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Gelsey Bell

New York, NY            

Gelsey Bell is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and scholar. She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Her recent works include Cairns, a soundwalk for Green-Wood Cemetery; Meander, a soundwalk created with Joseph White for Brooklyn Botanic Garden; SubtacTTTTTTTTT, an early pandemic online performance created with thingNY; and shuffleyamamba, a dance piece created with Yasuko Yokoshi. She is currently a resident artist at the HERE Arts Center where she is developing the opera mɔːnɪŋ (pronounced morning/mourning). She has released multiple recordings, including This is Not a Land of Kings and Home, with the Chutneys, and received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award for music/sound. Performance highlights also include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Improvement and Crash, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen, and a great many of John King’s Micro-Operas. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU and has published articles in TDR/The Drama Review (for which she is the Critical Acts Co-Editor), The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (for which she is an Associate Editor), Tempo, and Performance Research.

This is Not a Land of Kings

“This is Not a Land of Kings” (2017) for three voices, performed by Gelsey Bell, Amber Gray, and Grace McLean.

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Feedback Belly

“Feedback Belly” (2018) for voice and electronics, performed by Gelsey Bell at the Resonant Bodies Festival in September 2018 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

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Spent Horizon

“Spent Horizon” (2015), performed by Gelsey Bell and Odeya Nini on March 18, 2015 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY

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NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox March 9 2021 | By Gelsey Bell
Looking Out For Each Other with The Real Music Wages Database

Inspired by similar crowd-sourced spreadsheets for dancers, baristas, museum workers, and adjunct professors, we created the Real Music Wages Database to help freelance music workers navigate what can be a...