Experimental duo The Witches has developed a wide and vibrant language, creating sonic worlds that flex between microscopic and massive, sweet and ferocious. Using flutes, vocals, violin, and viola, Louna Dekker-Vargas and Ledah Finck perform their own works, commission young composers writing in a variety of styles, and improvise together in a dialogue that is instantly recognizable for combining playfulness and precision. Founded in 2015 as best friends who wanted to make music together but lacked a repertoire that spoke to them, The Witches have since then been speaking for themselves and creating a unique body of work, the goal of which is subvert traditional notions of femininity in music and celebrate the rough edges of performance as well as highly polished ones. The Witches are alumni of Peabody Conservatory, classically trained, graduating with honors for their respective degrees.
Previous projects include "Berio Fest", the first installment in an ongoing project exploring Luciano Berio's Sequenzas and other music, presented at An Die Musik in Baltimore and Spectrum in NYC; "Behind The Curtain", a research and performance project investigating women's roles in salon culture and its effect on modern classical music, resulting in several performances and six new works (album available on Bandcamp); "Fragile Skins", an evening-length set of music and poetry curated, arranged, and composed by The Witches for the Thrive Series in Baltimore; a cohesive event on female friendships which spun together improvised and classical music with selected feminist texts by Audre Lorde, Patricia Collins, and bell hooks.