sarah weaver : composer

 
 

Compositions 2012


PERPETUAL HE(A)RING (2012)

A piece for two telematic trios and conductor, written for “Thresholding 2012: A Telematic Music Event, New York - Seoul”. The piece sounds harmonization and healing within multiple threshold levels such as internal/external realities and authenticities, physical/metaphysical, and across lifetimes in before birth/after death cycles. “He(a)ring” is intended to represent “hear”, “here”, and “ring”, as in circular embrace and resonance, holding of here as composite location and composite reality on momentary and macro planes, and the simultaneous process and challenge to hear with this from internal and external source, within thresholds. “Perpetual” is present as eternal realities and fundamental motion, as sustainability and resultant within and beyond the threshold state. Together, "Perpetual He(a)ring" expresses these elements as interdependent, healing, and sustaining.

Premiered May 4-5, 2012 at New York University and Korea National University of the Arts
New York Musicians: Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone, Mark Dresser, bass, Jim Black, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor
Seoul Musicians: Bae Il Dong, p’ansori vocalist, Hyunseok Shin, haegeum, Simon Barker, drumset



CYCLES OF AWAKENING (2012)

Large ensemble work integrating influences of jazz, improvised music, contemporary classical, and world music, featuring diverse pioneering musicians of the time, synthesizing networks of interconnection and creating a multidimensional nexus of realization. The piece works with the title concept in individual and collective scales, physical and dimensional realms, and momentary and long-lasting processes, integrated into synchronous awakening experience.

Premiered December 22, 2012 at The Stone, New York
Ensemble: Robert Dick, flutes, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Miya Masaoka, koto, Ursel Schlict, piano, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Recorded September 21, 2014 at Mavericks Studio, New York
Ensemble: Jen Shyu, voice, Robert Dick, flutes, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Ned Rothenberg, bass clarinet/shakuhachi, Amir ElSaffar, trumpet/voice/santoor, Ray Anderson, trombone, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Miya Masaoka, koto, Ursel Schlict, piano, Mark Dresser, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Performed October 8, 2015 at Roulette, New York
Ensemble: Jen Shyu, voice, Robert Dick, flute, Julie Ferrara, oboe, Rebekah Heller, bassoon, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Ned Rothenberg, bass clarinet, shakuhachi, James Zollar, trumpet, Ray Anderson, trombone, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, George Ziadeh, oud, voice, Miya Masaoka, koto, Ursel Schlicht, piano, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Mark Dresser, bass, Sarah Weaver, conductor



RENEWAL RINGINGS (2012)

Large ensemble piece encompassing metaphors of invocation, ringing, and reflection through musical tools such as time multiplicity, synchrony/de-synchrony of polyphony, and multiple simultaneous planes. Ringings are integrated as disruptive at first, then become cleansing, then become resonant, while the blues influence is expressive yet shedding and transforming into an arrival plane for renewal. 

Premiered February 28, 2012 at The Stone, New York
Ensemble: Robert Dick, flutes, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Miya Masaoka, koto, Ursel Schlicht, piano, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Sarah Weaver, conductor


BREATH OF PEACE (2012)

Large ensemble piece for the event "ResoNations: Breath of Peace, A September 11 Concert of Remembrance, Healing, and Creating Peace". Featuring renowned Jazz and Arab musicians, the concert was in remembrance, healing, and creating peace for our future, invoking the creative spirit of the music as breath for inner and international peace. “ResoNations”, meaning “to resonate nations”, is an ongoing concert series since 2009 at the United Nations and international sites.

Premiered September 11, 2012 at Iridium Jazz Club, New York
Ensemble: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Lety ElNaggar, ney, Joe McPhee, alto saxophone/multiple instruments, Zafer Tawil, oud, Erik Friedlander, cello, Mark Dresser, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor



RE:SONANCE OF MAHLER'S SONG OF THE EARTH (2012)

A double quartet electroacoustic piece influenced by Gustav Mahler’s seminal composition Song of the Earth (1909). The music includes polyphony, heterophony, nodality, swing, cultural diversity, and live streams of environmental sound from geographically diverse locations via the internet. The concert was part of a series curated by Dave Taylor, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Manhattan New Music Project: “The Emancipation of Re:Sonance – Five Austrian Masters Revisited”, which focuses on five of Austria’s most famous composers and the re-interpretation, re-imagination, and re-arrangement of some of their greatest works. The title of the series plays on Arnold Schönberg’s concept of the “Emancipation of Dissonance”.

Premiered January 24, 2012 at Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Ensemble: Min Xiao-Fen, voice/pipa, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Franz Hackl, trumpet, Guest, Manhattan New Music Project, Bruce Williamson, woodwinds, Guest, Manhattan New Music Project, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Ensemble Member and Manhattan New Music Project, Mark Helias, bass, Gerry Hemingway, percussion, Doug Van Nort, laptop, Sarah Weaver, conductor