Molly Pease is an eclectic LA-based singer, composer and improviser with experience in a wide range of musical styles including folk, jazz, classical, opera, experimental, contemporary, and improvisatory music. Molly is an avid explorer of extended vocal sounds, in both her performance and composition. She leads experimental rock project ACKLAND and also creates works for voices, strings and other combinations. Her compositions have been performed at venues such as The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Non de Gen and Monk Space.
An experienced solo vocalist and improviser, Molly recently performed as a featured soloist at REDCAT and completed a U.S. tour throughout the Midwest and East Coast with experimental pop quartet Italian Soda. Molly has performed in experimental theatrical productions such as Gifts of the Spirit with Ron Athey and Katy Cruel with Overtone Industries.
Molly is also a skilled studio singer, and recently released her self-produced debut album “ACKLAND”, recorded at California Institute of the Arts with Grammy-award-winning engineer, John Baffa. She has also recorded at Capitol Records with another Grammy-winning engineer Charlie Paakkari, as well as three albums with the American River College (ARC) Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Paradise Studios in Sacramento - two of which won Downbeat Awards.
As a vocal ensemble singer, Molly sings with Tonality, is a member of the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, is a section leader and soloist at First Congregational Church of LA, and is part of the all-women Georgian polyphony ensemble Shvidkala. Molly performed at the 2011 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans with the ARC Vocal Jazz Ensemble and at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Chicago with contemporary choir Vox Musica.
Also an experienced educator, Molly has taught private voice lessons in Los Angeles, New York and Sacramento since 2008. Each summer, she coaches young vocalists at Sacramento Teagarden Jazz Camp along with some of the finest traditional jazz players in the country.
Molly recently completed her MFA in Jazz Studies at California Institute of the Arts, and received her BFA at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Throughout Molly’s musical education, she has studied with such profound teachers as vocalist and new-music composer Theo Bleckmann, pianist and composer David Roitstein, composer and conductor Marc Lowenstein, experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar, jazz singer-songwriter Alicia Olatuja, arranger Kirk Nurock, and many others.