Gelsey Bell | Pioneer Sessions

On February 17th, 2023, singer, songwriter, and scholar Gelsey Bell recorded "Ubasute" at Pioneer Works, while she was a music resident. Later that year, Bell—described by the New York Times as “one of New York’s most adventurous musicians”—would go on to perform a draft of her new work, Planetary Anamnesis, during Pioneer Works's Crit Night at the Ace Hotel.

Bell is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Her soundwalk, titled Cairns & created with Joseph White, is ongoing at Green-Wood Cemetery. Her work has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. She has released multiple albums on Gold Bolus Recordings. As a resident artist at the HERE Arts Center, she is currently developing the opera mɔːnɪŋ, and she has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Opera America, and the Japan Foundation. ♦