There is a folk-like charm to Treacher’s floating sung melodies,
which form and dissipate like passing thoughts...
They are part of a sound world gleaned from an elemental instrumental palette, sonic gestures that combine in more sculptural form than temporal...
_ The Scotsman
Based between the UK and the moon, Lucie Treacher is a composer and artist creating interactive sound experiences, both digital and theatrical, virtual and real. Her work is characterised by quirky and highly textural sound worlds, playfully woven together into multi-disciplinary work _ merging performance, film, theatre and community arts. Being raised by the sea in the Scottish Highlands means that landscape and natural forms inspire a lot of her creative projects.
As a composer Lucie has been involved in a spectrum of projects, taking her from experimental, improvisatory realms to video games and to opera. She has created music for orchestras such as the Chroma ensemble ('Moonlight'), Multi-Story Orchestra ('Snow') and the City of London Sinfonia ('Washing Machine Concerto'). These projects have involved collaborations with writers such as Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat) with whom Lucie created two pop up operas for the Tete a Tete festival, Kings Cross. Lucie has created work for the Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Timespan, the Lillie Gallery, the Saatchi gallery, Cadogan Hall, St Martin’s in the fields and Buckingham Palace as well as for lighthouses, subterranean caves, bathrooms and beaches. Lucie is one of Sound and Music's Composer-Curators for 2019/2020 and is currently working on a commission for Scottish Opera.
Lucie grew up in rural North of Scotland in a family of musicians, writers, artists and ocean cartographers. She wrote her first song on the A9 in the back of a Nissan Micra at the age of ten. She studied as a teenager at the Purcell School of Music in London where she was taught by Harris Kittos of the Royal College of Music and composer Joseph Phibbs. She then went on to do her degree in Ethnomusicology at SOAS and trained in tightrope walking at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Her work is informed by the cross-cultural exchanges and traditions that she has researched and learnt about in her degree, and she has collaborated closely with artists, dancers and musicians from across the world. Lucie plays lots of instruments from the unique Swedish nyckelharpa to Balinese Gamelan and musical saw, and has collaborated as an instrumentalist with artists from the Lydian Collective to Sarathy Kowar, playing at festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Green Man, Wales. Lucie has more recently begun making music for video games, films and animation. She contributed music to the new Netflix film 'Outlaw King' and has worked with Indian composer A R Rahman in projects in Bollywood, Mumbai. Lucie has a Masters in Scoring for Film and Video Games at Berklee's Valencia campus.
As an actor and performer Lucie has been involved in a number of immersive theatrical experiences from acting as a kooky fortune teller for a pop-up show at Glastonbury to working for the enigmatic Secret Cinema. In 2018 Lucie acted in NeverLand, an immersive production by the Guild of Misrule (creators of The Great Gatsby), which ran for the whole of the Vaults festival 2018 in London and in a puppet show at Norwich Puppet Theatre called 'Factory of Broken Dreams' by Hocus Pocus Theatre. Lucie also runs the International Archive of Dreams, an archive and museum which invites people to record and document their dreams and learn about dreaming as well as using this bank of dreams to create surreal theatre narratives. This year Lucie is combining her music with immersive theatre in an installation project in the Highlands called 'Bones + Stars', funded by Creative Scotland and Sound and Music, in which she will take over a lighthouse and nature reserve with animator Saskia Tomlinson to create spectacular interactive celebration of women scientists.