Jill Tracy featured on NPR’s “Hearts of Space”
Exciting news! “Hearts of Space” (National Public Radio) is showcasing Jill Tracy’s new releases on this week’s episode, “SCORPIANO: a darktime excursion for ambient piano” PGM 1265 (Nov, 13, 2020) Check your local NPR radio schedules or LISTEN ONLINE HERE.
A review of Jill Tracy’s latest releases from Hearts of Space host/producer Stephen Hill:
JILL TRACY EPs:
THE DARK DAY, EVOCATIONS OF THE MOON,
SECLUSION 22, WHISPERS BEHIND THE GLASS
Contemplative piano meditations for “uncertain times”
from San Francisco’s queen of dark melancholy, Jill Tracy.
“Singers get all the attention, and often their musical talent goes unremarked. Jill Tracy has long been celebrated as an original singer and spinner of dark tales inspired by Gothic and Romantic literature. In the Covid era, months of enforced solitude and widespread anxiety called for something different: simpler, more therapeutic, and more responsive to the zeitgeist.
What emerged is a new group of contemplative instrumentals for solo piano. In a pure exercise of artistic power, she has imbued these pieces with the character and atmosphere of her fully produced songs.
Superior artists don’t need complexity. They can move you with just their presence and an instrument, which she plays here with subtle shadings of tempo and dynamics, and sophisticated dissonant harmonies.
Let us pray for the pandemic to end, and for Jill Tracy to continue to create these sublime piano instrumentals.”
Purchase these titles with your donations exclusively on Bandcamp at THIS LINK. Your support is immensely appreciated during this difficult time.
Direct donations can also be made via Venmo: Jill Tracy (jilltracymusic)
PayPal or Zelle: suspect (at) jilltracy dot com.
Please Purchase the New EP “The Dark Day”
and Help Victims of California Wildfires
“The Dark Day” was recorded amidst charcoal tangerine skies, the strange day in San Francisco when there was no sun due to toxic smoke from a multitude of wildfires burning throughout the state, and still burning.
Partial proceeds from this EP will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to help victims so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.
Chilling, intense and beautiful, “The Dark Day” transports you into this frightful melancholy and otherworldly environment with only a piano.
Jill Tracy explains “This is the most intimate thing I can share with an audience. You are able to be right there with me, transported sonically right into those chilling, somber, but strangely beautiful moments. This surreal day of life practically on another planet.”
Read the entire personal story of “The Dark Day’s” creation on Jill Tracy’s Bandcamp Page.
This EP comes out October 2 as a Bandcamp exclusive to provide donations for wildfire relief and to support Jill Tracy during this time in lockdown. Your donations are vital! Thank you so much.
Purchase “The Dark Day” by clicking HERE.
Two New Dark Piano Pieces Unveiled:
“Seclusion 22” and “Whispers Behind the Glass”
Join me July 3 to unveil “Seclusion 22” and “Whispers Behind the Glass.” I daresay these are already two of my FAVORITE pieces of all time! They are brooding, dissonant, yet elegant (my trademark)— capturing the mood of our unsettling new existence.
Wonderful news! Bandcamp is again waiving its revenue share to help independent musicians, so please purchase on July 3 (12am-11:59pm) along with any of my other titles, and all proceeds will go directly to help me and other artists survive these financially troubled times.
Come listen, and purchase the music with your donation.
CLICK HERE for the link.
These are strange and surreal new times…
Months into the coronavirus lockdown, the constant “shelter-in-place” has inflicted an unprecedented uncertainty, disillusionment, fear, paranoia, and melancholy.
“Seclusion 22” and “Whispers Behind the Glass” are dark piano pieces (I recorded late at night in self-isolation) evoking the confinement, desolation, madness, and erotic longing.
We have been forced to create our own secret, secluded new worlds.
This is your lush accompaniment. Your own Night Music.
“Jill Tracy is the Queen of taking her listeners into another realm”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Jill Tracy creates an elegant netherworld both seductive and terrifying.”
New EP is Out! “Evocations of The Moon”
Even in these seemingly darkest of times, I’m elated to share my new music with you.
A bit of medicine for the madness…
“Evocations of The Moon” are beautiful, spontaneous piano pieces utilizing specific lunar and planetary frequencies to boost healing, clarity, good physical and mental health.
These pieces were all recorded during the coronavirus lockdown, in isolation alone in my San Francisco apartment—on the night of the Super Moon.
These pieces became sonic spells, keeping me sane and comforted during this crisis.
How intense to be able to offer you some of my Moon magic now— to manifest into your very own. It is much needed portal out of our current troubled world.
I hope you are healthy, in good spirits, finding peace as best you can away from the chaos. I am honored to let this music transport you there…
Your purchase TODAY helps support me during this time of financial limbo for artists. Thank you.
A Love Letter From Isolation…
It’s been wonderful hearing from so many of you as I am currently in lockdown in my San Francisco apartment. Such a strange and surreal time in the world. And YES, all of my music gigs and events have been cancelled indefinitely.
As many in the performing arts, my income has ceased. My album release and tour this summer is not happening now, which was going to be the bulk of my income for the year.
If you enjoy my work, and are inspired to donate, it helps me greatly during this time in limbo. Any amount is appreciated!
