Gelsey Bell

Musician and scholar Gelsey Bell presents Stripsody, a key work by vocalist Cathy Berberian. The piece is significant as she is both performer and composer, and because it is one of the first picture scores. In place of staff notation it is presented in the form of a series of comic strip images, from screeching cats to police car sirens.

Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar whose work has received international acclaim. She has released multiple albums including SCALING live at Roulette (2012), In Place of Arms (2010) and Under the Piano (2005). She is a core member of ensemble thingNY and performance collective Varispeed, and has worked with numerous artists in the creation of new work including Robert Ashley, Matthew Barney and John King, among others. Bell is also an ABD doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at New York University and the Critical Acts co-editor for TDR/The Drama Review.