Gelsey Bell

United States

Gelsey Bell is a New-York-based singer, songwriter, and scholar.

She has been described by the New York Times as “a charismatic and fiercely intelligent performer,” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise.”  

She has released multiple recordings, is a current HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center, and received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award for music/sound. She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Her works include Bathroom Songs, Scaling, Our Defensive Measurements, shuffleyamamba(with Yasuko Yokoshi), Prisoner’s Song (with Erik Ruin), SubtracTTTTTTTTT and This Takes Place Close By(with thingNY), and the acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (with Varispeed).

Performance highlights also include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Improvement and Crash, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River of Fundament, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, and Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU and is currently completing a book about American expe rimental vocal music in the 1970s.

She is the Critical Acts Co-editor for TDR/The Drama Review and an Associate Editor for The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies.


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