Elaine Mitchener is an experimental vocalist and movement artist whose work encompasses improvisation, contemporary composition, sound art, music theatre, physical theatre and performance art.
She currently studies with Jacqueline Bremar.
She has performed at numerous UK and European festivals, venues and galleries including the 56th Venice Biennale, Bluecoat (Liverpool), earsthetic (Brighton), Hepworth (Wakefield), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, La Monnaie (Brussels), Muziektheater Transparant (Antwerp), Weserburg MOMA (Bremen), Wysing Arts, and in London at Block Universe, Café Oto, London Contemporary Music Festival, White Cube and Whitechapel Gallery.
She has worked and performed in a wide variety of contexts with many leading musicians, composers, directors and visual artists, more recently: Apartment House, Irvine Arditti, Van Huynh Co, Sam Belinfante, Steve Beresford, Brodsky Quartet, John Butcher, Attila Csihar, Alexander Hawkins, Rolf Hind, George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, The Otolith Group, Evan Parker, Alasdair Roberts, Deborah Warner, Jason Yarde.
She is co-founder of experimental jazz quartet the Hawkins/Mitchener Quartet, whose debut album UpRoot was launched in November 2017.
Recent and forthcoming performances include IRMA by Tom Phillips RA (dir. Netia Jones), a selection of songs by Julius Eastman both with Apartment House in Poland, the premiere of her own work SWEET TOOTH in partnership with Bluecoat, Stuart Hall Foundation and International Slavery Museum, performances at London Contemporary Music Festival.
In June 2018 Elaine makes her ROH debut in The Cave by Tansy Davies, with libretto by Nick Drake, with tenor Mark Padmore, commissioned by London Sinfonietta in association with the Royal Opera House.