musician. composer. Writer.
Biddy Healey is a vocalist, cellist, cavaquinho player (a small Brazilian guitar), composer and writer. Her music is best described as contemporary chamber jazz, with deep roots in songwriting. It’s Rickie Lee Jones meeting Arvo Pärt in the desert. It’s Suzanne Vega having coffee with Bartok in the Village. It’s Björk drinking whisky with Jobim.
Biddy's upcoming solo album features sounds from her old home of Brooklyn, NY, new home of the Sonoran desert, Phoenix, and the beach town in Australia where she grew up. Past projects include art pop band Odie Ida, which released a self-titled EP in 2016 (available on bandcamp).
Biddy’s awards for music include the John Gaitskell Memorial Mensa Prize, the Phillip Law Scholarship for Innovation, and the Marion Thomas Award for jazz performance. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) from the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, studied cavaquinho and percussion in Brazil, and shamisen in Japan, and has performed across Europe and the US.
Biddy has a master’s degree in Education Policy from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She works at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, working with communities co-create solutions to some of our greatest challenges, putting the resources of the university behind ending homelessness and mass incarceration.