Tracery (2017)

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. 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, they are:

Tracery : Handanger 

Tracery : Lazy, Rocking

Tracery : The Slits 


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: Kammer Klang, Cafe Oto, London (Hardanger)

9 February: St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield (Hardanger)

28 April: Outer Ear series at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago

(HardangerLazy, Rocking; The Slits)

16 June: The Exchange, Penzance (HardangerLazy, Rocking; The Slits)

27 & 28 June: The Chapel, Oxford House in Bethnal Green (HardangerLazy, RockingThe Slits)


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