Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, recitalist, curator and improviser, specializing in contemporary-classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, Stephanie uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art, creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” (composer Jason Eckardt).
RECITATIONS IN MOTION is a multidisciplinary interpretation of Georges Aperghis’ 14 Récitations (1977-78), a concert-length avant-garde song cycle for unaccompanied female voice. Abandoning traditional use of text, the 14 Récitations sets phonemes and vocal sounds with atonality, extended vocal techniques, puzzles, and repetitions. Throughout the opus, the listener witnesses a woman attempting in many ways to speak, but not being understood, and thus trapped in her personal trauma. “We see and hear a singer realizing a musical score, but at the same time we witness somebody who can’t speak properly…” Aperghis writes. “That is the human dimension of this work. We see people in their daily life struggle, people who are not very healthy, people with trouble expressing themselves – elusive mental portraits en miniature.” The resulting work is an ode to the dynamism and humanity of the voice, but it is also a manifestation of the woman’s complex journey of personal authenticity in a patriarchal world, expressed in voice and movement.
Georges Aperghis, 14 Récitations
Stephanie Lamprea, soprano
Penny Chivas, dance artist
Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, recitalist, curator, and improviser, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, she uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art, creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” (Jason Eckardt). Stephanie has received awards from the Concert Artist Guild, St. Botolph Club Foundation, the John Cage Orgel Stiftung, the Puffin Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Stephanie devours mammoth works of virtuosity and extended techniques with ease and creative insight, singing with an entire spectrum of vocal colors (including operatic style, straight tone, sputters and throat noises). Works which she has performed include Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit, Georges Aperghis’ 14 Recitations, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Stephanie has performed as a soloist at Roulette Intermedium (New York City), Constellation Chicago, Sound Scotland, National Sawdust, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Casa da Música (Porto). She has collaborated with several leading new music ensembles and bands including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wavefield Ensemble, So Percussion, Red Note Ensemble, Talujon, Guerilla Opera, and Post Coal Prom Queen. In 2022, Stephanie released her debut solo album, Quaking Aspen, on New Focus Recordings. Featuring new works for voice and electronics by Jason Eckardt, Wang Lu, Kurt Rohde, Hannah Selin, George N. Gianopoulos, and James May, the album was hailed by PopMatters.com as “a bold artistic statement that’s exciting and innovative… a magical, intense, and deeply satisfying journey.” A passionate educator and speaker, Stephanie has taught and performed in residency for universities across the United States and Europe including the University of California at Davis, Temple University, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She has presented her artistic research for the Wildflower Composers (USA), the European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (London), and the 2021 Shared Narratives Conference (Scotland), and she was a featured TEDx Speaker for TEDxWaltham: Going Places. Stephanie is pursuing a Doctor of Performing Arts degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the supervision of composer and zoomusicologist Dr. Emily Doolittle, and co-supervised by Dr. Laura Gonzalez and Jean Sangster. Her research centers on the contemporary classical voice through extended techniques, multi-disciplinary performance, and vocal composition and improvisation via feminist and eco-materialist perspectives. http://www.stephanielamprea.com/
Originally from Australia (Ngunnawal Country), Penny Chivas (she/her) is a Glasgow based dance artist with a background in improvisation and multidisciplinary practices. As a performer she has worked with choreographers such as Ian Spink, Vanessa Grasse, Julia McGhee and Brian Hartley including both British and international touring. Most recently her concerns around the environment lead her to create ‘Burnt Out’, a solo dance theatre work based on her experiences of the devastating Australian bushfires which played to sold-out week long seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 and 2022. Penny has also guest taught across the UK and internationally and is a member of the G20 Collective, a Glasgow based group of artists involved in a variety of arts practices. She is a graduate of WAAPA, VCA (Honours), and the Master in Education programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. https://penny-chivas.squarespace.com/
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