Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.
She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.
Helga Davis appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Join Q2 Music and Cantaloupe Music on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm in The Greene Space, to experience John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound, just as the composer says it was meant to be heard. Tickets are now available.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
All day today, we're repeating A World Apärt: a 24-hour sonic celebration of the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century. The marathon culminates with a 7 p.m. live stream of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the MET Museum.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others. Host Helga Davis interviews Penderecki from the stage at Symphony Space.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.
Friday, April 05, 2013
The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Our five part series "The Best for the Worst" presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from Einstein on the Beach principal Davis herself along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. Listen to episode 3: "Broken Things" today at 3 pm.
Friday, March 15, 2013
In episode two of the five-part series The Best for the Worst, host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) talks what happens when you get lost after your leap of faith. Music by Martin Bresnick, Timothy Andres and Lois V Vierk.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Vocalist and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis hosts The Best for the Worst – a five-part series that offers a soundtrack to the hugely popular, absurdist Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Fridays at 3 pm on Q2 Music.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Q2 Music helped open the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival recently with a special show featuring the songwriter Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Friday, August 31, 2012
About a week ago I got on the subway at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and saw it — the advertisement for Einstein on the Beach which will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Wordless Music Orchestra marked the 9/11 anniversary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday with a reflective program of Schnittke, Golijov, Ingram Marshall and William Basinski. Listen to the full concert here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I finally know what it is...
The birds are gone.
It was their song that welcomed me into each Spring day and the absence of their melodies has finally caught my attention.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The streets of my Harlem village offer me the sights and sounds of the world. On my block alone, there’s a Mosque, a Baptist church, a Pentecostal church, a Masonic Temple, and The Church of Latter Day Saints right there on Lenox Avenue. The Senegalese drummers wake me at dawn each Monday morning with their dance, and their offerings give rise to the incense vendors who pause five times a day and offer the most beautiful music through the hum of traffic and cries of the sliced mango vendors from Mexico.