JULIET FRASER | soprano
Recent highlights include giving the world premiere of a new song cycle I commissioned from Bernhard Lang, The Cold Trip, part II, at MaerzMusik (Berlin) with Mark Knoop, a reprisal of Eva Reiter's The Lichtenberg Figures in Ghent with ICTUS, and a programme of Polansky, Vuille and Lang (DW16 Songbook) for the Sampler Series in Barcelona with We Spoke: New Music Company. I've also very much enjoyed getting to know Milton Babbitt's Philomel which I perform twice this year (and will be broadcast on BBC R3's 'Hear and Now' on 7 May). In early music, I'm delighted to be doing a series of performances of Bach Cantatas with Gli Angeli Genève.
Voice(s), an evolving solo programme for voice and tape/electronics, continues with performances through the early summer at The Hepworth Wakefield, Union Chapel Bar (London), The Exchange in Penzance and Peninsular Arts, Plymouth. (NB Sage Gateshead on 5 May has been CANCELLED.)
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of 81 sponsors, my version of Morton Feldman's Three Voices will soon be available on CD. We finished recording at the end of October and the disc is scheduled for commercial release on HatHut Records in June 2016. Keep an eye out here for news of a London launch, or you can catch an earlier performance for Oxford Contemporary Music in April.
I'm currently supported by an Open Space residency, so am enjoying precious pockets of time during the year up at Aldeburgh developing, learning and recording new repertoire, and eating chips.
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EXAUDI celebrated the birthday of long-time friend and collaborator Michael Finnissy by performing Cipriano and Tom Fool's Wooing as part of a weekend of events at Milton Court. We also make our début at St John's Smith Square with a programme for Principal Sound Festival that includes works by Jürg Frey and Cassandra Miller, and reprise Gérard Pesson's Cantate égale pays with Parisian ensemble L'Instant Donné in Witten and Paris.