This concert is a complete performance of Juliet Fraser’s latest solo album (on Huddersfield Contemporary Records) – four pieces all composed for her spectacular voice with only the accompaniment of electronics. It includes a world premiere from Sivan Eldar (commissioned by Kettle’s Yard), which promises to be a crystalline soundscape from this fascinating Israeli composer, alongside recent works by Lisa Illean (Australia), Nomi Epstein (USA) and Lawrence Dunn (GB). Such an international collection of composers indicates the esteem in which Juliet is held throughout the world.
Followed by a Q&A session with Juliet and a CD signing
£12 (£5 full time students), booking recommended
Lisa Illean, A through-grown earth (15)
Sivan Eldar, World premier of a new work (10′)
Nomi Epstein, Collections for Juliet (16′)
Lawrence Dunn, While we are both (16’)
About Juliet Fraser
Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. She is an active commissioner of new music and has worked particularly closely with composers Rebecca Saunders, Bernhard Lang, Michael Finnissy, Matthew Shlomowitz and Cassandra Miller. She performs regularly as a guest soloist with contemporary music ensembles Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg, Remix, Plus-Minus and Talea, and is a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002. This season’s performance highlights include Gérard Grisey’s Quatre chants at the Berlin Philharmonie, Luca Francesconi’s Etymo II for Milano Musica, music by Naomi Pinnock and Heinz Holliger with Sonar Quartett at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and a brand-new work for voice and electronics by Rebecca Saunders for ManiFeste in Paris. Her performance at Kettle’s Yard celebrates the release of a new CD on Huddersfield Contemporary Records: collections for Juliet features four recent works for voice and tape written for Juliet by emerging-generation composers Lawrence Dunn, Sivan Eldar, Nomi Epstein and Lisa Illean. Other recordings include Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, Michael Finnissy’s Andersen-Liederkreis (both on Hat Hut), Bernhard Lang’s The Cold Trip, part 2 (Kairos) and a binaural recording of Milton Babbitt’s Philomel (all that dust). Juliet is the founder and artistic director of the eavesdropping series in London, and co-director with Mark Knoop and Newton Armstrong of all that dust, a new label for new music.