This Polish-born singer has various facets in her career. She seamlessly bridges the gap between avant-garde and classical music, and from what we’ve been able to hear she is equally comfortable in either style, whether singing in front of a symphony orchestra or a cacophony of sounds—Zubel’s YouTube clips show her belting out tunes like Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Chopin with the same enthusiasm that she does more contemporary material.
Also an awarded composer in her own right, Zubel premiered her 2nd Symphony during the Beethoven Festival in Bonn in 2005, and she has since been commissioned to do several other contemporary works. She has released various albums throughout her career, the latest being “Cascando,” a piece seemingly inspired by the tango of Astor Piazzolla, but being this modern music, don’t expect to feel the urge to dance to this. Zubel is also a music professor, and she holds a teaching position in her alma mater, Wroclaw University (Ernest Barteldes)
Zubel is half of Contempo’s Double Bill: European Connections, March 1 at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777; 7:30pm. $ 10-$25.