Sidney Chen (left), Holly Nadal, Toby Newman,
Emily Eagen, Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Peter Sciscioli
Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist & composer whose work ranges from writing for chamber ensembles to multi-track tapes with live performance to music for unique ensembles, such as gamelan and early music groups, to live and recorded music for theater, dance and film. Sasha has a Master of Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied composition and world musics, integrating the two into multi-movement, interdisciplinary performances. For the voice, Sasha often uses a language of sounds and has developed a way of singing that incorporates his studies in world, early & contemporary new musics. He has composed music for numerous theater, dance & films, such as On Becoming, a new vocal theater work; the TV scores of Burkittsville 7 and Shadow of the Blair Witch; Grimm, a multimedia dance theater work; and Hidden Circle, an interdisciplinary work for voice, prepared tape, movement & projections. Sasha has worked with many artists, such as SaReel Project, Sabrina Lastman, composer Lou Harrison, American Festival of Microtonal Music, Hesperus, choreographers Faith Pilger & Otis Cook, and Meredith Monk on her Grammy-nominated CD impermanence, for ECM Records.
Sidney Chen began performing with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble in 2012, in Realm Variations with the San Francisco Symphony, and currently tours internationally with Monk’s newest music-theater production On Behalf of Nature. Based in San Francisco, he performs with and is the Artistic Advisor for the new music chamber chorus Volti, the only choir to be recognized with six ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. In 2009 he sang in Carnegie Hall’s 45th-anniversary celebration of Terry Riley’s In C, curated by the Kronos Quartet. He has performed solo works by Monk for unaccompanied voice at Oakland’s Garden of Memory 2008 and live on KUSF, and in 2006 he sang in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as part of the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert. He co-produced Volti’s 2010 album Turn the Page (Innova Records), which the San Francisco Chronicle deemed “first-rate” and “exhilarating.” In addition to his performance work, he is the Artistic Administrator of the Kronos Quartet and the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Editor of NewMusicBox, a publication of New Music USA.
Emily Eagen is an active performer of early music, contemporary music, and traditional American music, as well as an avid experimenter in musical genres of all kinds. Emily studied voice at Macalester College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001 to study at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Emily’s solo highlights include Tehillim (Reich) with the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Tao (Andriessen) with the Amsterdam Concertgebow, solo works with the Baroque ensemble L’Arpeggiata, and new works by living composers at festivals in the United States, the Netherlands and Bosnia. Emily currently performs with the DC-based Hesperus ensemble, singing Sephardic and Renaissance music to accompany the 1920s horror film The Golem. Emily is a soloist with the Mediterranean Medieval ensemble Sendebar, and was the 2008 recipient of the Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship for medieval music from Early Music America. An active teacher as well as performer, Emily is a regular faculty member at The Augusta Heritage Center (WV), The Amherst Early Music Festival (CT), and a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall. Also a two-time International Whistling Champion, Emily combines singing and whistling in the performance of new compositions, and sings, whistles, and plays the ukulele with the NYC old time/early blues band The Whistlin’ Wolves.
Holly Nadal is active as both a soloist and chamber musician, frequently performing the music of the past five centuries as well as her own adaptations of medieval chant with live electronics and looping. Recent performances include appearances with the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York and Lost Dog New Musik Ensemble. She has recorded music for film written by Dominic Frasca, and premiered new works by composers Patrick Barnes, David Nadal, and B. Allen Schulz. In 2004 she and Rebecca Stanton founded Ursula, a duo that performs new works for voice, and traditional as well as new arrangements of music before 1400. Ursula has appeared at the Monkey and the Knitting Factory in New York City, and also as a featured artist with the Astoria Music Society. Holly studied voice with Dr. Patrick Woliver and Patrick Barnes and earned her degree in English Literature with a minor in Theater from Ohio State University. She also has had a keen interest in Meredith Monk’s music for years, most recently transcribing and performing her works.
Toby Newman is a versatile artist who actively performs new music, opera and classical concert repertoire. She starred in Meredith Monk’s feature-length film Book of Days and has repeatedly performed Monk’s work as part of her Vocal Ensemble. At Monk’s invitation, she joined the Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Toby works regularly with composer Robert Een, and was featured in the world premiere of his opera The Escape Artist at the REDCAT theater at Disney Hall in Los Angeles in 2008. Prior to that, she performed a national tour of /Asunder, a collaborative piece by Een and choreographer Yin Mei. Toby maintains a busy operatic and concert career, which has included featured solo appearances with Connecticut Opera, Anchorage Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Peter Sciscioli is a performer, choreographer, arts administrator and educator whose work encompasses contemporary dance, music (voice and violin) and theater. In 2008, he founded Peter Sciscioli Performance Projects to support the creation of his interdisciplinary work, and is currently collaborating on a duet with Serbian actress/vocalist Ana Sofrenovic. He has understudied and performed with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble since 2003, appearing at BAM, the Guggenheim, Whitney Museum, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge and Spoleto USA, and currently serves as Projects Director for Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, having worked closely with Ms. Monk since 2003. Peter has also worked with such luminaries as Ping Chong, Philip Glass, Susan Marshall, Fiona Templeton, Mary Zimmerman and as a member of Jane Comfort and Company (2004-2010) throughout the U.S. and in Europe, and will be seen as a music leader in the upcoming Matthew Barney film, River of Fundament. His interdisciplinary works and collaborations have been presented throughout New York and Chicago; in Alaska, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah and Vermont; and in Brazil, Croatia and Honduras. He has also taught for the Trinity/La MaMa Urban Arts Semester in New York (and is an alumnus of the program), at Duke University and University of Utah among others, and is on the programming committee for Earthdance in Western Massachusetts where he recently curated the Moving Arts Lab. For more information, visit www.petersciscioli.com.