a new music video by Outcalls and UrbanArias
featured on the holiday album
watch the hour-long holiday video album on Aïris for $15
STREAMING from December 2, 2022
UrbanArias has commissioned Baltimore-based Outcalls (starring UA favorites Melissa Wimbish and Britt Olsen-Ecker) to write a holiday song, Holiday Ex-Lover.
This project is a collaboration with the award-winning Decameron Opera Coalition – a group of “indie” opera companies from across the country who have participated in a yearly digital opera project since 2020.
With eight newly-commissioned songs, and a series of connecting skits featuring tipsy carolers, the DOC has assembled a witty and fun take on holiday madness.
UrbanArias’ contribution is a pop/opera song by Outcalls, with a slow, seductive beat. And who needs a traditional holiday song when you can tell a story about the dudes you dated and dumped in December instead??
Filmed by Jabari Jefferson of Mass Comm Guru Productions
Roxane Wehking, guitars
Justin Kruger, drums
and Rosanna Butterfield, cello
Produced by Robert Wood and UrbanArias
Production Direction and Art by Jess Rassp
This project was supported, in part, by the Arlington Arts Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Led by Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, Outcalls uses operatic influence to create pop music that refreshes and refines the structures of songwriting. The vocal power and performance prowess of this collaborative duo summons legends like Kate Bush, Donna Summer, Carole King, and Diana Ross.
Outcalls has toured throughout the United States and Canada. They have opened for national acts such as Wolf Parade, Chicano Batman, Khruangbin, Robyn Hitchcock, and Y La Bamba. Their 2018 single “Keep Falling Over” was voted the #1 Song of 2018 by 89.7 WTMD radio listeners. “A unique style of genre-defying music… Outcalls is a sight to behold.” -Earmilk
Genevieve de Mahy is an multi-disciplinary artist working in theatre and live performance, video, and audio storytelling. She works primarily as a director, performer, writer, and interviewer. Through interviews and facilitating workshops in story sharing and other theatrical mediums, she cultivates connectivity between and within communities. She is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore, MD and mother of two.