Resonant Bodies those voices will eject and escape as raw power in unamplified solo wailing, moving through layers of ecstatic extension, culminating in a new piece with his recently formed project Setabuhan – a pattern-driven, muscular music for drummers, voice and dancers.
Powerhouse experimental vocalist Sofia Jernberg (Ethiopia/Sweden) is known across the world for her compositions, her spectacular improvisations and the unique palette of sounds she commands.
Her focus for this Resonant Bodies performance is on the incredible acoustic possibilities of the human throat, exploring and extending its scope without the aid of external or electronic effects. The set will open with a solo by Sofia after which she will be joined by Jim Denley (saxophone) in a new composition by Johan Jutterström (Sweden).
Deborah Kayser has for several decades, been a guiding voice for new, innovative vocal music in Australia.
Her set for Resonant Bodies is the next chapter in her long-standing project, One Hundred Months, Third of East. Composed by (and performed with) contrabass player Nick Tsiavos, One Hundred Months… journeys through a kind of modernist Byzantium of the imagination, forming an architecture into which both voice and bass project.
Sydney vocalist Sonya Holowell will bring her two duos (with pianist/improviser Jonathan Holowell and designer Elia Bosshard) together into one show. Holowell’s epic and unpredictable performances are coloured by backgrounds in classical, jazz, modal and experimental genres.
The ‘Holowell’ duo will play an extended free improvisation accompanied by a grand-scale sculptural installation by Bosshard. Placing their trust in spontaneous processes for organising sound, their set will respond with immediacy and subtlety to the complex stimuli of Carriageworks’s architecture.
Star of ten of SCO’s most iconic shows, Mitchell Riley’s return to Sydney is marked by the premiere of a new one-man stage work by Jack Symonds and Pierce Wilcox. Taking Patrick White’s Voss as its basis, this song cycle for voice, piano (Zubin Kanga) and electronics pushes Mitchell’s voice and body into new and extreme territory with a quizzically modern interpretation of an Australian icon.
American soprano Ariadne Greif is “an artist known for her fearless performances of raw emotionality.” (NY Times).
Her Resonant Bodies set plays through scenes on the complex experiences of children. Greif’s theatrical program features new and recent work by Shawn Jaeger, Ricardo Romaneiro and Ryan Chase (Jabberwocky) – for which she will be joined by wunderkind New York-based Australian organist Alessandro Pittorino.