Electric Phoenix

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Electric Phoenix was a British experimental electro-acoustic vocal ensemble, founded in 1979 by four members of Swingle II – Linda Hirst (mezzo-soprano), Simon Grant (bass), tenor John Potter and a sound projectionist/manager Terry Edwards. They left Ward Swingle's ensemble due to a disagreement over the repertoire. With a newly-established group, the artists were able to pursue their goal to develop and popularize a unique chamber program for amplified voice and electronics, practically absent on the international new music scene at the time. With the recruitment of Canadian soprano Karen Jensen, a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, the canonical quintet line-up was formed.

Luciano Berio, whose vocal compositions they've been actively performing, always remained a central figure to Electric Phoenix's concept and artistic goals. Berio chose them to present his Sinfonia, and Electric Phoenix subsequently performed it over 70 times with Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Concertgebouworkest, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and other prominent ensembles.

In 1979, an experienced American sound designer John Whiting joined Electric Phoenix – Terry Edwards passed the sound projectionist's duties to him, moving onstage as the bass singer. Whiting remained with the ensemble for over twenty years. Electric Phoenix also utilized John's October Sound studio in the basement of October Gallery as a rehearsal and recording space.

Electric Phoenix Full Members

Soprano
Karen Jensen, Elaine Barry, Judith Rees

Mezzo-soprano
Linda Hirst, Mary King, Meriel Dickinson

Tenor
Daryl Runswick, Andrew Parrott, John Potter (2)

Bass
Terry Edwards (2), Simon Grant (4)

Sound Projection
John Whiting
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Albums

Electric Phoenix - Electric Phoenix album art Electric Phoenix Electric Phoenix (Album) WERGO UK 1982 Sell This Version
Electric Phoenix - A-Ronne / Heath, Old North / Hymns And Variations album art Electric Phoenix - John Cage / Luciano Berio Electric Phoenix - John Cage / Luciano Berio - A-Ronne / Heath, Old North / Hymns And Variations (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice UK 1986 Sell This Version
NCD 4916, NCD. 4916. Electric Phoenix - Aria In Aria / For The Time Being album art Kåre Kolberg, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Christian Eggen, Electric Phoenix Kåre Kolberg, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Christian Eggen, Electric Phoenix - Aria In Aria / For The Time Being(CD, Album) Norwegian Composers, Norwegian Composers NCD 4916, NCD. 4916. Norway 1987 Sell This Version
VC 7 91108-2, 260 270-231 Electric Phoenix - Vox album art Trevor Wishart, Electric Phoenix Trevor Wishart, Electric Phoenix - Vox(CD) Virgin Classics Digital, Virgin Classics Digital VC 7 91108-2, 260 270-231 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
BCD 9020 Electric Phoenix - Flora album art Tod Machover - The New York New Music Ensemble* / Electric Phoenix / Oren Fader / David Starobin / Daniel Kennedy / Karol Bennett Tod Machover - The New York New Music Ensemble* / Electric Phoenix / Oren Fader / David Starobin / Daniel Kennedy / Karol Bennett - Flora(CD, Album) Bridge Records (4) BCD 9020 US 1990 Sell This Version
mode 20 Electric Phoenix - The Plague & Other Vocal Works album art Neely Bruce - Electric Phoenix Neely Bruce - Electric Phoenix - The Plague & Other Vocal Works(CD, Album) Mode mode 20 US 1991 Sell This Version
BML 015 Electric Phoenix - The Voice Theatre Of Daryl Runswick album art Electric Phoenix The Voice Theatre Of Daryl Runswick(CD, Album) British Music Label BML 015 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Entr'acte CD 3 Electric Phoenix - Entr'acte CD 3 album art Peter Schat, Luciano Berio, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Electric Phoenix, Edo de Waart Peter Schat, Luciano Berio, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Electric Phoenix, Edo de Waart - Entr'acte CD 3(CD, Comp, Promo) Entr'acte (3) Entr'acte CD 3 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version

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