SLM Ensemble (2014-2016)
SLM Ensemble was a New York City-based group co-directed by Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver, performing localized ensemble works influenced by their local and telematic collaborations since 2007. The modular roster was composed of diverse pioneering musicians of the time including Ray Anderson, trombone, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Samir Chatterjee, tabla, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Robert Dick, flutes, Mark Dresser, bass, Marty Ehrlich, woodwinds, Amir ElSaffar, trumpet/voice/santur, Julie Ferrara, oboe, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Denman Maroney, piano, Miya Masaoka, koto, Sam Pluta, electronics, Ned Rothenberg, bass clarinet/shakuhachi, Ursel Schlicht, piano, Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon, Jen Shyu, voice, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, conductor. The name SLM is an acronym "Source Liminal Music" as well as a tri-consonantal root of words from several languages that mean "peace". The name is from a composition Dresser and Weaver wrote together in 2009 for the Deep Tones for Peace telematic concert for peace in the Middle East. The ensemble performed throughout New York and released a recording "Source" featuring the pieces "Spectral Syn" by Dresser and Weaver, and "Cycles of Awakening" by Weaver. Musically the ensemble synthesized influences of jazz, contemporary classical, world, and computer music, together with network aesthetics and the innovative improvisation languages of the performers, forging new realizations for interconnection.
Weave Soundpainting Ensemble (1998-2008)
Multidisciplinary works utilizing the Soundpainting language originated by composer Walter Thompson and composed materials. Weave Soundpainting Ensemble began during college at the University of Michigan and continued professionally in Chicago and New York. Weaver was also the Associate Director of the Walter Thompson Orchestra 2000-2002 in New York, performed with the group 1998-2002, and contributed to the development of the Soundpainting language through the annual Think Tanks and close association with Walter Thompson. Weave Soundpainting Ensemble had numerous musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists over the years with a culture of open expression.