Sonya is a classically-trained improviser and experimental vocalist known for her striking performances of major vocal works and improvisations. She uses vast techniques and gestures to highlight the fullest capabilities of the voice as an artistic material. Surpassing genre and expressionism, she is guided by a process of deep listening and reverence for ‘the moment’.
Sonya has performed at a long list of national and international festivals for classical, new and experimental music and has collaborated with many award-winning composers and performers in the realm of sound-based and interdisciplinary art. She was a principal artist in the recent Resonant Bodies Festival at Carriageworks and at Soft Centre Festival, performing daring spontaneous works incorporating design and extended techniques.
Sonya has worked with the leading new music ensembles in Australia including the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring and Australian Art Orchestra, and has presented her work at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Australia. She was the 2017 Artist in Residence at UNSW with her collaborator, designer Elia Bosshard, and their recent production of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices won the Critics Choice Award in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2017.
Her second duo collaboration is holowell with pianist/trumpeter Jonathan Holowell. Their improvised performances draw from shared backgrounds in classical, jazz, modal, new and experimental genres, and draw strong connections to visual artforms.
In addition to her work as a performer Sonya is a lecturer, curator and private teacher in extended voice. Sonya is looking forward to contributing her voice as an Indigenous arts practitioner to this year’s Liveworks Festival, and to the Now Now Festival 2019 as co-curator and performer.