In Conversation: Holland Andrews with Morgan Bassichis
The Spring 2021 season of premieres commissioned by BAC includes a series of live-streamed talks with the artists about their projects and creative processes.
In conjunction with the premiere of Museum of Calm, extended-technique vocalist, performer, and composer Holland Andrews talks with performer Morgan Bassichis.
Andrews and Bassichis first met at PICA's T:BA festival where Andrews was a resident artist and Bassichis was performing their work Protest Songs. They have been friends and mutual admirers ever since, finding connection in their integration of healing into their respective work.
Museum of Calm is available to watch free, on demand March 15-29, Monday at 5PM ET until Monday at 5PM ET.
BAC Artist Commissions made possible with generous leadership support from Anonymous, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Thompson Family Foundation, and Robert and Kathleen Wallace.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
As of January, 2021.
Mar 24, 2021, Live on ZOOM: In conjunction with the premiere of "Museum of Calm," extended-technique vocalist, performer, and composer Holland Andrews talked with performer Morgan Bassichis.
Holland Andrews is an American vocalist, composer, improviser, and performance artist whose work is based on emotionality in its many forms. In their work, Andrews focuses on the abstraction of operatic and extended-technique voice to build soundscapes encompassing both catharsis and the interplay between dissonance and resonance to tell stories of the interior worlds of humanity.
Frequently highlighting themes surrounding vulnerability and healing, Andrews arranges music with voice and clarinet, harnessing the innate qualities of these instruments’ power and elegance to serve as a vessel for these themes. As a vocalist, their influences stem from a dynamic range of musical stylings including contemporary opera, free jazz, musical theater, as well as ambient, drone, and noise music. In addition to creating solo work, Andrews develops and performs the soundscapes for dance, theater, and film, and whose work is still toured nationally and internationally. Andrews has gained recognition from publications such as The New York Times, Uncut Magazine, Electronic Sound Magazine, NPR, and Pitchfork. Andrews is currently based in New York City. Andrews also performs solo music under the stage name Like a Villain.
Morgan Bassichis is a comedian and musician living in New York City. Recent performances include Nibbling the Hand that Feeds Me (Whitney Museum, 2019), Klezmer for Beginners (Abrons Arts Center, 2019), More Protest Songs! (Danspace Project, 2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical (New Museum, 2017).
Their yearlong improvisational album with Ethan Philbrick, March is for Marches, is available from Triple Canopy. Their book of to-do lists, The Odd Years, was published by Wendy's Subway in 2020.