Voxfire
 

Voxfire

forging new sonic dimensions

from ancient melodies 


In 2015 virtuosic early music vocalists Samela Aird Beasom, Christen Herman, and Susan Judy, and versatile classic/jazz-and-beyond composer/arrangers and instrumentalists Nick DePinna and Ross Garren had the good fortune of being introduced to one another, and the new exciting sounds of Voxfire were born. 

 

 
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Ross

ROSS GARREN, a pianist, harmonicist, and composer, resides in Los Angeles. He received his B.M. from the University of Southern California where he was named Outstanding Graduate in Composition. He is a member of the duos Garren & Cohan and the Sheriffs of Schroedingham, and has his own solo project, Taggart. Named a Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Fellow, Ross has also been awarded three ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards. An active contract musician, he has arranged for B.B. King, Haim, and Lyle Workman, and has performed on numerous recordings with artists such as Kesha, Ben Folds, Lupe Fiasco, Jim Keltner, Benmont Tench, and for composers Marco Beltrami, Alf Clausen, Mark Mancina, Bear McCreary, Kathryn Bostic, and Austin Wintory. As an educator, Ross has served on faculty at the Musician’s Institute and as an expert guide on David Barrett’s Bluesharmonica.com. Ross’s recent film score work includes contributions to CMT’s television series Sun Records, and two Netflix series, Love and Crashing.

 
 
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NICK

San Francisco-born composer and trombonist NICK DEPINNA has embraced Los Angeles as his adopted home, studying music composition at UCLA and completing his M.A. there in 2010. He counts James W. Newton, Paul Chihara, David Lefkowitz, and Kenny Burrell among several important mentors. DePinna’s compositions and arrangements are performed with increasing regularity by professional ensembles and universities across the country. His independent film and commercial scores are frequently heard on HBO, NatGeo WILD, Fox Sports, VH-1, and CMT. In addition, his orchestrations and music productions with other Hollywood composers air on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Lifetime, and ABC. A versatile trombonist, Nick has performed, toured, and/or recorded with several groups and artists, including Brian Setzer, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Jon Jang, John Daversa, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Pops, Moses Sumney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Dream Theater, and M83.

 
 
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Christen

CHRISTEN HERMAN, mezzo-soprano, is a founding member of VOXFIRE. Known primarily for performing music written before 1750 and after 1950, she has appeared as a soloist with numerous California-based ensembles, including I Cantori, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Paulist Boy Choristers, Los Angeles Cambridge Singers, Millennium Consort, and Artists’ Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco. She was featured in Long Beach Opera’s production of Charpentier’s The Imaginary Invalid, and in I Cantori’s production of Hildegard von Bingen’s chant-drama Ordo Virtutum in the lead role of The Soul. Recently, she performed with Tonality, a new vocal group dedicated to promoting social justice. Festival and series appearances include the Ojai, Santa Cruz Baroque, and Los Angeles Bach Festivals, Music at St. Matthew’s, Armand Hammer Museum, and Colly Soleri Series at Arcosanti. In addition to film score solo and ensemble singing, she has performed and recorded premieres of works by Steve Reich and Joan La Barbara.

 
 
 
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Samela

SAMELA AIRD BEASOM, a founding member of VOXFIRE, began her career as a soloist in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, touring extensively throughout the United States and Japan with the Roger Wagner Chorale. She has since been featured with numerous other Los Angeles-based ensembles, including I Cantori, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and L.A. Opera, for whom she has performed in over 100 productions. Samela has been a featured soloist at the Carmel Bach, Santa Cruz Baroque, Corona del Mar Baroque, and Ojai Festivals, and was one of the founding members and primary soloists of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. Her extensive studio work includes sessions for composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, and John Williams.

 
 
 
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Susan

SUSAN JUDY, a specialist in both early and contemporary music, has appeared as soloist throughout the Southwest at various festivals and series including the Ojai, E. Nakamichi, Santa Cruz Baroque, and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals; the Berkeley Festival; the famed Monday Evening Concerts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Skirball Center and Diljian Chamber Music Series. Susan has debuted a number of new works, including west coast premieres by Steve Reich, John Adams, and Otto Luening, and as a soloist with the California E.A.R. Unit. She performed for many years with Los Angeles-based ensembles Musica Pacifica, I Cantori, and Musica Angelica as a soloist, and as a principal in staged productions of medieval and Baroque works. More recently, she sang with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Millennium Consort, and the Grammy®-winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella. In addition, she has performed with American Bach Soloists and other ensembles throughout California. As a founding member of VOXFIRE, Susan has researched, arranged, produced and performed numerous concerts of ancient and newly-commissioned repertoire.

 

EARLY DAYS


Voxfire burns down the house...
— Lawrence Vittes

soprano trio voxfire

an integral part

of the los angeles

performing scene

since the mid ‘90s

vocal music spanning

a thousand years

sublimely illuminated

by the singular voices

of voxfire

transporting listeners

far and wide

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