Phoebe Legere, US Citizen, Penobscot/Micmac/French-Canadian ancestry, New York City Resident
Phoebe Legere studied at the , New England Conservatory, City College, and graduated from Vassar College . She wrote her thesis on Performance Art in New York City. While doing her masters in music at NYU, Legere was signed to Epic/Sony Records. She was resident composer for the Wooster Group and studied with RIchard Schecner (experimental theater), Larry Rivers (video and painting) and John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet (Jazz Improvisation)
In 2001 Legere received a NYSCA grant to write The Queen of New England, an experimental multimedia opera about the Massachusetts Native American Holocaust. Hello Mrs. President, a multi - character live art work about the first African American woman president of the United States, was presented at Theater of the New City, in 1993, 1994, and 2004. The Common Root of All Organisms, about the evolution of Prokaryotes, was performed at University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She sang her text the Waterclown, about the formative movements of fluids, music by Morgan Powell, with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (nominated Pulitzer Prize in Music 2000). Dark Energy, her astrophysics poem, music by Eric Mandat, was performed at the University of Illinois at Carbondale in November 2004.
Legere has appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS City Arts and Charlie Rose. She opened for David Bowie on his national tour. Legere is Head Writer for Roulette TV, a show about experimental Art and Music. She was Artist in Residence at the School of Visual Arts Computer Art MFA department 2003, and at the University of Victoria Graduate School of Engineering and Music in 2004. She presented her Sneakers of Samothrace in a Lecture Performance at Ircam's Resonances Aux Festival, Paris France November 2004 and was Artist in Residence at Steim, Amsterdam's leading Electronic Music Foundation. For the past five years Phoebe Legere has spent two weeks out of the year at Ragdale, an artist colony where she prepares new work in collaboration with the Tone Road Ramblers. She records for Einstein Records, a label known for experimental and adventurous music. Legere has bee Native American special educator in the New York City public schools for ten years. She is known to thousands of school children as Phoebe Songbundle, Teacher of Environmental Respect.
This week Legere's Pulitzer nominated "Waterclown" her New Classical collaboration with composer Morgan Powell, will be released on TNC Records, Visit TNC.net for more information .
Legere's multimedia DVD is due in March 30 . It is an album of her compositions and paintings, mixed in 5.1 surroundsound and produced by Tony Bennett's son Dae at the Bennett Studios. Dae sings backup vocals on all songs. Legere is backed by Savoy Brown Blues Band on this Bennett Records release.
A collaboration with Eno and Leo Abrahams called Ultra Romantic Parallel Universe will be released soon on Mercury Records. Legere wrote the lyrics and improvised the melody to music by Leo Abrahams. Here is a good example of the way Legere makes science fun:
Ultra - Romantic Parallel Universe
Her next NYC performance will be her world premiere " Gluskabe and Watson " - about the Penobscot cultural hero and the co - discoverer of DNA.
Phoebe Legere is doing graduate studies in music composition at Juilliard in New York City.