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KIMAYA DIGGS

VOCALIST/ACTRESS 

kimaya.diggs@gmail.com | www.kimayadiggs.com

 

EDUCATION

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, Concentration in Theatre and Music. 2011

Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Arts, English and Vocal Performance. 2015

 

RANGE

­­­­­E3-D6, whistle register. Sings in 28 distinct vocal styles and 22 languages

 

PREVIOUS TEACHERS

Sheila Jordan, Marion Cowings, Mitch Chakour, Jay Clayton, Kim Nazarian (jazz/pop), Benita Valente, Sally Wolf, Martha Collins (classical), Jean-Etienne Langianni (traditional Corsican chant), Bongani Magatyana (traditional South African choral music).

 

PERFORMANCE SELECTION

Northern Harmony European Tour, August-November 2014. Teaching and performing traditional unaccompanied music from South Africa, the Balkans, Southern Appalachia, Corsica, Sardinia, etc.

Northern Harmony European and South American Tour, January-April 2013 & August-December 2014.

Here In My Garden premiere, 2015, a new play with songs. Contributing playwright, lyricist, performer.

The Royal Singer premiere, 2015. Swarthmore College. Lead role.

The Gondoliers, 2015. Valley Light Opera. Tessa.

South Pacific staged reading, 2015. Swarthmore College. Bloody Mary.

Listen With Your Heart premiere, 2011. play by the late Yusef Lateef. UMass. Actor/singer.

Joseph…Dreamcoat, 2011, ALSCT. Narrator.

 

MUSIC FESTIVALS/MASTERCLASSES (selected)

Florence Voice Seminar, 2013, with Benita Valente, Sally Wolf, and Martha Collins.

Jazz duet masterclass, 2014, with Al Chesnowitz.

Jazz in July, 2010, with Sheila Jordan and Marion Cowings

Jazz improvisation masterclass, 2017, with Giacomo Gates

Masterclasses in jazz, a cappella ensemble, R&B/Pop, classical (opera and art songs)

 

RECORDING

Solo album Breastfed released April 8, 2018.

Contributing or lead vocals on albums for Chad Hollister, Paul Arslanian, Danny Bernini, LuxDeluxe, ReBelle , Mammal Dap, Frank Manzi, and more.

 

OTHER/SPECIAL SKILLS

Performed in over 50 operas, musicals, and plays. Extensive solo performance calendar year-round. 15 years classical piano, 2 years jazz piano, 8 years classical cello, 3 years guitar, 3 years ukulele. 3 years flamenco, 7 years ballet and modern, 16 years contra, 15 years Balkan folk dance, rusty conversational French, proficient Georgian krimanchuli yodeling.