About / Bio
Fuelled by the the explosion of independent artistic activity created by the pandemic, and having collaborated on Vol. 1 of Stephanie’s Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine, soprano Stephanie Lamprea and bassist James Banner have since developed an understanding of musical priorities characterised by committed and fearless performance and their shared interests in working collaboratively with new artists in interdisciplinary and DIY projects, which seek to push and challenge their own artistic approaches whilst creating socio-politically engaged work. Their merging as a duo is a example of the development of remote collaboration translating to and experiencing longevity in the real world post-pandemic.
Both Stephanie and James are experienced improvisors and have presented solo and ensemble works as featured artists or invited soloists widely across the US and EU with established composers, festivals and curators working within and beyond contemporary classical, avant-garde, jazz and improvised music, everywhere from grassroots independent venues to concert halls. Alongside their constantly evolving duo programme of newly commissioned works by living composers, they present explosive and guttural improvised pieces and solo works both with and without electronics.
The 2022/23 season will see Stephanie and James work together on TEXTS, which has commissioned 6 writers to create new texts for the duo, featuring guests Nick Dunston, Anna Webber, Liz Kosack and Michaël Attias, and continue to premiere new works by composers worldwide at festivals and concerts in the UK.
Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, recitalist, curator, and improviser, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, she uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art, creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” – Jason Eckardt
“…Banner’s bass alone sounds immensely colorful when played solo and lets tones and their sequences emerge in seemingly infinite numbers of smaller tone fragments. Everything sounds sonorous, warm and with so many unbelievably fine, tonal gradations. Banner shows again and again… what enormous variety of sound and richness of color he can express with his instrument…” – Claus Volke
Stephanie and James are currently commissioning or collaboratively developing the following pieces, which will see premieres and recordings in 2022/23:
lines going this way and lines going that way – Oscar Ridout (UK) – text by Agnes Martin – premiered 8.6.2022. – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
mulch to feed the orchid’s flame – Yaz Lancaster (US) – text by Samuel Tongue – premiered 8.6.2022. – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
twenty-four hokku on a modern theme – Sergi Puig Serna (ES/AT) – text by Amy Lowell
new work – Sean X Quinn (AUS/DE)
new work – Rania Chrysostomou (UK)
please contact us if you are interested in having a work performed (solo/duo, with or without electronics) or collaborating!
tbc – Horse Improv Club, IKLECTIK, London
24.10.2021. – soundfestival Aberdeen – 11am, Aberdeen Art Gallery (solo and duo works by Sonia Allori, Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Ben Lunn, Kevin Leomo, Aileen Sweeney, Emily Doolittle, Rylan Gleave, Ailie Robertson)
8.6.2022. – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
9.6.2022. – Hidden Doors Festival, Edinburgh