Donations can be made via Venmo to Jill Tracy (jilltracymusic), or PayPal and Zelle to the email address: suspect (at) jilltracy dot com.
Many of you are feeling restless, and unsure of how to be spending this sudden, imposed down time. From a recent post on Instagram, I replied that there is no clear cut correctness…
Whatever makes you feel soothed and content in the moment is the right thing. This is not a time to harshly judge yourself (or others.) Everyone’s needs right now will be different. And your only responsibility is to yourself.
I have been hearing from so many who are adding even more stress and anxiety to this terrifying time, being overly critical of themselves—pressure to be hyper-crazy productive during this newfound “time.” “Finish that novel, compose a new album, workout 3 hours a day, learn a new language, master a new skill, redesign a website, do live stream concerts, monetize a new idea, research a new project, clean every closet and drawer, or attend or host every Zoom meeting under the sun, etc.
This is ridiculous. Our only true goal here is keeping ourselves healthy (mentally and physically) to avoid catching or spreading a potentially deadly disease! Take it easy on yourself.
If you are feeling joy, comfort and inspiration from an action, then by all means, go for it! But instead, if it feels like you’re pushing yourself, forcing and dreading it, causing depression or negativity, stop it!
Only do what feels good. So YES— binge watch those shows and movies, read books, take walks (keeping distance,) sleep in, take naps, chat with friends on the phone, drink wine, sing and play music, dance, take candlelight baths. Get on or OFF social media. Turn your damn phone off!! Don’t apologize for anything! (Last night, I just wanted dark chocolate and Campari for dinner, watched an old movie, did not answer the phone, and it was magnificent!)
Trust your gut above all else and you can’t get it wrong. There has never been a better time to take charge, refocus, take care of yourself. We will all come out of this the better. ♥️
Jill Tracy at ShadowDance 2019, November 16, San Francisco
Jill Tracy is collaborating on an exquisite, dark lamentation with the astounding Kandroma for ShadowDance 2019.
Indulge in an evening of elegant disarray, dark fairytales, and some not too fairytale like at all…featuring some of the best performance artists, musicians and DJs from the Bay Area and around the world. Celebrating Year 13 of this acclaimed collective show.
November 16 at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre. Doors 6pm, Show 7pm. Advance tickets please.
Tickets and Info HERE.
Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer: A Musical Summoning
November 21, San Francisco
Known for their dark lavish solo works, and chilling spontaneous duets on piano and violin, Jill Tracy and Atlanta-based Paul Mercer reunite after two years for this very special evening of their signature musical summoning— Nov 21 at The Lost Church in San Francisco. ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Advance tickets suggested. $17 adv/ $20 at the door.
Limited seating. This will sell out. Get your TICKETS HERE NOW.
(photo by Libby Bulloff)
Jill Tracy Opens for Peter Murphy- New York City Residency: Aug 2, 3, 5, 8
After joining him for several West Coast shows, Jill Tracy is thrilled to have been asked by Peter Murphy to open for his historical New York City residency at Le Poisson Rouge.
The “Godfather of Goth” and founder of the legendary English post-punk band Bauhaus will be performing legendary albums each night in their entirety. Don’t miss history in the making!
Jill Tracy will open on Aug 2 for “Should the World Fail to Fall Apart,” Aug 3 for “Love Hysteria,” Aug 5 for “Deep,” and Aug 8 for “Holy Smoke.”
Tickets now available at the Le Poisson Rouge website.
(photo by Audrey Penven)
Jill Tracy’s Sonic Séance Returns to the Ancient Redwoods
in San Francisco’s Botanical Garden— July 18 and 20, 2019
By popular demand, Jill Tracy returns with her acclaimed Sonic Séance for TWO nights this year as part of Flower Piano at Night in San Francisco Botanical Garden. July 18 and 20.
The Sonic Séance is Jill Tracy’s singular approach to “sonic archeology,” using the energy, frequency, resonant tones, and emotion of an environment to uncover spontaneous music.
What is the Sonic Séance? Learn more about it HERE.
“There has been nothing more moving than performing my signature Sonic Séance at night at a piano under the stars.” explains Jill Tracy. “Last year, thousands of you came into the Ancient Redwoods and we conjured music in darkness, amidst those magnificent trees. I am honored to accompany you into the woods for TWO nights this year! What secrets will be revealed to us deep in the woods, deep in our souls? Together we’ll tune in, and uncover the night’s hidden score.”
Stroll throughout the magical gardens, along beautifully lit pathways, and enjoy performances by Sunset Piano All-Stars in various locations. Food and drink is served. Jill Tracy will be holding court with her Sonic Séance all night in the Redwoods on July 18 and 20th ONLY so make sure your ticket is for the correct night. This sold out last year quickly— so get your TICKETS NOW!
(Photos of Jill Tracy’s Sonic Séance by David Allen)
Want to experience your own audio exploration? Have an unusual location to suggest?
Invite Jill Tracy to perform her Sonic Séance, or book a lecture about her fascinating experiences mingling the spiritual, science, and sound.
Inquire by email.
Your DONATIONS to help fund these and future projects are always welcome and extremely appreciated.