sarah weaver : composer


Compositions 2015


Universal Synchrony Music (USM) is a cosmic multi-year telematic music project (2013-2017) in collaboration with the NASA Kepler Mission and NASA ArtSpace exploring musical, technological, and metaphorical realizations of synchrony. Sonification of data from the Kepler Mission on stars and planets 1000-3000 light years away is utilized for presence and interaction for synchrony. Synchrony is defined as perception of alignment of distributed time and space components. This electroacoustic telematic ensemble is comprised of renowned experimental musicians utilizing their individual innovative musical languages in manifestation of the piece.

USM Volume 3 premiered January 30-31, 2015 at Bing Concert Hall with the CCRMA Ensemble of Stanford University and DisPerSion Lab with the Electroacoustic Orchestra of York University Toronto. Emphasizes interdependence of habitability. The surround sound enables the expansive experience of spatialized data sonification such as orbiting, constellations, and being inside of a habitable planetary system. Visualization of the data is utilized interactively with the sonifications for added presence and processing of the objects. The piece begins with alignments of the orbits of hundreds of habitable planets in multiplanetary systems with Earth. This continues into more orbital alignments spatialized in rotation around the Kepler field. The second section sonifies and visualizes constellations of the stars of multiplanetary systems with habitable planets in the Kepler field. The third section expresses the metaphor of inner habitability of the self.
Kepler/K2 Mission Data Collaborators: Jon Jenkins - Analysis Lead for the NASA Kepler Mission, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center. Professors William Welsh, Jerome Orosz, and Donald Short, Astronomy Department, San Diego State University. Madeline Huberth, CCRMA, Stanford University. Daniel C. Fabrycky, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago.


Electroacoustic ensemble piece on tunings of musical elements and intuition, utilizing microtonality and spectral components. The music is structured towards nodes within multiplicities of individualized and international music tuning systems present in contemporary music.

Premiered 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, composer, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Performed February 19, 2016 at Symphony Space, New York. Ensemble:  Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, David Morales Boroff, violin, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Ned Rothenberg, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, David Taylor, bass trombone, Denman Maroney, piano, Mark Helias, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sam Pluta, computer, Sarah Weaver, conductor


For Ray Anderson, solo trombone

Solo trombone piece integrating Ray Anderson's innovative language on the trombone with multi-layered notation approaches and attention strategies. Concepts reflect nodality in music as intersections of materials, nodal synthesis, and inner network. Developed from years of working together in ensemble settings and Weaver's longtime examination of Anderson's trombone work.

Premiered December 7, 2015 at The Cell Theatre, New York

REFUGE (2015)

David Taylor, bass trombone
Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, frame drum

Duo piece written for the event "SLM Ensemble: Solo and Chamber Works for Peace" exploring the metaphor of refuge and refugees. 

Premiered December 7, 2015 at The Cell Theatre, New York

NODE 111, VOLUME 2 (2015)

Solo drumset work for Gerry Hemingway. "Node 111, Volume 1 and 2" are based on nodality in music and spectral multiplicity of self, offering heightened inner expressions of networked life. Nodes are applied as points of multiple layers of intersections that are heard together in time. "Node 111, Volume 1" premiered in a 2011 telematic concert and grew into a full set of works based on these concepts including Volumes 1-3 (2011-2017) together with companion pieces "Reality Axis" and "Inner Network" involving drumset and electronics. 

Premiered January 2015 in the Southeast Asia Tour - Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore. 
Performed with "Node 111, Volume 2 and 3" July 2016 New Zealand Tour and November 29, 2016 at The Cell Theatre in New York.
Recorded November 30, 2016 at Mavericks Studio, New York.

Documentation Links: 
Node 111 Volume 1
Node 111 Volume 2