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Known for her chameleonic musicianship and fearless performance of new and experimental works, Kelsey Cotton is a vocalist from Australia currently based in Hamburg, Germany.
After wandering off the path of classical voice, Kelsey found her home in the world of experimental, avant-garde and contemporary music. She has a special place in her heart for timbral techniques, graphic scores and performative works.
Kelsey is fascinated with the mind-body integration of singing, which has seen her recent work delve deeper into designing artefacts which harness the physiological movements of phonation. She is passionate about somatic interaction, and the potential for intersomatic vocal experiences.
Kelsey has sung in festivals and venues such as Sounds of Stockholm (SE), LABO SAS (FR), WeW! Contemporary Music Festival (FI), Kulturnatt (SE) and AaSaA (NZ). She is a sought-after interpreter of new music, premiering vocal and chamber works across Europe.
During 2018 - 2020 Kelsey was a student of the Masters of Contemporary Performance and Composition program, an itinerant program across 4 European cities and music institutions in Tallinn, Stockholm, Lyon and Hamburg. She also holds a Bachelor and Honours in Classical Voice from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (AU).