Sonya Holowell is a classically-trained vocalist working across new, experimental and improvised genres. She is a proud descendent of the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation, on the south-east coast of NSW. The contexts for her work are strikingly diverse, and she is particularly drawn to interdisciplinary collaboration, placing the voice in unusual contexts to create new hybrid forms.
Sonya has been invited to perform at a long list of national and international festivals for classical, new and experimental music such as Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Resonant Bodies Festival, Sydney Biennale, Liveworks, soundSCAPE Italy, Soft Centre and Banff (Canada 2019). She has worked with the leading new music ensembles in Australia including the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, Decibel and Australian Art Orchestra, and has presented her work at venues that include the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks and the National Gallery of Australia. Sonya won the Critics Choice Award in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 for her performance of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, developed with designer Elia Bosshard as UNSW’s Artists in Residence. She regularly works within the duos Holowell (with pianist Jonathan Holowell), and Sumn Conduit (with modular synthesist Ben Carey), and with improvising ensemble Splinter Orchestra.
In addition to her work as a performer, Sonya is a curator, teacher and composer, and has also recently launched a new arts publication ADSR Zine, for which she writes and is co-editor.