Sugar Vendil / The Nouveau Classical Project
New York, NY
Tell us about your work.
I am the pianist and the artistic director of a contemporary music ensemble called The Nouveau Classical Project. Collaboration is central to our work. We bring together talented artists of various disciplines, such as fashion designers and visual artists, to create concerts that both sound amazing and are visually compelling.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an artist, and where were you?
I was pretty young and I didn’t really know what being an artist would entail. I heard a classmate play the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (easy version, of course) and I wanted to be a pianist at that point. My plan was to be a lawyer and a pianist. In college I realized you couldn’t do that, and I committed to music when I realized how much I loved it. And I’ve evolved over the years and now perform and direct multidisciplinary performances.
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
"Piano, Pen, Notebook."
What is the best advice you’ve gotten from your mentor or a WAA Member?
That our first time at a conference would be just to meet people and to keep our expectations low.
Name an artist you’d love to meet and why?
I think I’d want to meet Shara Worden. I love her work. She has a classical background but a successful pop career and also seems to have an interest in avant-garde performance.
If I weren’t doing this I’d…
I’d probably be a dancer or a writer. Although I am trying to incorporate more dance in my work so that I can have the best of both worlds!
What are your 3 goals for 2016?
To get NCP a manager, fundraise my salary, create new work.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on our upcoming music and art installation called “Mysterium Novum” which was conceived by our clarinetist Isabel Kim and will premiere in June 2016 at White Box Gallery in NYC. And other projects that are happening in 2017. One is with Rome Prize winning composer Nina C. Young and fashion designer Titania Inglis and will be inspired by the way human have permanently affected the geology of the Earth.
For more information, visit http://www.nouveauclassical.org/