Soprano/vocalist Nina Dante is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer based in New York City. Musical experimentation and the continual discovery of the voice’s technical ability and emotive power are the inspiring forces behind her work.

Hailed for her “amazing performance of vocal versatility by a uniquely gifted young artist” (Chicago Classical Review), Dante has performed at Resonant Bodies Festival, BAM, Lampo, Issue Project Room, Roulette, the Kitchen, National Sawdust, the University of Chicago’s Contempo, Performa, Indexical, Visiones Sonoras, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, the Experimental Sound Studio, New Music Miami, the Latino Music Festival, the Frequency Festival, Festival Interfaz, the Poetry Foundation, and the Renaissance Society, among others.

Dante is co-founder, manager and soprano of the avant garde chamber ensemble Fonema Consort. Her recordings with Fonema can be found on New Focus Recordings and Parlour Tapes+.

With Fonema and as a soloist, Dante has given been in residence and given performances at Oberlin Conservatory, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Scripps College, UNAM, the 113 Composers Collective, and New England Conservatory, among others.

Dante’s recent compositions have been featured on the Resonant Bodies Festival, Indexical, the Center for New Music, the 113 Twin Cities New Music Festival and the Essential Indexical recent release Early MMXVIII.

Fonema Consort and Collaboration with Composers

Dante is co-founder, manager and soprano of the new music ensemble Fonema Consort, which specializes in avant-garde chamber music for voice and instrumental ensemble. Since the ensemble’s founding in 2011, Dante has contributed to expanding modern vocal repertoire and technical palette through over 50 premieres and in close collaboration with composers. Fonema Consort has performed widely across the US, as well as in Latin America and France.

Residencies and University Appearances

Dante has given residency and university/conservatory performances at Oberlin Conservatory, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Scripps College, UNAM, the 113 Composers Collective, New England Conservatory, Drew University, North Central College, Saint Xavier University, and High Concept Laboratories, among others.

Selected Performances

Her performances have been hailed as “an amazing performance of vocal versatility by a uniquely gifted young artist” (Chicago Classical Review) on festivals and concert series including Resonant Bodies, BAM, Lampo, the Kitchen, Contempo, Performa, Indexical, Visiones Sonoras, the Festival Internacional Chihuahua, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, the Experimental Sound Studio, New Music Miami, the Latino Music Festival, the Frequency Festival, the Ear Taxi Festival, Festival Interfaz, the Goethe Institut, the Renaissance Society of Chicago, and National Sawdust.

Compositions

The foundation of Dante’s compositional work explores emotive narrative and the embodiment of archetypes through sound are characteristics of her composed pieces, and are summoned by innovative sonic expressions from “primal” to refined. The sounds of the natural world play a major role in her work: the call of birds, rushing water, the wind, stone dropped on stone, snapped twig, rain. Recent compositions have been featured on the Resonant Bodies Festival, Indexical, the Center for New Music, and the 113 Twin Cities New Music Festival. Upcoming premieres and performances will take place at New England Conservatory, University of Michigan and Constellation.

Albums

Dante' is featured on on Fonema Consort albums Pasos en otra calle (New Focus Recordings) and FIFTH TABLEAU (Parlour Tapes+). The Essential Indexical’s most recent release includes her 2018 composition Mi cama inundada.

Education

Dante graduated manga cum laude from Northwestern University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. From 2008-2009 she studied in Paris at the École normale de musique.

2018-2019 Performance Highlights

2018-2019 performance highlights include appearances at Roulette, Issue Project Room, solo and chamber performances on the 113 Composers Collective Festival, the New Music Miami Festival, and the New England Conservatory faculty recital of Stratis Minakakis and Bert van Herck. Commissions this year include works by Bethany Younge, Stratis Minakakis and Pablo Chin.

Photo credit: Michael Duffy