Jeffrey Gavett (baritone), called a “brilliantly agile singer” by the New York Times, performs a repertoire spanning from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works and his own compositions. An active collaborative musician, he has sung with a broad array of artists, ranging from the Rolling Stones and indie rock group Clogs to new music groups ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, SEM Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble; and his own groups, the new music vocal ensemble Ekmeles, and mixed ensemble loadbang (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice). He has worked with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw, Steven Takasugi, and Charles Wuorinen. As a soloist in New York he has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and Zankel Hall.
He made his European stage debut in 2014, performing in Rudolf Komorous’s Nonomiya and the world premiere of Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces at New Opera Days Ostrava in the Czech Republic, then singing Berio’s Coro under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival Academy. In 2015 he appeared in the world premiere of Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow on the Holland Festival, with subsequent performances in Oslo, Arras, Zagreb, and New York; and returned to reprise his role in Kotik’s Master-Pieces for Ostrava Days. He appears on video in Judd Greenstein’s A Marvelous Order, and is currently workshopping a new opera by Evan Ziporyn. In January 2017 he performs the world premiere of Matt Marks’s Mata Hari on the Prototype Festival. Mr. Gavett holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music.