Tracery is an ongoing and modular collaboration between composer Cassandra Miller and soprano Juliet Fraser. Resolutely process-led, sessions have explored a form of 'automatic singing' in which Juliet attempts a body scan meditation whilst simultaneously listening and responding to, vocally, a piece of source material. Source materials have primarily come from non-notated traditions and were chosen to reveal different immediacies in Juliet's voice: the first modules take as their starting point two Hardanger fiddle tunes, a movement from Ben Johnston's eighth string quartet and a song by the British all-female punk rock band The Slits. attending to a task (2018) may mark a new direction: this module features Juliet and Cassandra, both engaged in a Deep Listening exercise, the source material for which is a conversation between Robert Ashley and Pauline Oliveros. The project is producing several discrete but related pieces that set out to experiment with a performer's freedom and vulnerability on stage, rejecting traditional ideas of performativity and 'singerly-ness'.
To date, the modules are:
Tracery : Handanger (2017)
Tracery : Lazy, Rocking (2017)
Tracery : The Slits (2017)
Tracery : attending to a task (2018)
Tracery was commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, with development time supported by an Open Space residency at Snape Maltings.
Listen to Tracery : Lazy, Rocking
7 February 2017: Kammer Klang, Cafe Oto, London
9 February 2017: St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield
28 April 2017: Outer Ear series at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago
16 June 2017: The Exchange, Penzance
27 & 28 June 2017: The Chapel, Oxford House in Bethnal Green
21 September 2017: Klangspuren, Schwaz, Austria
17 April 2018: Bastard Assignments, Peckham Asylum, London