Argenta has been a fixture of the LA music scene for the last decade, performing many times at some of the city's best-loved venues, including the blue whale, REDCAT, Automata, Saint John's Cathedral and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. A dedicated singer of music from the sacred medieval to the modern experimental, some of her favorite musical activities are singing Schubert Lieder, modal droning, free improvising, playing with Just Intonation, and harmonizing on folk songs.
In the current season, Argenta was delighted to perform at Walt Disney Hall for the Noon to Midnight festival along with Southland Ensemble and at the historic Monday Evening Concerts with Ensemble Vocatrix, singing songs and hymns of Hildegard von Bingen. Upcoming concerts include Ruth Crawford Seeger's Three Songs with Southland Ensemble and the return of Accordant Commons to Automata for works by Kaija Saariaho, Carolyn Chen, Leah Reid and Evan Johnson.
Argenta feels lucky to be living at a time and place when musicians can openly explore links between different genres, notations, and musical forms in their quest for individual and collective expression. In the spirit of this exploration, she recently began the certification process to become a Somatic Movement Educator, and is exciting to go down this path of linking the body to the music it makes.
Argenta attended UC Santa Cruz for undergraduate studies in music and the humanities and then completed her MFA at CalArts for immersion in artistic experimentation and modern music.
Stephanie Aston is a committed performer of contemporary music. Praised by Steve Schick as “fearless” in her pursuit of repertoire, she has participated in numerous American and world premiers, including Luigi Nono’s Guai ai Gelidi Mostri, Michael Gordon’s What to Wear, and George Aperghis’ Sextuor: L’Origine des espèces.
Stephanie has appeared on the L.A. Philharmonic Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, wasteLAnd, (Re)Sounds at Stanford University, and at REDCAT. She is an original member of the vocal ensemble Kallisti, and a founding member of the ROMP Ensemble and Accordant Commons. She has also performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, The Industry, Red Fish Blue Fish, the La Jolla Symphony, Gnarwhallaby, Chamber Cartel, 18-squared, and ad-hoc ensembles at Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, UC San Diego, Stanford University, and in Los Angeles. She is also an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music.
Noteworthy performances include Brian Ferneyhough’s Etudes Transcendantales, John Zorn’s Rituals, Jason Eckardt’s Tongues, John Adams’ A Flowering Tree (Kumudha), Edgard Varese’ Offrandes, Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and Alberto Ginastera’s Cantata Para America Magica.
Ms. Aston holds a D.M.A. from University of California San Diego, an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and a B.M. from University of North Texas and currently teaches at Moorpark College.
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