sarah weaver : composer




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Samples: Universal Synchrony Music Volume 1 Excerpts
Virtual Tour DVD Trailer


In April 2013, a quartet of renowned composer-improvisers—Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Myra Melford and Michael Dessen—performed an unprecedented “virtual tour” of new music conceived for world-class musicians performing together live in different geographic locations via Internet2. Building on years of prior telematic collaborations and using high-speed bandwidth available only at research and educational institutions, Virtual Tour linked performers and audiences across thousands of miles, using lifelike, uncompressed audio and high definition video to set a new standard for telematic music making. The core quartet, based in San Diego, California, collaborated with a different remote ensemble for each of the three concerts: Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich and Bob Weiner in Amherst, Massachusetts; Matthias Ziegler and Gerry Hemingway in Zurich, Switzerland; and Sarah Weaver, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Min Xiao-Fen, and Matt Wilson in Stony Brook, New York. With footage from all three concerts and featuring eleven world premieres designed specifically to explore the unique potentials of this medium, this DVD documents an important step forward in bringing world-class creative music to the telematic stage.

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Samples: Deep Tones for Peace Excerpts


Deep Tones for Peace, DVD/CD/booklet on the Kadima Collective label documents the historic concert in April 2009 by 13 internationally recognized bass players performing together live on the internet between Jerusalem and New York City.

May deep tones resonate in all human beings
May all rhythm arise out of concern for the universe
May we realize all life is innocent all life is precious
May all war stop immediately
May deep tones for peace echo and resonate across the universe. 
-William Parker

The musicians include Barre Phillips, Bert Turetzky, Mark Dresser, Thierry Barbe, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Irina-Kalina Goudeva, JC Jones, Michael Klinghoffer in Jerusalem and Henry Grimes, Rufus Reid, Trevor Dunn, Lindsay Horner, David Phillips, Sarah Weaver in NY with an invocation by William Parker. The CD features “SLM- for Telematic Contrabass Ensemble” by Mark Dresser and composer/conductor Sarah Weaver. The title for SLM comes from the three-letter root for peace, common to numerous languages, including the Hebrew “Shalom,” Arabic “Salaam” and Amharic “Selam.” The DVD documentary by Christine Baudillon and Francois Lagarde features interviews, glimpses of rehearsals, and a plethora of additional footage and excerpts from the six hour international concert taken in Israel.


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Samples: Spectral Syn Excerpts
Cycles of Awakening Excerpts


Track 1: Spectral Syn

Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver, composers
SLM Ensemble: Jen Shyu, voice, Robert Dick, flute, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Marty Ehrlich, saxophone, Julie Ferrara, oboe,
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Ursel Schlicht, piano, Mark Dresser, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Track 2: Cycles of Awakening
Sarah Weaver, composer
SLM 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

Spectral Syn - Mixed by Kevin Schinstock at Mavericks Studio. Mastered by Alex DeTurk at Strange Weather. Recorded live at Roulette, New York City.
Cycles of Awakening - Audio Engineering by Kevin Schinstock, assisted by Alain Paradis. Mixed by Marc Alan Goodman at Strange Weather. Mastered by Alex DeTurk at Strange Weather. Recorded at Mavericks Studio, New York City.

Release Date: October 8, 2015
Release Concert: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY

Live Performance Videos:
Node 111 Volume 1
Node 111 Volume 2

January 26, 2015 Live Performance at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
"Node 111" is a cycle of solo works composed for percussionist Gerry Hemingway by Sarah Weaver. The work is based on musical nodality and spectral multiplicity of self. Nodes are applied as points of multiple layers of intersections that are heard together in time. "Node 111 Volume 1" premiered in April 2011 with Hemingway in New York connected to four telematic locations in a concert that also premiered Weaver's telematic double quartet piece "Node 4x4", for local quartet and geographically spatialized quartet. "Node 111 Volume 2" premiered January 2015 on tour with Hemingway in Southeast Asia. "Node 111 Volume 3" premieres July 2016 on tour with Hemingway in New Zealand. 

Video Excerpts: Inspiraling 2010 Telematic Jazz Explorations Excerpts


June 13, 2010
An unprecedented concert of new jazz works with renowned composers and performers for the telematic music medium. Performers were located in New York and San Diego, playing together live via the internet. There were local audiences as well as a world-wide webcast. The music explores elements of jazz fused with artistic properties of telematic technology including multiplicity, heterophony, swing, polyphony, synchronicity, and nodality. The transparent densities and intensities are manifested to create this new music reality of telematic jazz.

Program: "Telein" by Sarah Weaver, "As We Know It" by Oliver Lake, "OilEye" by Gerry Hemingway, "Telewhorl" by Mark Dresser

University of California San Diego, Calit2, Center for Research and Computing in the Arts:
Hafez Modirzadeh, saxophone, Michael Dessen, trombone, Alex Cline, percussion, Mark Dresser, contrabass
New York University, Music Technology Program, Steinhardt School. Co-Presented by Roulette:
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, Oliver Lake, saxophone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Gerry Hemingway, percussion, Sarah Weaver, conductor

Inspiraling 2010 Composers Panel Papers