Principal performers in Dada Divas

Jacqueline Bobak is a singer, educator, and composer committed to creating, interpreting, and teaching adventurous music made with and for the voice. She has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, conducted research in experimental music and art, collaborated with numerous composers, and taught since 1991 at the California Institute of the Arts. Her repertoire ranges from the traditional to the avant-garde, with most of her work focusing on new and emerging pieces, including many composed for her. For over two decades she has been an active and critically acclaimed performer in the Los Angeles area, and has recently begun to combine performing with her research and compositional interests as the creator of Dada Divas.


Photos by Anaïs

Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a creative performer, interpreter of contemporary music, improviser, and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces. She has intensely explored the capacities of her voice, developing a wide range of techniques that she applies not only to her performance and creative practice but also to investigating radical concepts of the voice. She has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Central America, including in contemporary opera. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, she was recently proclaimed one of the top ten artists, in all categories, to watch in Mexico.

Soprano and sound artist Micaela Tobin specializes in contemporary opera, recently performing with the acclaimed Los Angeles-based experimental company The Industry in its groundbreaking production Hopscotch—a mobile opera for 24 cars. Her recent credits also include the west coast premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World at the Ojai Festival, and as a soprano soloist alongside Annette Bening in Medea at UCLALive. She has developed her own experimental music project titled White Boy Scream, in which she dissects her operatic singing through electronic effects and noise. Recently she also co-composed Unseal Unseam, an electroacoustic opera, which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.