Amanda Gregory is an opera singer, immersive experience designer, and multimedia performer. Her projects combine operatic vocals, 3D sound design, ceremonial containers, psychoacoustic effects, and frameworks drawing from neuroscience, psychological science and contemplative science. Her work has been featured at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Lincoln Center, GoogleLaunchpad, SWSW, Global Energy Conference, NeuroLeadership Summit, MAPS, Lightning in a Bottle, Adobe’s Festival of the Impossible, Oculus Rift VR, Obscura Digital, and the Google IO conference, where she premiered “Atlas of Emotions”, a project commissioned by Dalai Lama and created by Drs. Paul & Eve Ekman. Most recently, Gregory performed virtually at the Awakened Futures Summit and at the Unified Planet Festival on Earth Day for 75,000+ listeners, in partnership with Unify.org.
Her current project, Synæsthetics, is a series of immersive audio visual experiences that systematically integrate ancient traditions with modern scientific theory and technology. In collaboration with UCSB’s Meta Lab, the Center for Human Potential, and SBCAST (Santa Barbara Center for Arts Science and Technology), this project aims to iteratively explore frameworks that can enable sound experiences that expand the mind beyond its familiar boundaries- revealing new dimensions of awareness, enabling mutually rewarding transformational experiences, fostering openness to experience and childlike wonder.
Synæsthetics:::Facebook Live at the Awakened Futures Summit -April 2020
*Wear headphones for psychoacoustic effects
The Atlas of Emotions- Google I/O- May 2019
"Commissioned by Dalai Lama and created by Drs. Paul & Eve Ekman, The Atlas of Emotions is a visual online tool developed to build an emotional language that helps us answer these very questions. In partnership with Dr. Eve Ekman of The Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, Monom, and Google A.I. - this debut experiment is an experiential evolution of the Atlas project that explores how new technologies in sound and A.I. can facilitate embodied understanding of our emotional experiences.
Connecting the cyclical dynamics of natural phenomena to the ever-evolving flux of human feeling - digital opera artist Amanda Gregory enacts a fundamental human journey of longing and belonging. Within a spatial sound landscape - M.L. generated sonic entities are created via N’Synth Super and Magenta Studio. These entities live and self-perpetuate, merging and interacting with the human voice, body and the environment."
Amanda Gregory collaborated with Monom and the Spatial Sound Institute on this immersive multimedia production of “Atlas of Emotions” that aims to explore the depth of human emotion with experimental improvisation, authentic vocalization, morphing the voice with the sounds of diverse species, and responding to the sounds of nature and elements of weather as emotional stimuli. Sounds are programmed to motion sensors that connect Gregory’s physical movement to the movement of 3D sound throughout 85 omni-directional speakers. This was premiered at the Google IO Conference’s Main Art Stage on May 7, 2019.
"I Am Whatever You Say I am": Audio Visual Meditation- December 2019
*Wear headphones for psychoacoustic effects
VERGE 18- Global Energy Conference- October 2018
The VERGE Global Energy Conference brings together a diverse audience to explore the opportunities and challenges in decarbonizing global energy systems. Opera artist Amanda Gregory performs with live Augmented Reality, representing the personified relationship between Nature, Technology, and ourselves.
Making it’s debut at the Festival of the Impossible exhibit at Minnesota Street Project, the interdisciplinary collaboration translates Gregory’s operatic vocal performance into a live projection map of the sounds and the moods of the music, creating a multi-sensory exploration of meaning. Electronic soundscapes and real-time visuals portray an elegant dialogue between the archetypal embodiment of Nature as Earth’s evolutionary force, and Technology as the extension of human capabilities and will. The piece offers a vignette to experience ourselves as an extension of nature, interlinked with technology as an extension of us.
Neuroleadership Summit- November 2016
This performance was in collaboration with a global research organization that leverages the latest neuroscience research to transform businesses and organizations worldwide. Along with 40,000 online viewers, the conference attendees were invited to integrate the weekend of experiential learning through an improvised meditative musical performance created by opera artist Amanda Gregory.
