This year Lucy is collaborating with pianist Siwan Rhys on the American Songbook:
During a 2-part Snape Maltings residency Lucy and Siwan will rehearse and showcase new commissions by composers Laura Bowler and Christopher Mayo, reflecting on works by American women writers: A Damned Mob of Scribbling Women by Bowler will provide a kaleidoscopic vision of American society, using texts by writers including Elizabeth Stanton, Gertrude Stein, Gloria Steinham, Fanny Fern and Patti Smith to create a musical collage of life in America, both now and in the past. Canadian composer Christopher Mayo uses Mina Loy's essay Universal Food Machine to take us into a striking futuristic fantasy world, inhabited by strange new sounds and even stranger ceremonies. The new commissions will form the centrepiece of an American-themed recital programme containing works by Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, John Cage, Morton Feldman (including three UK premieres), Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, and extracts from British composer Michael Finnissy’s epic song cycle Whitman.
Performance dates are as follows:
13th August 6pm Open Session in Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
19th September 7.30pm in the Hurst Festival at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
6th October 7.30pm in the Brunel Tunnel Shaft, Rotherhithe, London
17th October 7.30pm in the MUSICON series in Durham University Music Department
31st October 7pm in the Performance Space, City University, London.
7th February 2018 12.30 at St Nicholas Church, Brighton.
A performance date at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester will hopefully also be announced soon...!
Lucy is hugely grateful to be supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Snape Maltings, the RVW Trust and the Hinrichsen Foundation.
The video below shows the first readings by Lucy and Siwan of some sketches by Laura Bowler during an R&D residency in Snape Maltings. Please use headphones or speakers to play the video below.