B i o g r a p h y

Created in 2009, the Bowers Fader Duo performs both classical and contemporary repertoire. Their ongoing mission is to promote new American art songs for mezzo and guitar, through commissions, performances, and recordings. To date, they have presented over 40 world premieres of works written for them. Since 2016, the Duo has presented their series, New American Art Songs for Mezzo and Guitar, three times each season in venues around New York City.
 
The Duo has been presented by Bar Harbor Music Festival, New York Classical Guitar Society, University of Indianapolis, Queens New Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Lehigh University. They have been guest artists with Cygnus Ensemble, Taconic Music, Festival of New American Music, Poetica Musica, Composers Concordance, and Musical Chairs Ensemble.
 
In 2019, the duo released their debut album, “Between Us All” (New Focus Recordings), a collection of songs written for them by Paul Salerni, David Claman, Scott Wheeler, and Tim Mukherjee. They can also be heard on “Der Weg ins Freie”, an album of music written by William Kentner Anderson (Furious Artisans). 
In the Fall of 2021 Bridge Records will release the duo’s second recording, “People, Places, and Pets”, featuring works of Paul Salerni.
 
"...the deep oak of Jessica Bowers' lower range and the lush honey of her higher range mix well with the steady and sensitive guitar playing of Oren Fader" - American Record Guide
 
“Mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers and guitarist Oren Fader are to be commended just for helping to expand the art-song catalogue...reminding listeners of the genre’s innate power as a vehicle for storytelling.“
Daniel J. Kushner, 2019 Opera News
 
“Fader’s guitar-playing immediately stands out…(he) brings deliberate energy and intensity to the songs. His articulate fingerpicking accentuates sparkling riffs and contributes subdued timbres as a counterbalance to Bowers’s penetrating vibrato.”
Daniel J. Kushner, 2019 Opera News
 
“Bowers is exceptional at exuding charisma while interpreting the texts with emotional sensitivity for the songs’ subjects.“
Daniel J. Kushner, 2019 Opera News
 
“With great ensemble performances, intricate and musical guitar work, and soaring vocals, this is a very exciting release."
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