A dedicated singer of music from the sacred medieval to the modern experimental, Argenta was born and raised in Oakland, California, and has been migrating south for quite some time. She attended UC Santa Cruz for undergraduate studies in music and the humanities and then completed her MFA at CalArts for immersion in artistic experimentation and modern music. Argenta has been a fixture of the LA music scene for the last decade, performing many times at some of the city's best-loved venues, including the blue whale, REDCAT, Automata, Saint John's Cathedral and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Some of her favorite musical activities are singing Schubert Lieder, modal droning, free improvising, playing with Just Intonation, and harmonizing on folk songs.
In the 2017-2018 season, Argenta was delighted to perform at Walt Disney Hall for the Noon to Midnight festival along with Southland Ensemble and at the historic Monday Evening Concerts with Ensemble Vocatrix, singing songs and hymns of Hildegard von Bingen. Upcoming concerts include Ruth Crawford Seeger's Three Songs with Southland Ensemble and the return of Accordant Commons to Automata for works by Kaija Saariaho, Carolyn Chen, Leah Reid and Evan Johnson.
Argenta feels lucky to be living at a time and place when musicians can openly explore links between different genres, notations, and musical forms in their quest for individual and collective expression. In the spirit of this exploration, Argenta recently began the certification process to become a Somatic Movement Educator, and is exciting to go down this path of linking the body to the music it makes.
Alexander Noice Sextet-avant-prog-jazz-minimalism
Accordant Commons (Co-founder)- new vocal chamber music
Ensemble Vocatrix- medieval music performance troupe
Angelhead (Co-founder)- medieval garageband