Lukas Papenfusscline is a singer and performance maker living between New York City and Köln, Germany. They specialize in medieval and new song and work exclusively in collaborative environments. Using queer temporality and spirituality, they put ancient art practice in conversation with contemporary experimentation.
A sought-after vocalist in opera and crossover genres, Lukas also leads a band, mammifères, that adapts music of the past through ethnic chaos. The band's first album, Olema, explored American folk music, and Bestiary (expected spring 2023) is a dive into medieval music. As a theatre artist, they create, direct, and produce intimate performance based on found material, embodied research, and alternative documentation.
They have recently appeared at the Wallis Theatre, Getty Villa, NYPL, La MaMa, Joe's Pub, Club Passim, Bowery Electric, and montez press radio. They have collaborated with celebrated artists, including Ran Blake, Eve Beglarian, Benjamin Bagby, Four Larks, John Aylward, and Vox Werdensis.
Lukas also loves lichen, fermentation, textiles, and swimming.
"a terrifying tone transforming the songs of our centuries into the rantings of madmen. Essential, in all meanings of the word; a divine, disquieting artifact of the folkways."