Her pedigree is impressive, but Roxanna Walistzki’s vocal prowess, coupled with her unabashed bravery, is meant to be seen as well as heard. One could take a trip with Waltizki’s voice supplying the soundtrack and reach new heights vibration-wise, but she and her latest EP, Exquisite Corpse, have so much more to offer.
She reminds me of the blue lady in The Fifth Element who sings on stage, is shot multiple times, and is hiding the key to humanity’s salvation in her abdomen. As ignorant as that may sound, it is the highest praise I can offer from a pop culture point of view.
With a flawless resume and top-notch education, Walistzki seems to have maneuvered her way through the opera world on her own terms. She’s a “classically trained mezzo-soprano specializing in the performance of German Art Songs, contemporary classical music, and classically-inspired reinventions of popular music.” More than that, she’s a showstopper, able to sing the proverbial phone book and command a standing ovation. From the classics of Schubert and Schumann to The National, her experimentation and merging of pop, electronic and classical music is interesting and edgy.
If you see her name on any project, it’s worth a listen. You will hear the future.
(Exquisite Corpse is available for purchase digitally via roxanna.bandcamp.com. Watch the visually striking teaser for the Exquisite Corpse EP below via YouTube.)