Experimental Vocalist Anne Rhodes Profiled

Source: New Haven Independent.

It starts with a series of arpeggios, at first sweet, then curdling with each layer added. Then a vocal line flutters and soars over the top of it, spirals out of control as the arpeggios drop into a deep fog. Then there’s a sound that morphs, unexplainably, from a gutteral chant to a buzzing, swooping choir. It all comes from one voice — that of Anne Rhodes, performing as Red Rainbow. That voice seems infinitely flexible as Rhodes manipulates it. Sounds seem to come out of nowhere. But they’re really the product of a lifetime of singing, and of Rhodes pushing herself always to find out what she can do musically, to do it, and then to do more.