Stephanie Heidemann
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"NPR All Songs Considered"

"The Cantiga Project" was highlighted on NPR's "Open Mic" section of All Songs Considered in May 2007.

The Cantiga Project: 'Por Nos, Virgen Madre'

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Vocalist Stephanie Heidemann

Open Mic, May 17, 2007 · The Cantiga Project is the ancient choral music of singer Stephanie Heidemann, with spare instrumentation by guitarist Chris Rosser and percussionists River Guerguerian and Julian Douglas. Her self-titled, debut solo CD is a beautiful portrait of Spanish devotional music.

Heidemann's music is devotional in nature with haunting melodies drawing on influences from Indian Raga, Thirteenth Century Spanish music, and Eastern European folksong.

The Cantiga Project offers Heidemann's arrangements of King Alfonso X's 13th century Spanish "Cantigas de Santa Maria."

Heidemann has been performing Eastern European folksong, Indian Raga, American Gospel, Spanish Early Music and Chant since she was 20. She spent seven years touring with the world music vocal quartet VIDA before embarking on a solo career.

The title of the featured track, "Por Nos, Virgen Madre" is "Night's Horizon." - NPR

"Best Kept Secret of Sarasota"

"(Stephanie is)...the best kept secret of Sarasota!)
WSLR, Sarasota, FL
- WSLR Radio Sarasota

""Musica Antiqua""

"Gorgeous. I'm familiar with the Cantigas de Santa Maria, and I love your interpretations. Your singing is simply lovely and soulful -- really captures the
"miraculous" content of the songs."

WORT-FM 89.9 "Musica Antiqua" Madison, WI - Stephanie Essex-Elkins


1) "The Cantiga Project" (Early Music/World)

2) "VIDA" (World/ A cappella)

3) "In Bloom" (World /A Cappella)

4) "Your Voice Through Mine" (R&B/Singer-songwriter)



Stephanie has been performing nationally since 1994. Her international upbringing in South America, Australia and Europe exposed her at a young and influential age such that by age 20 the course of her music was brought into the dimension of World Music.

For seven years, she toured nationally with the robust World Music a cappella quartet, “VIDA”. Managed by NYC's IMG-Artists, they toured the U.S. extensively, gaining local and national attention from Industry Press such as Billboard Magazine. They received much attention for their Eastern European and S.African harmonies after auditioning for Paul Simon's "The Capeman".
They recorded two albums-”VIDA” and “In Bloom”.

For 11-years, Stephanie has collaborated with Modern Drummer's acclaimed percussionist Julian Douglas. Together, they form “The Resonance Project”- composing avant garde voice and percussion pieces, drawing from African, Afro-Cuban, Eastern European, Jazz and Early Music. Collectively, they have created an extremely unique voice and style all their own.

In June 2008, they will perform for His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sacchidananda Swamiji.
Their longtime-coming CD will be available Winter 2008.

In 2006, R&B Singer-songwriter Charles Gibson brought his vision to The Resonance Project for the collaboration and unfolding of music written after his brother's unfortunate death. After almost two years, they collectively bring their CD entitled: “Your Voice Through Mine”. (

Stephanie currently performs Early Spanish music, including 15c Sephardic and 13c Spanish “Cantigas de Santa Maria”. She has recorded a CD of this music entitled “The Cantiga Project”.
Stephanie performs these works with ensembles such as Asheville's acclaimed “Free Planet Radio” (World/Jazz fusion), blending Early Spanish music with Indian/middle-eastern innuendos.

Stephanie also performs with Los Angeles Composer/Concert Pianist Sergio Barer. Their concert series is entitled “Cantigas, Canciones y casi Canciones”- performing original pieces by Barer and piano/voice arrangements of Sephardic works.

Stephanie has shared the stage with NY's Metropolitan Opera highly acclaimed Mezzo, Brenda Boozer, whom she has studied with since 2004.