Nathaniel LaNasa and Lucy Dhegrae
ULTRAFIZZ began in 2012, through a shared wall at the Third Street Music School Settlement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where we were both faculty. Curious about each other’s musical worlds, we began to exchange news and advice in what quickly became a deep musical friendship; we bonded over mutual adventurous musical appetites and a love of music as language. We took the chemistry of jam sessions and shared coffee breaks to our first public collaboration in May 2017, in a candlelit crypt in New York City—our official “coming out” concert. The program featured songs about stolen elections, one-night stands, and lyrics of a poetic internet trollbot; as well as world premieres by Shawn Jaeger, Scott Wollschleger, and Adam Zuckerman. With the same program one month later, we packed a hip gallery in LA’s Arts District with an exuberant, cheering audience. Since then, we have performed for opening night of the Resonant Bodies Festival at Roulette (Brooklyn), at the Juilliard School, and for the American Music Festival (Albany Symphony). Among our closest collaborators are award-winning composers Tonia Ko (YCA), Sky Macklay (Columbia University), and Hayes Biggs. Our vision is to expand the limits of voice and piano partnership through thoughtful, fun programming and commissions that go well beyond the composer-ensemble transaction; we delight in role swaps, confetti cannons, and colored wigs.