An Obvious Question
1. Libby Larsen’s The Birth Project:
2. Gilda Lyons’ Songs From the F Train:
3. Francesco Tristano's A Soft Shell Groove:
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The vocal pop duo Outcalls has been dubbed the “electronic opera queens” of Baltimore. Led by Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, both classically trained musicians, Outcalls creates genre-defying pop music that counters the tired narratives pervading much of today’s popular songs. With compelling live shows that feature melodic and harmonic surprises, their voices can tickle your ear hairs one second and shake your teeth the next. Combining ethereal vocals with robust electronic rhythms, Outcalls has created their own genre: a sort of Baroque operatic indie-pop. Their masterful sopranos fuse into lush harmonies that lilt about energetic beats and linger in your ears long after they're gone. You can listen to Outcalls' music on Spotify, Apple Music, and outcalls.bandcamp.com
Hailed as a "renaissance woman" by Urbanite Magazine, Britt Olsen-Ecker has taken Baltimore and beyond by storm as a multi-talented performer and photographer. She has photographed over 1,000 faces from portraits to weddings to food all over the world. As a performer, Britt has been hailed by her "impressive" and "captivating" roles on stage both as an actor and singer. She has worked with several companies in Baltimore, including the Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre. She recently appeared in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s production of Hindemith’s “Sancta Susanna” as the maid, under the baton of Maestra Marin Alsop. She brought Libby Larsen’s The Birth Project.
In the world-premiere of Josephine with UrbanArias, The Washington Post gushed, “... the afternoon belonged to Melissa Wimbish, who was creating the role of Josephine Baker ... Beautifully prepared, vocally stunning, and theatrically riveting, Wimbish effortlessly held the audience in her hand throughout this one-woman show.” Melissa made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as a result of winning the Grand Prize NATS Artist Award. Other career highlights include György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with Baltimore Symphony, the world-premiere of Paul’s Case with UrbanArias at the Prototype Festival, and Carmina Burana with Washington Ballet. Melissa brought Gilda Lyons’ Songs From the F Train.
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