Daisy Press, vocalist, was raised under the stage of a large-scale international rock and roll tour, and is now a prominent interpreter of experimental classical music in the US and Europe and the principal singer at Brooklyn’s famed “House of Yes.”
At House of Yes, Daisy has been honored to collaborate with astoundingly talented aerialists, dancers, and cirucus performers in “Ketamine: The Musical,” “The Xmas Spectacular,” and countless other creations. In addition, Daisy is the High Priestess for “Voice Cult,” a bi-monthly vocal workshop that is a mix of performance art, healing ritual, and joyful/irreverent singing in community.
In Europe Ms. Press was most recently featured as a soloist at the “Akademie Der Künste” in Berlin, singing the music of Bernhard Lang with Trio Amos. Immediately before that, she was in Graz, Austria, as part of ÖRF’s “Musikprotokoll” festival, where she, along with the Aleph Guitar Quartet, presented three major new contemporary works: Bernhard Lang’s song cycle “The Cold Trip,”; Gerhard Winker’s “Frostblues” (world premiere) and “Basho” by Czech composer Martin Smolka (world premiere). Other highlights of 2016 a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, delivering three of a series of Hildegard von Bingen’s “Ursula Songs.” In Vienna, she was the soloist in Bernhard Lang’s “Monadology XVIII ‘Moving Architecture’” alongside Ensemble Phace, and with the acclaimed Austrian choreographer Silke Grabinger.
For her interpretation of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices” and Schoenberg’s “Herzgewächse” at MoMa in New York City, Ms. Press was hailed by the New York Times as “intrepid” and “passionate.”
For several years she served as the lead backing singer/dancer for the band “Chromeo,” and appeared with them on The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Lollapalooza, Coachella, and as headliners of the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Additional credits include a musical cameo in director Jonathan Parker’s film “(Untitled)”, ongoing performances of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices,” Bernhard Lang’s “DW2” with the Argento Ensemble at LPR, and a longtime collaboration in the video opera “Whispering Pines 10” with composer Nick Hallett and visual artist Shana Moulton. With So Percussion, Ms. Press presented “Unto the Hills” by George Crumb at Miller Theater, for which the New York Times praised her “winning subtlety and understatement.” Also with So Percussion: Steve Reich’s “Drumming” and “Music for 18 Musicians” at various worldwide venues including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and the Barbican in London. Additional credits include the New York premiere of Phillipe Leroux’s blindingly virtuosic “Voi(rex)” at Miller Theater alongside IRCAM; Attila-Joszef Fragments by Kurtag at Symphony Space, and Elliot Carter’s “Of Challenge and of Love.”
For several years Ms. Press served on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Masters degree. She holds academic degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, and in the past she studied voice with Trish McCaffrey and North Indian ragas with Michael Harrison.
As an active and passionate teacher, Daisy utilizes a powerful synergistic mix of Western classical/pop vocal technique, sound healing, and North Indian ragas to coax her students into a fully-embodied, joyful manifestation of their vocal, emotional, and spiritual potential.