Sonya Holowell is an Indigenous Australian vocalist of immense versatility and range, specialising in the performance of new, antique and spontaneous music. Through the use of an extended range of vocal techniques, she presents the most challenging, rarely-performed and often ephemeral compositions for voice.
Sonya has performed at many of the leading national and international classical, contemporary and experimental music festivals as a soloist, ensemble singer and improviser, and has worked with many ensembles and composers at the height of today’s art music scene, both here and abroad.
Sonya has been Young Artist with the Song Company and was the 2017 Artist in Residence at the University of New South Wales with her collaborator, designer Elia Bosshard in their duo CACHE in POINT.Their recent production of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices won the Critics Choice Award in the 2017 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Her second duo collaboration is the newly-formed partnership holowell with pianist/trumpeter Jonathan Holowell. Their freely improvised performances draw from their interests and experience in classical, jazz, modal, new and experimental genres, and draw strong connections to visual art. Their debut album is due for release mid 2018.
In addition to her work as a performer Sonya is a lecturer, musical director, dramaturg and private teacher in voice, improvisation and new art/music.
This year, Sonya will be Australia’s first Emerging Artist at Resonant Bodies Festival 2018, and has been selected for Blak Artists Kinection with Performance Space and Moogahlin Performing Arts. She will also be undertaking exciting work pertinent to Indigenous Australia, with Critical Path and Ensemble Offspring.