Anne Rhodes combines coloratura agility and bel canto lyricism with extended vocal techniques and a warm chest voice to sing a broad range of experimental, classical, and improvised music. Drawing heavily upon her classical training, Rhodes also incorporates her knowledge of jazz, South Indian voice, overtone singing, and shape-note singing into creative improvisation, ensemble work, and collaboration with composers. Based in New Haven, she performs regularly in Connecticut, Boston, and New York City.
While studying voice at Boston University's School for the Arts in the late nineties, Rhodes met Third Stream pianist and New England Conservatory professor Ran Blake, and her interest in new music and improvisation was piqued. She began regularly attending and participating in performances associated with NEC's Contemporary Improvisation program and, not long after graduating from BU with a B.Mus. in Voice Performance in 1999, she decided to pursue experimental music and collaboration with composers as her main focus. In 2002, Rhodes received a grant from the MIT Council for the Arts to put on her first recital of 20th century and new music. In 2004, she began her graduate studies at Wesleyan University, where she honed her musicianship by singing complex instrumental parts in Anthony Braxton's Large Ensemble, studying South Indian voice with B. Balasubramanian, and studying the interpretation of jazz standards with Jay Hoggard. While at Wesleyan, she participated in a unique performance of Stimmung, Karlheinz Stockhausen's overtone piece for six vocalists. Rhodes's 2006 M.A. thesis, Adventures in Singing: Collaborating with Composers, explores the relationship between composer and performer, as well addressing the issues inherent in writing for voice. Her thesis was accompanied by Spanking New, a recital of new works by Wesleyan graduate students, undergraduates, and alumni.
Rhodes has premiered works by Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, Charlie Looker, Matthew Welch, Adam Matlock, James Ilgenfritz, Nathan Bontrager, Neil Leonard, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica Pavone, Andrew Dewar, Mikael Karlsson, Aaron Seigel, Kyle Brenders, David Jensenius, Sabrina Schroeder, Sally Norris, Dave Ruder, Jesse Perlman Karlsberg, Phillip Schulze, Katie Young, Laura Goldhamer, Eric Paul, Walter Frank, Barry Seroff, Adam de la Cour, Carl Testa, Chris McDonald, Brian Parks, Max Heath, and Tyshawn Sorey. She performs as part of the duo Bruxism, with composer/multi-instumentalist Carl Testa, and with the chamber trio Broadcloth, with Nathan Bontrager, cello, and Adam Matlock, accordion, for which she embroiders original graphic scores.