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Performance Two: Sonya Holowell & Deborah Kayser

  • Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, NSW, 2015 Australia (map)

Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks present Resonant Bodies Festival Australia:

Sonya Holowell & Deborah Kayser

with collaborators: Elia Bosshard, Jonathan Holowell & Nick Tsiavos

Tickets $35 (or $60 for a three-show pass)

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.


Sydney vocalist Sonya Holowell will bring her two duos, with pianist/improviser Jonathan Holowell and designer Elia Bosshard, together into one show. Holowell duo will play an extended free improvisation alongside a grand-scale sculptural installation by Bosshard. Holowell's epic and unpredictable performances are coloured by backgrounds in classical, jazz, modal and experimental genres. Their set will respond with immediacy and subtlety to present-tense visual, kinaesthetic and acoustic stimuli, as they perform a ritual of trust in the spontaneous processes of organising sound

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.

Photo credits: Vsevolod Vlaskine

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