Voice(s), for soprano with tape/electronics, experiments with the multiple voices of a single performer, exploring the interior worlds of memory, personality, dream and transcendence. This is a project that I have developed and co-curated with the marvelous Soprano Juliet Fraser. It features some of my favourite music for voice and I’m looking forward to hearing it later in the year.
The programme features a new work by myself, called Scantlebury, which explores an audio diary process whereby new entries are roughly layered on top of old ones, and a new work for solo tape by Catherine Kontz. Alongside this are existing works: Scott Mc Laughlin’s Snowflake and Christopher Fox’s magnification. The programme concludes with Morton Feldman’s rarely performed Three Voices (1982), a tour de force setting words from Frank O’Hara’s poem Wind in which the singer performs one part live alongside two (of her own) pre-recorded voices.
Scantlebury was commissioned by Juliet Fraser and The Pound with funds from Arts Council England, the Hinrichsen Foundation and The RVW Trust. This piece was written especially for Juliet who will give the work its first performance on Friday 6 November 2015 at The Pound, Corsham. Scantlebury is dedicated to Juliet Fraser and to the memory of my Grandad, Gerald Scantlebury.
Juliet Fraser | soprano
Newton Armstrong | electronics
6 November 2015: The Pound, Corsham
7 November 2015: Upavon Village Hall
14 November 2015: Minety Village Hall
14 May 2016: Hepworth Art Gallery, Wakefield
18 May 2016: Union Chapel Bar, London
18 June 2016: Peninsula Arts, Plymouth