“A captivating mix of singer-songwriter intimacy, fourth wall-crushing theatricality,
and curious experimental exploration”
New Music Box

“Winning Soprano”
New York Times

“luminous harmonies […] haunting music and text”
New York Times

“astonishing vocal versatility […] Bell often subsumes the evening’s mystery within a spectral shape-shifting, as if she contained young and old, male and female, living and dead within her frame at the same time — just as her flexible voice is equally at home in the folk, bebop, atonal or experimental elements”
San Francisco Chronicle

“clear soprano ringing out with emotion and power”
Boston Globe

“a composer-singer with Tori Amos-style roots in the indie-folk community
[…] who has clearly found a home for herself in the world of experimental vocal music”
Feast of Music

Gelsey Bell “squints her eyes, opens her mouth as wide as a Francis Bacon cardinal and lets out a virtuosic, slowly mounting sound that is part rasp, part scream, part nails dragging down a chalkboard. It’s a glorious noise, especially because it seems to come upon Ms. Bell unaware, inserting itself like an unruly guest into a voice that is otherwise sweet and folksy. But that’s the point: You hear the screech, and you think harder about the smoothly sweet parts than you otherwise might.”
New York Times



New Music Box profile with video interview (2015)

Resonant Bodies Interview (2014)

CIPHONY: Best of Bandcamp, Tempo, Decoder Magazine

PRISONER’S SONG: New York Times,

THIS TAKES PLACE CLOSE BY: I Care If You Listen, New York Music Daily,

NY1, The Village Voice, Culturebot

RESONANT BODIES: New York Times, Feast of Music

CUNNINGHAM EVENTS: New York Times, DanceBeat

Solos and SPENT HORIZON: InfiniteBody

ROLODEX: Pitchfork

YOU ARE MY HEAT & GLARE: New York Times,

DanceBeat, InfiniteBody

LOCKER ROOM DUET: Whitehot Magazine, Time Out New York

SCALING: Great Weather for Media, Sequenza 21,

Huffington Post, The Glass

BATHROOM SONGS: Brooklyn Vegan

Varispeed’s PERFECT LIVES: New York Times, Wall Street Journal,

Time Out New York, Los Angeles Times,

Dave Malloy’s GHOST QUARTET: New York Times, Time Out New York,

New York Post, Huffington Post, Daily News, Boston Globe,

San Francisco Chronicle, Broadway Baby, The Scotman


Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter

New York Times, Bloomberg, Backstage,

Gregory Whitehead’s ON THE SHORE DIMLY SEEN: RadioDoc Reviews

John King’s MICRO-OPERAS: New York Times

Robert Ashley’s CRASH: Opera Today, New York Times,

I Care If You Listen, New York Classical Review

Kate Soper’s HERE BE SIRENS: New York Times, New York Times,

Wall Street JournalNew York Times, I Care If You Listen

Yasuko Yokoshi’s BELL: New York Times, DanceBeat

John Cage’s APARTMENT HOUSE 1776: New York Times

Georges Aperghis’ SEXTUOR: Bad At Sports

JOHN CAGE AT 100: Sequenza 21

Jay Vilnai’s SHAKESPEARE SONGS: Lucid Culture

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