Xenoglossia- Future Time Machine- November 2015
"Drop a Beet" by Amanda Gregory,+ producers and performers- Chris Stevens, Scott Jones, Zárate Zaaló, and Noah Clough Video compiled onto documentation from Future Time Machine- an eclectic, underground music and performance art installation event with visual, multimedia, musical, and performance artists, centered around a uniquely themed creation- a real investment of $1000 into an actual fund for 500 years. Assuming a modest 4% annual return, the investment will be approximately 328 billion dollars in the year 2515, at which point it will be spent on scientific research and the construction of a time machine. First stop for the time machine was this event on November 21st, 2015. ;)
The Fifth Element (A)live- The Great Star Theatre- August 2016
Amanda Gregory performs a modern rendition of Handel's famous aria "Piangeró la sorte mia" from Cleopatra. The Fifth Element (A)Live is an immersive experience and Sci-fi-Classic in a live theatrical setting with multiple projectors, live performances, special effects and more.
Xenoglossia- The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston- March 2015
"Xenoglossia introduced performance art in a spectacular presentation that had the black-tie crowd in awe. A trained opera singer, Gregory best describes the experience, as "an ensemble of shape-shifting matrix transplants utilizing light, sound, color and symbols to transport you into a holographic reality."
Sound and video artist Jonathan Jindra, tech artist Bradley Muñoz and musician Zárate Zaaló combined their talents with a kaleidoscopic video projection that morphed as Gregory sang. Even her prismatic hair changed colors, in keeping with her vocal frequencies. For her chanting and serenading, Gregory wore a 10-foot high metal dress, sculpted by artist Patrick Renner.- CultureMap
The Knells- award-winning neo chamber art rock group- 2013
The Knells are an art rock ensemble from Brooklyn, NY led by composer and guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee. Drawing inspiration from over 1000 years of western classical music and deftly fusing it with the worlds of progressive, psychedelic, and experimental rock.
"[The Knells'] lyrics ponder cosmic conditions and cycles — time, space, dissolution, regeneration — and they are sung by three women, often in cascading counterpoint that can invoke Renaissance polyphony or Minimalism. The songs aren't verse-chorus-verse; they sweep ahead, through passages of tolling solo electric guitar, of elegiac vocal melodies and harmonies, of note-bending quasi-Indian strings and guitar, of progressive-rock processionals. The classical training and female harmonies can make the Knells similar to Dirty Projectors, but this band looks toward Europe and tone poems rather than Africa and pop. Instead of hooks there are sustained dramatic arcs, meticulous and serpentine."
Call of the Ouroboros was a multidisciplinary elaboration of the Knells at the Houston Fringe Festival, in which Amanda Gregory, sculptural artist Patrick Renner, and video artist Jonathan Jindra worked collaboratively to performThe Knell’s in a theatrically-engaging performance-installation. Gregory employs her powerful vocals as middle voice in the luscious three-part sonic experience of lucid dream-like states.
Listen to The Knells
Best Album 2013 #6 by the New Republic
Sweet Lost Pierrot- The Nouveau Classical Project- 2012
Amanda Gregory performs "Pierrot Lunaire" with the Nouveau Classical Project.
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), founded by Sugar Vendil is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble that is "bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.
Sweet Lost Pierrot was an interdisciplinary concert that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg’s 'Pierrot Lunaire.' Schoenberg was among the most important contemporary composers, being the founder of Serialism and 12-tone music, creating fundamentally new tonal structures for experiencing sound.
Press on Nouveau Classical Project:
“expert technique, impassioned playing” - I care if you listen
"...bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre...NCP's work makes a stage for finding nuance in rigid categories." - VICE
"Leading this unlikely intersection of classical music and fashion..." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The Nouveau Classical Project is…putting a new face on classical music." - NPR
"Classical music’s got an edge these days, and we have the Nouveau Classical Project to thank for that." - MILK MADE
"NCP...deserve props for the premiere performance..." - NEW MUSIC BOX