Batya MacAdam-Somer, Meghann Welsh, and Bonnie Lander - each accomplished musicians in the classical and folk scenes - have come together under the name The Bechdels to form a band that highlights their wide ranging interests and talents. The trio takes their name from the famed Bechdel Test, a simple feminist litmus test for literature and cinema which asks if at least two female characters ever hold their own conversation about something other than a man. The trio performs an eclectic mix of a cappella and self-accompanied harmony arrangements ranging from old time gospel and renaissance counterpoint to Tom Waits, Dolly Parton, and The Beach Boys (among others).
Voice, Violin, Double Bass
Bonnie Lander is a soprano based out of San Diego. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at UCSD in contemporary music performance. Largely an experimental performer, Bonnie has performed throughout the country as an improviser, classical soprano, and avant-garde performer.
Batya MacAdam-Somer began her college studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, at the age of sixteen, then went on to earn a BA from the Manhattan Scool of Music. Batya completed her MA and DMA at UCSD. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Summer Music Festival, International Festival Institute at Round Top, and the Bach Festival of Leipzig, Germany. Batya has also performed with Art of Elan, Glottalopticon, wild UP, Red Light, Foundation for Modern Music, TACTUS, and the New Music Collective.
Voice, Musical Saw
Meghann Welsh's creative work spans opera, country and blues, free improvisation, musical theater, and contemporary and baroque chamber music. When not singing, teaching, or playing music in some capacity, Meghann builds straw bale houses with the mom and pop company Simple Construct, and pursues her Ph.D. in Music with an emphasis in Integrative Studies and Vocal Performance from the University of California, San Diego.