Canto de Todes

Dorian Wood seeks to glorify both the sanctity and irreverence of intimacy.

Artist Bio

Emphasizing the urgency of folk music as a vessel for social change, Dorian Wood’s Canto de Todes is a genre-defying canon of songs arriving in the form of a printed anthology, a recorded album, and a long-durational touring spatial experience.

Award Year

In Progress

2021 Artist Retreat Presentation

A bare-chested brown creature with a shaved head, wearing long white tassel earrings while radiating severe beauty and staring serenely to their right

Dorian Wood

Los Angeles, CA

Dorian Wood seeks to glorify both the sanctity and irreverence of intimacy. Through the use of their corpulent body and booming voice, Wood revels in challenging the artist-audience separation, using subject matter informed by their own position in society as a nonbinary person of color and an autodidact. Their work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, including at such institutions as The Broad, REDCAT, The Stone, MASS Gallery, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, and Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. As a musician, they have released over a dozen recordings, among them two back-to-back albums, Rattle Rattle and Down, The Dirty Roof, showcasing a series of doomsday-themed songs that incorporate over 60 musicians. Their album, XALÁ, marks the first time that Wood has recorded a full-length work in their mother tongue of Spanish. Wood’s Chavela Vargas tribute project XAVELA LUX AETERNA debuted at the Festival de Arte Sacro in Madrid.