MUSICAL JOURNEY

I am a trained opera singer and classical pianist who prefers to sing rock, jazz and electronic music. I completed a Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University with a concentration in computer-based live and interactive electronic vocal works; additional areas of concentration included contemporary performance practices, extended vocal techniques, and pedagogical methodologies of the Italian bel canto vocal tradition. During this time I became a noted specialist of 20th and 21st century music, and sang numerous concerts and world premieres throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Following this period I began to explore electronic music composition, and debuted concerts of her electronic vocal works in Vienna at the Essl Museum and Verein08. I also premiered Hildegard Re-Imagined, a electronic reinterpretation of the works of Hildegard von Bingen, presented at a fashion show at Manhattan’s JF & Son Boutique

While living in Jersey City, I was the founder and artistic director of Conflikted Primez, an art collective dedicated to empowering social change through conscious multicultural collaborations with spiritually-minded artists. With Conflikted Primez I co-produced, directed and performed in Youn Pa Youn :: One By One, a multimedia art weekend in Brooklyn devoted to raising awareness about the post-earthquake humanitarian crisis in Haiti. My most recent show, Apathy is Not Sexy: Political Resistance Through Art encompassed classical, jazz and cabaret music from the 1920s and 30s in a lecture / performance format designed to give the audience a comprehensive perspective of music from this important historical period. 

I am currently producing a solo album of live electronic music [to be released in Summer 2020].

 

 SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

‘Many paths, one truth.’

As I have traveled numerous spiritual roads, I have adopted the philosophy of ‘many paths, one truth.’ I embrace the universal teachings found in all major religions, philosophies and indigenous cultures: one love for all beings, compassion, kindness, gratitude, social justice, respect for our Mother Earth, and the revolution of the human spirit.

My spiritual journey began in earnest in 1994 when I worked as an organist and assistant choir director in two churches in Princeton, NJ. One was an African American Presbyterian congregation with deep roots in the Civil Rights Movement; the other was the Spanish Mass at a Catholic Church. These years signified the beginning of my exploration of multi-cultural / multi-denominational faith. In 2009 I decided to take a break from the intensities of a professional performance career and travel to Tanzania to volunteer, teaching and mentoring youth in community schools and street centers. Living in a village and befriending many of the local population (half Muslim and half Christian) further opened my eyes to the divine unity we all share as inhabitants of this beautiful planet.

When I returned to the United States my psyche was profoundly changed. My classical career no longer fulfilled me, and I decided to embrace and create music that speaks soulfully and expansively to a more diverse, inclusive, global audience. I joined a conscious funk band, started DJing weekly at a local restaurant, and began reading about Buddhism and Hinduism. My spiritual quest led me to study yoga under an Indian Buddhist woman, and in 2014 I obtained my yoga teacher certificate.

In my life spent in the music industry and art world, I have experienced first-hand the struggles many artists have with mental health and addiction issues. Embracing an all-encompassing spiritual path has allowed my soul to grow strong and resilient, and has given me the tools to live a holistic, compassionate and peaceful life. I have since dedicated my life to using art to create positive spiritual change within the global community. My teaching practice has likewise evolved, as I consider it my dharma to assist singers and musicians in the search for healthy living practices by empowering them with the necessary tools to traverse the music industry with grace, courage, resilience, and sustainable habits.

 

CLASSICAL EXPERIENCE

I began classical piano lessons at age five, voice lessons at age eleven, and continued training on both instruments through the completion of my undergraduate degree. I then turned my focus towards opera and contemporary/avant-garde music for my graduate and doctoral studies.

My orchestral and opera performances include many of the pillars of 20th and 21st century repertoire: Erwartung and Pierrot lunaire (Arnold Schoenberg); La voix humaine and Dialogues des Carmélites (Francis Poulenc); Ancient Voices of Children, Night Music I and Night of the Four Moons (George Crumb); Folksongs and O King (Luciano Berio); Fünf Geistliche Lieder and Kantate’s No. 1& 2 (Anton Webern); Wozzeck (selections) and Sieben frühe Lieder (Alban Berg); Bouchera (Claude Vivier); Turn of the Screw (Benjamin Britten); and Seven Romances on Text of Alexander Blok (Dmitri Shostakovich). I have also been heard in live broadcasts and interviews on BBC radio (In Tune), CBC Radio 1 (Cinq a six), CBC Radio-Canada and 105.1 K-MZT (Los Angeles).  Recordings include Luna Pearl Woolf’s Orpheus on Sappho’s Shore for Oxingale Records. Notable solo engagements include performances with the JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, Ulysses Ensemble, Washington Chorus, Mobtown Modern New Music Series, SMCQ Orchestra (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec), Ensemble Contemporaine, Music of Changes, Ensemble Avenir, Ensemble Prima, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Curtis Institute of Music, Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Princeton ProMusica, Trenton Symphony Orchestra and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble.  

I also toured the United Kingdom performing Pierrot lunaire and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses with the renowned Ulysses Ensemble (sponsored by Britten-Pears/Aldeburgh Music), culminating with a live performance on BBC Radio, and have done contemporary music lecture/performance tours in Southern California, Montreal, and Vienna.

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