Husband and wife Michael Bunchman and Jessica Medoff are fast becoming one of the country’s finest musical duos bridging the gap and blurring the lines between classical, music theater, art song and popular music. As co-creators of three original cabarets, the pair has delighted audiences coast to coast with their unique blend of genres and their undeniable musical chemistry. Both classically trained, the couple met while studying music at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
First Place Winner of the 2010 Shreveport Singer of the Year competition, Jessica defines the Renaissance woman in music throughout all genres; Critic Jon Sobel says “Jessica Medoff is perfectly spectacular – If she doesn’t have a fan club, someone should start one.” In addition to singing leading roles in Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Suor Angelica, Carmen, The Merry Widow, and the soprano solos in Verdi’s Requiem, she has performed impressive turns in more adventurous repertoire including Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. On the musical theater stage she has been seen as Maria in The Sound of Music, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Nancy in Oliver! and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.
Highlights of Michael’s solo career include performances with the Ridgefield Symphony, the Antara Ensemble of New York City, the Aspen Music Festival chamber series, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. In addition to his solo career, Michael is an avid collaborator and is currently recording a disc of French mélodies with Metropolitan Opera flutist Harold Jones.
As a pair, Jessica and Michael continue to impress audiences throughout the United States with their style, charm and commitment to text and music. Says Jon Sobel, “One remarkable thing about [the duo] is the two performers’ seamless connection; it’s as if they can read each others’ minds, piano and voice flowing together in perfect sympathy. This makes just about any song they perform something more than the sum of its parts.”