SOLO tour Fall 2019
about the album
Anything Chartreuse (2019) is the debut EP and solo project of vocalist, composer and roving musicologist Majel Connery.
Connery's "crystalline voice" (Chicago Reader) is the centripetal force on the EP, unifying four experimental tracks that range from vocoder sonnets to “dreamy art pop” (Second Inversion). Too complex to be ambient, and too atmospheric to be rock, the EP is a marriage of proggy, moody and arty, side-stepping verse/chorus form in favor of massive, shifting textures and lyrical climaxes. Connery’s conspicuous classical influences are most on display in the opening track, “August,” which also features a cameo from her composer collective, Oracle Hysterical.
Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer and roving musicologist. Her music has been called “thoroughly Schubertian” by the Wall Street Journal, and her voice “crystalline” by the Chicago Reader. Most recently, Connery wrote songs about porn, periods, and sad fish for five episodes of Radiolab’s “Gonads” series. Connery performs and records most frequently with NY-based performer/composer collective Oracle Hysterical, and as a solo artist. She is currently touring her debut EP, Anything Chartreuse, called “dreamy art pop with the sensitivity and nuance of classical music” (Second Inversion).
After moving to the Bay Area in 2013 to take an assistant professorship in musicology at the University of California Berkeley, Connery left academia in 2015 to pursue a career as a professional musician. Since then, as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford (2017-18), she commissioned and performed Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s “Contriving the Chimes,” written for Connery and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and staged by opera director Christopher Alden. In 2016, as Mellon Visiting Artist at Wellesley, she commissioned and performed Aeolus, a throat-singing rock opera by Rome- and Berlin Prize-winning composer Ken Ueno. This past spring, Connery co-taught a “Voice” seminar at Princeton with poet & collaborator Jeff Dolven.
Sept 19-22 CHICAGO
Sept 17 Drawing Room, Arts Club of Chicago
Sept 19 Hyde Park Salon Series
Sept 20 Richard Gray Gallery/EXPO Chicago
Sept 22 Constellation
Oct 18-28 NYC/UPSTATE NY
Oct 19 Soho House party
Oct 20 Williamsburg House party
Oct 25 Zingara Vintage, Far Rockaway
Oct 26 Washington Heights House Party
Nov 7-17 BAY AREA
Nov 7 Red Door House Concerts
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“…dreamy art pop with the sensitivity and nuance of classical music…”
“uninflected and vibrato free … borrowing from the interpretive sophistication of jazz … and the deliberate naivete of folk-rock.”
- Wall Street Journal
“...singer Majel Connery expertly draw[s] upon a wide swath of approaches—British folk, madrigal, art rock.”
- Bandcamp Daily
“Connery has achieved the practically impossible: she makes contemporary opera feel both accessible and hip.” - KQED
“Connery’s smooth, sultry vocals flow in long, legato lines …”
- Second Inversion
“Majel Connery … has the temperament of a lion tamer”
- SF Classical Voice