Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Described as ‘exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive’, harpist Jacqueline Kerrod is perfectly at home across multiple genres. She has performed in some of the major venues in the United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Greene Space, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, the Apollo Theater, SF MoMA, the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Radio Love Fest (BAM), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival (Fellow), Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe), the Asphalt Contemporary Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), The National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa), Jazztopad (Wrocław, Poland) with the legendary composer/multi-instrumentalist and MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ recipient Anthony Braxton, and the Savannah Music Festival with Grammy®-winning arranger and producer Robert Sadin. She is an Aldeburgh World Orchestra Artist. Jacqueline was a featured performer at the American Harp Society National Conference in New York City, has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and toured with two-time Grammy®-nominee Seraphic Fire.
Jacqueline is a member of the American Modern Ensemble (AME) and has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Alarm Will Sound, and Metropolis Chamber Ensemble. As a native South African, she is passionate about commissioning and performing music written by South African composers and has performed over a dozen works written for her.
She is a member of the pop duo Addi & Jacq who recently won Battle of the Boroughs and were crowned ‘Best Emerging Band’ in New York City by NPR-WNYC. Armed with the powerhouse vocals of Addi McDaniel and Jacqueline’s versatility on the harp, the duo has created a diverse and compelling body of music. They’ve taken the heart and soul of blues, jazz, and classical music, and skillfully placed it inside of a pop exterior. With the help of looping pedals and vocal processors, they create a sound that easily competes with a full band.
Jacqueline began playing the harp at the age of nine in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in performance with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand under the tutelage of Ventura Rosenthal and Pauline Nossel. She was a finalist in the Jim Joel Music Prize and ATKV National Music Competitions. With the prestigious Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Foundation Scholarship, she moved to the US on the invitation of Nancy Allen to study with her at the Yale School of Music (Master of Music and Artist Diploma). During this period she spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival as the Fellowship recipient and was the winner of the harp competition ’01.
Jacqueline’s discography includes 3 self-produced albums with Addi & Jacq, Greg Spears’ Requiem (New Amsterdam Records), Robert Paterson’s Star Crossing and Book of Goddesses (American Modern Recordings) and MAYA – In The Spirit (Perspectives Recordings). Other notable recordings that feature Jacqueline include Tristan Murail’s Winter Fragments (AEON) and the single Crazy in Love by Antony and the Johnsons (Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade Records). Her latest recording, “Candlelight Carols” with Grammy®-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire debuted at #11 on the Classical Billboard charts.
Learn more at: www.jacquelinekerrod.com
Daisy Press, vocalist, is a prolific interpreter and creator of experimental classical music in the US and Europe, and a principal vocalist at Brooklyn’s notorious “House of Yes.” She has worked intimately with influential living composers Steve Reich, Bernhard Lang, and George Crumb, and for her recording and performance of Morton Feldman’s seminal “Three Voices,” the New York Times hailed Ms. Press as “intrepid” and “passionate.” Most recently in Spain, Germany, and Austria, Ms. Press was the featured soloist in Vienna-based Phace Ensemble’s production of the late Fausto Romitelli’s searing video opera “An Index of Metals.”
Daisy is a specialist in the music of 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen, and she incorporates elements of North Indian (Hindustani) ragas into her unusual and extraordinary interpretations of Hildegard’s Medieval chants. In 2019 her first Hildegard album will be released on Story Sound Records.
At House of Yes Daisy regularly collaborates with the stunning in-house collection of circus artists to compose, improvise and perform works which embody virtuosity, ecstasy, holiness, humor, and necessary stings of irreverence. Finally, Daisy is the creator and High Priestess of the phenomenon known as “Voice Cult,” a vibrant community which meets monthly to explore the intersection of singing and healing.
The ‘intrepid’ and ‘passionate’ vocalist Daisy Press, and ‘exceptionally sensitive and virtuosic harpist’ Jacqueline Kerrod met and performed together many moons ago. Life took them to far-off places, but has brought them back together to create and perform their music. Combining their instruments – vocals, tenor guitar, acoustic and electric harps – with their eclectic musical backgrounds and aesthetics, they bring you WildLyre!