I'm a maker of music and theatre, caught somewhere between the middle ages and tomorrow, constantly queering tradition and combining it with experimentation. Trained as a classical vocalist, I seek out new music from the 20th and 21st century, and am equally at home in improvisation, jazz, and American folk. Alongside my band, mammifères, I craft modern tunes based on field recordings, old manuscripts, and stories from the past, updating them with new structural languages of the 21st century.
As a theatre artist, I perform and also produce & direct intimate performances of old and new texts. Unlike the gigging culture in music, theatre allows me to delve further into performance practice, collaboration, and experimentation with longer projects. I aim to create rehearsal and performance space that is sacred and wild to maintain a high standard for performance arts.
photo by Florie Namir
Lukas Papenfusscline is a queer creator & performer of new music and theatre based in NYC working with found material, archival research, and ancient documentation. Recent projects include Katabasis with fourlarks at the Getty Villa, Bottom Feeder created with Julia Duray at Dixon Place, a workshop of Kate Soper's new opera The Romance of the Rose, and Olema, an album of futurefolk music released with their band, mammifères in December 2018. Coming up is more opera and vocal music in NYC & LA, a solo performance of Gertrude Stein's The King or Something (The Public is Invited to Dance), recorded music with pianist Ran Blake, and an album of medieval music for mammifères. Their style is a diverse fusion of the american folk tradition, jazz, dadaism, and experimentation.
Lukas has appeared with their band at Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, The Shrine, Silvana, Jalopy Theatre, Hank's Saloon, (New England:) Radio Bean, Club Passim, Lilypad (California:) Basic Flowers, Hotel Utah Saloon, Dolores Park Cafe; 7th Circle Music Collective (Denver), Artichoke Music (Portland); abroad in Paris at Le Divan du Monde and La Maroquinerie. With Ran Blake, in France at Le Petit Faucheux, Collectif PAN, and Jazzdor. Recent theatre & opera appearances at the Getty Villa (FourLarks), Joe's Pub, The Flea Theatre (Experimental Bitch Presents), Dixon Place, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe (Floating Tower), Jefferson Market Library (Beggars' Shadows), and the Alchemical Theatre (Classical Theatre Collective).
"Lukas sang magnificently and accompanied himself on the piano ... it was once again "The Newest Sound Around" that we were hearing, fascinated."
"...the primordial ooze of nature itself, with familiar songs hissed into being slowly and deliberately, faded and torn from the journey..."