Dr. Gemma Turner is a singer, songwriter and voice educator who has had a broad singing career focussing on a cappella and world music vocal styles. She is best known for her work as a founding member and writer/arranger for the 90s all-women a cappella group Blindman’s Holiday, which was described as “the best a cappella group in Australia and one of the best in the world” (SMH). The band released three CDs and toured the world to critical acclaim.
Gemma is lead vocalist with The Transylvaniacs with whom she released two albums and toured Europe, singing Hungarian, Romanian and Roma repertoire. Additional musical forays include early music with Oxford-based Sinfonye, salsa band Banana Republic, Hungarian folk/jazz funk fusion with Jackie Orszacsky and Steve Reich’s Tehillim with the Seymour Group.
She received her research doctorate from Sydney University in 2011, focussing on body movement and its effect on intensity in contemporary popular voice.