The Longer Story
Daisy Press was raised on buses, planes, in hotels, and hidden under the stage of the large-scale international rock and roll tour where both her parents were band members for over 40 years. These days, she is a ferocious, passionate voice in experimental, pop, and classical music in the United States and Europe. DaisyChoir is her most personal ongoing work.
In modern European music, Daisy sings regularly as a soloist with Vienna-based ensembles Klangforum Wien and Phace, and in Germany with the Aleph Guitar Quartet. There she has performed works of composers Bernhard Lang, Martin Smolka, Rebecca Saunders, Claude Vivier, György Ligeti, and Fausto Romitelli at numerous vital venues and festivals.
In January 2023, Daisy "blew away the entire evening" at the Vienna Konzerthaus with her "outstanding," "dazzling" coloratura in Ligeti's "Mysteries of the Macabre" with Klangforum Wien. For her recording and performance of Morton Feldman's "Three Voices" at the Museum of Modern Art, Press was hailed by the New York Times as "intrepid" and "passionate." With So Percussion, she has performed multiple works of Steve Reich, including "Drumming" and "Music for 18 Musicians" worldwide. The Times also praised the “winning subtlety and understatement” of her performance of George Crumb's "Unto the Hills" with So.
At Brooklyn’s notorious House of Yes, Daisy has served as singer-in-residence and regularly collaborates with their astounding aerialists and circus artists. She composes, arranges, and summons works that are virtuosic, ecstatic, intimate, irreverent, and transcendent. In the pop world, Daisy once served as the lead backing singer/dancer for Chromeo, and appeared with them on Letterman, Conan, Fallon, at Lollapalooza, and at Coachella. On Broadway, Daisy originated her own role in "The Devouring" at the Times Square Edition, where she nightly sang her divine-feminine re-embodiment of Nine Inch Nails’ 90s banger “Closer.”
Over the last 20 years, Daisy has maintained a relationship with the 12th-century mystic and polymath Hildegard of Bingen. Never a traditionalist, Press incorporates elements of North Indian (Hindustani) ragas into her unusual and extraordinary interpretations of Hildegard's chants. Press has shared Hildegard at House of Yes, at National Sawdust, in the dust of Burning Man, in reverberant German churches, on Zoom in Voice Cult, in Central Park, and privately with fellow humans journeying through liminal spaces.
Academically, Ms. Press holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the Manhattan School of Music, where she once was on the faculty for several years. She currently studies with Heidi Skok, has studied with Trish McCaffrey and Indian music with Michael Harrison.