Trace employs an interactive virtual score software system that composer Drake Andersen developed in collaboration with pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys especially for this performance. The software presents the performer with notated musical material that serves as a basis for improvisation. It is also responsive, balancing the duration of the performer’s improvised phrases with silences and the rest of the musical texture in real time. Kyle Gerry’s choreography enacts a parallel but largely independent process, resulting in a many-voiced texture.
The video above is taken from a live performance on November 18, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.