Charmaine Lee

Charmaine Lee (b. 1991) is a Cantonese Australian vocalist based in New York. Using the voice, feedback, and live processing, Lee’s practice is primarily concerned with risk-taking, collaboration, and improvisation. Lee has performed in over 350 contexts ranging from large institutions such as the Lincoln Center to DIY basements around the world. She has been recognized as “extraordinary” by The New Yorker, and has been featured in New York Times, Washington Post, and Wire Magazine. As a composer, Lee has been commissioned by leading new music and media enterprises including the International Contemporary Ensemble and HBO Max. Lee was an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room (2019) and Van Lier Fellow at Roulette (2021). Her long standing collaborators include: Conrad Tao (Forbes 30U30) and Ikue Mori (MacArthur Fellow). Lee is passionate about maximizing the surface area of boundary-breaking music and guest lectures frequently at high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level programs around the country. In 2023, she founded a record label & distribution platform, First Formants, dedicated to supporting pioneering artists in music & sound.

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