Lukas Papenfusscline is a queer based in NYC creating & performing new music and theatre. Working with both ancient sources and contemporary compositions, their style fuses traditional performance practice with experimentation, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Trained as a classical vocalist, Papenfusscline works regularly with both new music that expands the understanding of the vocalist as performer / witness as well as complicated or progressive pieces from medieval and renaissance repertoires. As a theatre artist, they perform, direct, and produce intimate performances based on found material, embodied research, and ancient documentation.
Recent projects include Frankenstein at the Wallis Theatre in Los Angeles, &CRISEYDE with Experimental Bitch Presents and the NYPL, Katabasis with fourlarks at the Getty Villa, Bottom Feeder at Dixon Place, and a workshop of Kate Soper's new opera The Romance of the Rose. Alongside their band, mammifères, they released Olema in 2018, and have appeared at Rockwood, Bowery Electric, Club Passim, Radio Bean, The Lilypad, Threes Brewing, Pete's Candy Store, Silvana, the Shrine, and abroad in Paris at Le Divan du Monde and La Maroquinerie. With Ran Blake, in France at Le Petit Faucheux, Collectif PAN, and Jazzdor.
photo by Azure Rue
"...the primordial ooze of nature itself, with familiar songs hissed into being slowly and deliberately, faded and torn from the journey..."
"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."