Helga Davis / Vocalist/Improviser
Helga Davis is a New York based artist whose inter-diciplinary work includes collaborations with composers and choreographers alike. In 2001, Wire Magazine’s David Keenan described Helga as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”. She is presently staring in The Blue Planet, written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke. Previously she was the co-star of “The Temptation of St. Anthony”, directed by Robert WIlson with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. In February 2008 Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker on the eve of her Whitney Museum retrospective. She also wrote and performed a new multi-media piece entitled: “Imaginings” at the Whitney Museum at the retrospective’s conclusion with Lukas Ligeti and Pyrolator, Kurt Dahlke. In March 2007 Davis began hosting Overnight Music on WNYC and was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award for hosting” 24:33: twenty-four hours and thirty-three minutes of the playful and playable John Cage”.
“Helga Davis is a beautiful, natural performer with an inner power and strength that is truly unique. She combines voice and movement in a united whole that is spellbinding. Her genius in her stillness and quietness evoke a very deep emotion. She is radiant in every way.”
– Robert Wilson
“Helga Davis is a stunning presence, she holds any stage with physical grace, and strength. For me what is most magical is the color and range of her vocal instrument, she is a consummate, disciplined musician with a deep understanding of how to gloriously fill the air with song.”
– Bernice Johnson Reagon
“Helga Davis disarms you with her unique artistry. Her musical and theatrical beauty consistantly captivates you during a performance.”
Joe Melillo, BAM