Resonant Bodies



‘In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving, the program […] illuminated the shape-shifting power of the human voice.’ The New York Times

The Resonant Bodies Festival was first held in 2013 in New York City, bringing together 9 adventurous vocal artists, giving each one free reign to challenge and transform the role of the vocal recitalist. In the past four years Resonant Bodies has grown at a rapid pace, with the 2015 program featuring three of America’s leading interpreters of contemporary vocal music: four-time Grammy award winner Dawn Upshaw, two-time Walter W. Naumburg Award winner Lucy Shelton, and Gaudeamus International Prize winner Tony Arnold.

For its Melbourne incarnation, Australian sopranos Jane Sheldon and Jessica Aszodi, known for their own adventurous vocalising, have invited some of their favourite local and international artists to let loose in the Salon: Composer-vocalist-mover Odeya Nini (US/Israel) will make her Australian debut at Resonant Bodies. Her idiosyncratic performances extend the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating sonic and physical panoramas of silence and noise, tenderness and grandeur. Carolyn Connors (Melbourne) brings her signature mix of intellect, creativity and playfulness to bear on a new work for the festival. Matthew Thomas (Melbourne) will perform Peter Maxwell Davies’ rarely heard classic of the contemporary repertoire Eight Songs for a Mad King with an all-star band. Sheldon and Aszodi will combine to present a duo set that includes world premieres by Australian composers Elliott Gyger and Natasha Anderson.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Natasha Anderson

Jason Eckhardt

Elliott Gyger
A Church Made of Glass

Peter Maxwell Davies
Eight Songs for a Mad King


Carolyn Connors
Solo works

Odeya Nini
A solo voice