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Artists Cassandra Miller

Cassandra Miller (1976) is a Canadian composer living in London, UK, and is Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her notated compositions (About Bach, Duet for Cello and Orchestra, Philip the Wanderer, etc.) explore transcription as a creative process, through which the expressive vocal qualities of pre-existing music are both magnified and transfigured. Her non-notated compositions (So Close, Tracery) take the form of extended collaborations with solo musicians. Using an approach that combines automatic singing and mimicry, Miller creates vulnerable and hospitable spaces for deep listening.

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Cassandra Miller

Metchosin (British Columbia, Canada), 1976

Residence: London (England, UK)

  • Composer

On the web

Cassandra Miller [Photo: Andrew Parker]
Cassandra Miller [Photo: Andrew Parker]
  • Cassandra Miller [Photo: Emrys Miller, 2011]
  • Cassandra Miller [2009]
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  • Cassandra Miller [Montréal (Québec)]

Main releases

Another Timbre / AT 129 / 2018

Appearances

Collection QB / CQB 1113 / 2011

In the press

Along the grain: the music of Cassandra Miller

James Weeks, Tempo, no. 68:269, July 1, 2014

… performing Miller’s music one is aware of how attuned she is to the grain of music’s constituent elements, to their natural way of being or growing: to the grain of pitch, which is the harmonic series; to the grain of rhythm, which is pulse; to the grain of each instrument and voice, which is their open, tensionless sounding; to the grain of expression, which is giving; to the grain of time, which is endless continuation; to the grain of energy, which is entropy. These she works along or cuts across more or less obliquely to create the tensions that support the music. One might almost say that, as much as any composer working today, these grains are her materials: the complexity and richness of her finest work reacquaints us with these fundamentals in a way that does indeed allow us to hear and feel in new ways.

… performing Miller’s music one is aware of how attuned she is to the grain of music’s constituent elements…

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