Helga Davis

Q2 Music Host

Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.

She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.


Ms. Davis’s  past work has included The Blue Planet (2008), a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and was co-star in The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In February 2008,  Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the  WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of Ms. Walker’s Whitney Museum retrospective. David Keenan, of Wire Magazine, describes Ms. Davis as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”


Helga Davis appears in the following:

The Greene Space

'Become Ocean' Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:00 PM

Fri, Sept. 12 | Experience the Pulitzer Prize winner's expansive work in this exclusive event, featuring engulfing surround-sound, just as the composer meant for it to be heard. 

On-Demand Video: Q2 Music Presents Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet, one of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time, celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exclusive evening of music and conversation in The Greene Space on March 24.



The Greene Space

Q2 Music Presents: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

7:30 PM

One of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time celebrates 40 years with an exclusive evening of music and conversation. Watch a live video webcast at 7:30pm ET.

On-Demand Video: New Tech City's Tech, Music & the Brain with Laurie Anderson and Guests

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was an evening of music and mind during a live event in The Greene Space on Tuesday, February 4.

New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis talked tech, music and the brain with iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie AndersonMary Farbood, Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program at New York University, and Mari Kimura, Director of the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival and an instructor at Juilliard.


The Greene Space

New Tech City: Tech, Music & the Brain

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

7:00 PM

Join Q2 Music’s Helga Davis and New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi for an evening of music and mind. With iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie Anderson and Mary Farbood, assistant professor in the Music Technology program at New York University. Watch the live video webcast here at 7pm ET!

The Greene Space

Ecstatic Music Festival® 2014 Kick-Off

Friday, January 31, 2014

7:00 PM

Fri, Jan. 31 | Q2 Music presents Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music, to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. Watch a live video webcast of this sold-out show at 7pm ET.

EMANCIPATION 150: Pianist Donal Fox performs Variations on Brahms' 'Die Trauernde'

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Donal Fox is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and improviser known for his striking musical collages that blend elements of jazz, Latin and classical.


The Greene Space

Chuchito Valdés Live in The Greene Space!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

7:00 PM

The Cuban piano master joins us for a two-part evening. Accompanied by a 14-piece Latin jazz band, he pays homage to his late grandfather's music from the Tropicana of the '40s and '50s and performs his own energetic blend of music. Watch on-demand video of both shows here. 


The Greene Space

Vocal Electrofolk:
Africa to New York

Saturday, March 16, 2013

7:00 PM

Hear bold new vocal styles from New York and Africa, featuring Helga Davis and Netsayi with Black Pressure. Presented in partnership with Original Music Workshop. Watch on-demand video of the performance now.

The Greene Space

Ecstatic Music Festival® Kick-Off

Friday, January 25, 2013

7:00 PM

Friday, Jan. 25 | Join us for Merkin Concert Hall's opening night of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival, with Shara Worden and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Hosted by Q2 Music's Helga Davis.