Fall 2017 Sponsored Artist Jessica Aszodi presents a workshop showing and reception at High Concept Labs. The program includes:
Eli Namay/Jessica Aszodi Duo
Repeat audient – an audience participation experiment
this instruments – Jessica Aszodi composer/performer
Underglass – Jessica Aszodi composer, Performed by Hannah Barco, Nick Merryhew & Jessica Aszodi
“I hear your tongue when you talk. I can feel it moving. The resting tension of your jaw. I feel that too. In my body, like you were there as part of me. When I listen attentively to your voice, my body echoes yours. Sometimes, I can’t switch it off. I become so caught up in the physical experience of another person – entering their experience through their voice – I get lost in the other.”
This workshop showing will share new pieces in development, arising from Jess’ time as an HCL resident artist. The pieces commonly explore the relationship between sounding and doing, listening and producing, inside and out, sinew and architecture. These works draw into focus the peculiar ability of the human voice to facilitate intimate exchange between producers and listeners, carrying the kernel of our personhood between people, pillars, walls…
Voices will travel from inside bodies, manifest in space and emerge reconstituted in the minds of new bodies that absorb them. Featuring performances from co-devisors and performers Nick Merryhew, Hannah Barco, and Eli Namay. Please join us for an intimate and open showing of new pieces still in progress, and also for the free drinks and snacks!
Jessica Aszodi’s career could best be described as genre-bounding and label-defying. Her performances have been described as “..thrilling..” (LA Times) and “..intense..” (NY Times). She has premiered dozens of new pieces, performed works that have lain dormant for centuries, devised new collaborative projects, sung roles from the standard operatic repertoire and worked with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical palette. Jessica has been a soloist with ensembles as diverse as ICE, the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, and in the chamber series of the San Diego and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on recording for Chandos, Ars Publica and Hospital Hill. She has sung in festivals around the world including Vivid Sydney, the Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, BIFEM, Aldeburgh, Tectonics and Tanglewood. Aszodi has been twice nominated for the Australian Greenroom Awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ – in both leading and supporting categories. She is co-director of the Resonant Bodies Festival (Australia,), artistic associate of BIFEM, and a 2017 artist in residence at ‘High Concept Labs’ (Chicago). She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Queensland Conservatorium, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, teaches voice, and has written scholarly articles for several books and journals.