Born: January 10, 1979 Primary Instrument: Cello
Called an “adventurous cello songstress” (Time Out New York), cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage's dual passions for chamber music and new music have led her to participate in an array of cutting-edge projects. Praised for her “exceptional technical command,” (Steve Smith, Night After Night), Jody has premiered over 100 works, including many of her own compositions for chamber ensembles, as well as premieres of fellow composers' works. Jody has also spent the past seven years developing the ability to simultaneously sing and play complex, rhythmically intricate and independent musical lines. As recipient of the 2005 Hertz Grant, Jody was able to develop this project by commissioning a repertoire of 21st century art song for voice, cello, and electronics from some of today’s most talented emerging composers. Her debut CD on New Amsterdam Records (www.newamsterdamrecords.com), All Summer in a Day, has been called “a freewheeling, slightly edgy and altogether different kind of musical experience…highly rewarding and worthwhile” (Dave Lewis, All Music Guide)....
Awards:2009 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Regrant Award 2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Regrant Award 2005 Hertz Fellowship 2005 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Winner
Adventurous cello songstress -Time Out NY
A new music dynamo...Redhage is cultivating a growing repertoire of indie art song that breaches genre boundaries and makes for stirring listening. -Musicworks Magazine
“Exceptional technical command” (Night After Night)
“a freewheeling, slightly edgy and altogether different kind of musical experience…highly rewarding and worthwhile” (Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide)
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South Orange, NJ
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Jody Redhage, a passionate proponent of creative music, teaches intermediate and advanced cello lessons, as well as adventurous skills such as singing and playing at the same time, composition, and improvisation. Redhage coaches chamber music at Elm City Chamber Fest in New Haven, CT, and at Lyra Summer Music in Randolph, VT. Redhage also leads workshops on simultaneoulys singing and playing, and on electro-acoustic performance.
Redhage was a guest artist and clinician at the 2009 New Directions Cello Festival held at Ithaca College in June, leading workshops about the career path of a composer/performer, on the simultaneous use of voice and cello, and on electro-acoustic performance. Redhage also runs clinics introducing students who play traditionally-classical instruments to improvisation, original composition, and modern techniques. Redhage has also developed a collaborative poetry and music residency called "American Poetry Takes Flight Through Song." In each residency, Redhage joins with a local poet, and uses two of the poets works as lyrics for new compositions she writes and premieres in the poets' town as part of a culminating recital. As part of the residency, Redhage works with creative writing, English, and music students, helping the students forge their own poetry and music collaborations. For more information, please visit www.jodyredhage.com