From the debut festival at Shapeshifter Lab in 2013, to our fifth anniversary at Roulette in 2017, Resonant Bodies Festival has become an integral part of the global new vocal music community, deemed as "essential" and as "an enterprise that wants and deserves to go everywhere, geographically and artistically" (New York Times). Our festivals are structured around freedom, exploration, and deep investigation of the voice, while building a community of vocalists, audience members, and resources.
In those five short years since RBF's inception, audiences have experienced:
- 41 vocal artists at 6 festivals
- 207 works of vocal music
- 144 composers from 28 countries
Of those 207 works:
- 75 were world premieres
- 166 were composed in the 21st century
- 72 were written by female composers
RBF is committed not only to presenting amazing musical experiences, but also to catalyzing the creation and performance of new music and bringing together the global community of new music vocalists.
Bolstered and emboldened by these successful five years, we are thrilled about our plans for 2018 and beyond. With support from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, we expanded to Melbourne (Australia) in 2017, and will present festivals in three additional brand new locations: Chicago (April 6-8 at Constellation), Sydney (August 31-September 1 at Carriageworks), and Los Angeles (fall 2018)—all in addition to our sixth annual NYC festival (September 11-13)! Additionally, 2018 will see our first-ever educational program: (R)evolution Resonant Bodies at Banff Centre (July 30-August 4). This week-long intensive, led by world-renowned artists known for their creation and performance of contemporary music, will offer participants the opportunity to perform, create, collaborate, and experiment with their voices in an environment that encourages cross-polination and exploration. Repertoire will be both assigned to participants as well as chosen by them; additionally, participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with faculty on topics like improvisation, extended techniques, live electronics, movement practices, and others. The goal is to celebrate the multifaceted contemporary vocalist through solo and collaborative performance, blurring the traditional roles of vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist.
This year alone, we have received grants from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, New Music USA, the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Amphion Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and Culture Ireland. But what we have always relied on—what Resonant Bodies is made of—is support from individuals. Annual contributions from members of the RBF family are essential in the process of maintaining and developing the organization (and—they're tax-deductible!).
By helping us raise a final $5,500 (of our larger $15,000 goal) by the end of our 2017 fiscal year, you will join us in our mission to:
- 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
We hope we can entice you with our many different rewards (appearing on a podcast! A voice lesson with our director! A house concert! Supporting a featured festival artist!) and thank you so much for supporting us. <3 <3
Risks and challenges
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