Composer and singer on Yo-Yo Ma’s 2017 GRAMMY-winning “Best World Music Album”, Small’s work spans genre from musical composition, to film directing and acting, multidisciplinary performance, to still photography and a cappella singing,
with a vocal specialty in Bulgarian folksong, which she performs with her Balkan a cappella trio, Black Sea Hotel.

Thirteen years in the making, Secondary Dominance (a contemporary Balkan-influenced hybrid of densely-layered vocals with electronic, industrial rock, and acoustic winds and strings) will release its first record February 2018. Prior to the record’s release, the music has debuted January 2017 as a staged performance in New York City’s HERE Arts Center’s PROTOTYPE Festival, garnering tribute from notable publications including The Wall Street Journal.

Small’s Tableaux Vivants are a performative incarnation of her internationally-awarded still photography series,
The Delirium Constructions, which was conceived in 2003. In 2011, Small created a 120-participant Tableau Vivant of The Delirium Constructions, collecting praise from The Washington Post and The New York Times; performance documentation has received 2 million+ views.

Small has written musical works that have been recorded with Yo-Yo Ma and performed by Kronos Quartet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She has been published in The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, LIFE Magazine, Indiewire, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, NPR’s “New Sounds”, PRI, The Wall Street Journal, and has exhibited photography throughout six continents.

In 2014, Small was described as “a revelation (noted to have) the best screen performance at the Berlinale” for her film acting debut in Josephine Decker’s psychological thriller film, "Butter on the Latch”. The film made The New Yorker’s “10 Best Movies of 2014” and has since screened 100+ festivals worldwide. Small is temporarily living in Oakland, CA, where she's prepping to publicly release Secondary Dominance next month, writing a concerto for two cellos and orchestra, creating a video game music reel, and recording her forthcoming album, Universal Sound Array Banner. 


Small was born in 1979 into a family of musicians, writers, and psychoanalysts. She spent her young childhood concocting gibberish sounds and songs around the house, dancing, fencing, playing cello, and performing in musicals her mom wrote for her and her friends. She became enraptured by photography when she was thirteen. As guided by her high school photography teacher and mentor, Karen Keating, Small spent her high school years photographing her close friends and her younger red-headed sister, Rachel, wandering the streets of her hometown, Washington DC, equipped with her Pentax K1000. Small graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 with a BA in photography, after which she moved to a tree-lined street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the day before September 11th. She has resided in the same location since. Bunny and January, her two street kitties, are heaven.