Cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage performs a wide variety of musical genres. A classically trained cellist, Jody studied classical cello repertoire and chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of California Berkeley, and the Manhattan School of Music with some of today’s most celebrated chamber musicians, including Peter Salaff, Bonnie Hampton, Sylvia Rosenberg, Julia Lichten, David Geber, Mikhail Kopelman, and David Krakauer.
Jody’s dual passions for chamber music and new music have led her to participate in an array of cutting-edge, experimental chamber music projects. Praised for her “exceptional technical command,” (Steve Smith, Night After Night), Jody is an advocate for new creative music, and has premiered over 100 works, including many of her own compositions for chamber ensembles, as well as premieres of fellow composers’ works. In the past several years, she has embarked on a project in which she simultaneously sings and plays cello.
As recipient of the 2005 Hertz Fellowship, Jody was able to develop this project by commissioning a repertoire for her voice and cello from some of New York’s most talented emerging composers. Jody went into the recording studio in the summer of 2006, and the CD culmination of this commissioning/recording project was released on New Amsterdam Records in early 2007. In the past year, Jody has gone back to the recording studio to re-record some of the music on her debut album along with additional material to form her August 2011 release, of minutiae and memory. The album contains original compositions from today’s most talented indie-classical copmosers: Missy Mazzoli, Anna Clyne, Stefan Weisman, Paula Matthusen, Wil Smith, and Joshua Penman.
As a busy freelance cellist, Redhage has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Merkin Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music opera house, the Whitney Museum of Art, and Mass MoCA, Lollapalooza and has performed on recitals at numerous music venues, festivals and universities across the nation. Notable collaborations include performances with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Esperanza Spalding, Neil Diamond and band, Sufjan Stevens, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Meatloaf, the Roots, Clay Aiken, Enya, Duncan Sheik, Chromeo and Guster. Jody’s band, Rose & the Nightingale, features four female virtuoso improvisers & multi-instrumentalists. Their current project, “The Spirit of the Garden”, celebrates the sublimity of gardens through poetry & song.