Content to Reform
Isabel's recent performances and collaborations include Asheville Percussion Festival, Free Planet Radio, Asheville Symphony, Diane Cluck, Stephanie Morgan, Ryan Oslance, Talking with Trees Ensemble, and Poet Tracey Schmidt. Past collaborations include Alula, The Bell Cycle, Diane Cluck, Chants Libre Opera (Montreal), Asheville Lyric Opera, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon), Rima Fand, Shamash Ensemble, Falu, Deep Singh, and Sonya Kitchell.
Isabel has toured domestically and internationally with various artists including Diane Cluck, CocoRosie, Arijit Singh, Alula, The Bell Cycle, Manu Delago, Mivos Quartet, J.G. Thirlwell, Rima Fand, ChantsLibres, Ned Rothenberg, Sasha Siem, Tori Ensemble, Copal, Mark Kozelek, Timucin Sahin, Katie Mullins, Marc Farre, Labyrinth Dance, Parul Shah Dance, Beth Nielsen Chapman, ThingNY and more.
In the past few years she has been increasingly involved with dance and theater productions including NC Stage Theater Co., Playmakers Theater Co, and Williams College Theater. She has composed music to choreography by Parul Shah (NYC), Shaleigh Comerford (NC), and Labyrinth Dance Co (NYC). She was a founding member of the Mivos Quartet, an acclaimed contemporary string quartet, with whom she spent four years performing, touring and teaching with internationally. In the genre of contemporary classical music she has collaborated with many composers developing and performing new works and premiering hundreds of compositions.
Diane Cluck and Isabel had a wonderful collaboration for a couple of years and played about 100 shows together. Diane's songwriting and voice are beautiful and captivating. Here is an acapella song, Petite Roses by Diane Cluck performed at David Garland's 25th Anniversary of the radio show Spinning on Air, NYC.
Content to Reform is on Diane Cluck's album, Boneset which has Isabbel's cello playing weaving throughout her songs.
Rosalie Und Wanda - Andalusia
Arrangements for cello, tabla, chorus vocals, and classical guitar
Alya Al-Sultani & the Shamash Ensemble
Traditional Iraqi Folk Songs and Jazz Songs by Alya Marquardt
"You'll Find Me at the End of the Haul"
Performed and composed by Isabel Castellvi
Video taken as part of a series titled 'Asheville Plays Well With Others'
"Everything Rises, Everything Falls, by Isabel Castellvi"
Written for Mivos Quartet in 2011. This is a live performance of the piece when I was a member of the ensemble.
Music For Dance:
Labyrinth Dance Theater - "The Promise of Rest"
Original Music Composed By Isabel Castellvi for violin, cello and French Horn
Parul Shah Dance Company - "All That’s In Between (Can’t Trust the Bols)"
Original music by Isabel Castellvi, Lana Cencic and Narendra Budhakar
Shaleigh Dance Works - "Dedicated To  Because of  (And Vice Versa)"
Original Music By Isabel Castellvi (cello) and Randall Love (piano)
Contemporary Classical Music:
ThingNY Ensemble - "ADDDDDDDDD"
A collaborative composed experimental Opera
Focus. The composers of thingNY will tell you stories, sing you songs, scream in your face, try to sell you stuff and rant recklessly to themselves, filling your ears with the sweet sounds of excess. This new experimental opera by NYC’s freshest avant-garde band highlights the everyday excesses of our lives (workaholism, the thrill of consumption, the joys of gluttony, the elation of libation) and turns them into a suite of attention-deficient songs, monologues and infomercials.
For years, new music ensemble thingNY has fused fluxus-esque experimentation with theatrically-charged chamber music. For its first album, this “creative new music cabal” [Time Out New York] has chosen to release a comic book + CD package of their experimental opera, ADDDDDDDDD.
All tracks written by thingNY. thingNY is:
Isabel Castellvi (voice, cello), Andrew Livingston (voice, bass, electronics), Paul Pinto (voice, keyboard, drums), Erin Rogers (voice, saxophone), Jeffrey Young (voice, violin)