Helga Davis served as a principle actor in the 25th-anniversary international revival of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal opera Einstein on the Beach. Her appearance in You Us We All by Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Ondrejcak marked her fifth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.
Helga is a New York-based performer whose interdisciplinary work includes theater, opera, and fine art. Since 2012 Davis has starred in the international revival of composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson's opera Einstein on the Beach; Wilson describes her as “a united whole, with spellbinding inner power and strength.”
She also starred in Wilson’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock); Milton by Katie Pearl and Lisa Damour; Elsewhere by cellist Maya Beiser and composer Missy Mazzoli; The Blue Planet, a multimedia theater piece, by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke; and served as a “Sweet Peach” in Soho Rep’s Jomama Jones, Radiate, which made New Yorker theatre critic Hilton Als’ top ten list.
Helga’s interview with artist Kara Walker aired on WNYC's Morning Edition on the eve of her Whitney Museum retrospective. She wrote and performed a multimedia piece Imaginings at the retrospective’s conclusion.
She is the recipient of the BRIC Fireworks grant and has completed her first full-length theatre piece, Cassandra. Davis may be heard on the new VIA Records release, Oceanic Verses, a multi-media opera written for her by composer Paola Prestini. In Fall 2015, Davis performed in her fifth Next Wave festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Shara (Nova) Worden and Andrew Ondrejcak’s You Us We All.
She hosts the Helga podcast, live events for New Sounds and formerly for WQXR’s Q2 Music, and was awarded an ASCAP Multimedia Award for hosting WNYC's 24:33: Twenty-Four Hours and Thirty-Three Minutes of the Playful and Playable John Cage.
Helga Davis appears in the following:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wed, May 13 | Be the first to hear the upcoming release from the ensemble with a performance of the complete album live from The Greene Space at WQXR. A live webcast will be available.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
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.
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.
Monday, March 24, 2014
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.
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 Anderson, Mary 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.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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!
Friday, January 31, 2014
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.
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.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
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.