This Friday night DINA is delighted to host a performance by internationally renowned solo bass clarinettist Sarah Watts, as part of the Unpeeled programme of concerts, sound installations and talks showcasing women in music technology.
Unpeeled has been devised by SONA, a Sheffield-based group which fosters skills, creates space, generates networks, and forges collaboration to support women in learning and experimenting with sound and music practices.
SONA co-founder Deborah Egan first saw Sarah perform during the opening programme of the Centre for New Music in Sheffield, and decided she would be the perfect fit for an Unpeeled event.
Deborah said: “I was drawn to the concert as Sarah was performing with contrabass clarinet, a huge instrument that sits two octaves below the standard tuning.
“Sarah was playing with pre-prepared electronic accompaniment, combining two things ourselves at SONA are particularly keen on, electronic music and female performers. Her performance was immensely inspiring, she appeared with an instrument as big as herself and eloquently took the audience through the process of the performance.”
Sarah has performed her solo repertoire across the UK, Ireland, Asia, Europe and the Americas winning multiple awards and accolades, and in 2016 was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Deborah added: “Sarah is perhaps the most traditional of the artists playing as part of the Unpeeled series but it was her ability to make electronic contemporary music accessible and her virtuoso delivery that I thought made her a compelling choice for SONA’s programme.
“We are particularly delighted that Sarah has chosen to perform the Korean female composer Sungji Hong’s ‘Black Arrow,’ an extraordinary piece of electronic music that takes the listener to the edge of the apocalypse.”
Each event at Unpeeled contains a performance by an invited musician using innovative music technology, with two more evenings lined up before the end of February 2019.
Sarah’s performance will be followed by an artist talk and discussion, aimed at skill sharing, and with a view to breaking down barriers to entry into music tech.
Alongside the events SONA will present their own interactive sound art installation, responding in real time to live room sound on the night.
The event on Friday begins at 7.30pm, entry is on a pay-as-you-feel basis with a suggested donation of £6.
There is also a Facebook page for the event.
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