Jeffrey Gavett, Opera; Vocal Performance
Jeffrey Gavett (baritone), called a “brilliantly agile singer” by the New York Times, performs a repertoire spanning from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works and his own compositions. An active collaborative musician, he has sung with a broad array of artists, ranging from the Rolling Stones and indie rock group Clogs to new music groups Alarm Will Sound, ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, SEM Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble. In addition to these collaborations, he is the founder and director of Ekmeles, a contemporary music vocal ensemble which has been called a “brilliant young ensemble… defining a fresh and virtuosic American sound” by the New Yorker. He is also a founding member of mixed ensemble loadbang (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice), which has commissioned and premiered over 250 works since 2008. He has worked with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw, Steven Takasugi, and Charles Wuorinen. As a soloist in New York he has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and Zankel Hall.
He made his European stage debut in 2014, performing in Rudolf Komorous’s Nonomiya and the world premiere of Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces at New Opera Days Ostrava in the Czech Republic, then singing Berio’s Coro under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival Academy. In 2015 he appeared in the world premiere of Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow on the Holland Festival, with subsequent performances in Oslo, Arras, Zagreb, and New York; and returned to reprise his role in Kotik’s Master-Pieces for Ostrava Days. He appears on video in Judd Greenstein’s A Marvelous Order, and has recently workshopped a new opera by Evan Ziporyn. In January 2017 he performed the world premiere of Matt Marks’s Mata Hari on the Prototype Festival. Mr. Gavett holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music.
As a voice teacher, I believe my responsibility is to cultivate in students a solid and healthy technique that will serve them in any musical idiom. My focus is on discovering an authentic and functionally efficient expression of each individual voice, building a technical foundation which opens up a broad range of artistic possibilities. With my many years of experience as a conductor and singer of contemporary music, I can impart to singers the skills for self-directed learning and musicianship, allowing them to develop their own unique artistry, regardless of their repertoire.