JULIET FRASER | soprano
2016 has been a whirlwind of new adventures — and we're not yet half-way through! 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 given two performances of Milton Babbitt's Philomel (the first broadcast on BBC R3's 'Hear and Now' on 7 May), a demanding and eccentric piece with which I have fallen totally in love. 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) and for Peninsular Arts at Plymouth University.
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 a performance at The Exchange, Penzance, in June.
Forthcoming highlights in the 2016/17 season include the first performance of Michael Finnissy's Andersen-Liederkreis with Mark Knoop at TRANSIT Festival, and a new work for soprano and ensemble by Rebecca Saunders with Klangforum Wien at Donaueschinger Musiktage and hcmf//, and with Ensemble Remix at Casa da Música Porto.
This year I am wonderfully supported by an Open Space residency. I will be enjoying precious pockets of time 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 made 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 have reprised Gérard Pesson's Cantate égale pays with Parisian ensemble L'Instant Donné in Witten and Paris.
Other projects include an outing for Christopher Fox's Catalogue irraisonné at Kammer Klang, and a showcase of new works as part of City University's Summer Sounds. At the end of the summer, we will be heading off to Royaumont for an extended stay during which we will be doing a series of workshops and performances as part of the Académie Voix nouvelles.