Sarah Westwood writes acoustic and electronic music. She is event co-ordinator and guest artist for Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics Madeira since 2017 and is a composer-in-residence for Illuminate Women's Music 2019.
Sarah is drawn toward memory and intuition as a source for her music, and collaborates with dance, video, theatre, installation, alongside composing concert works. Collaborators include Eleven Farrer House (dance), LA based Moses Hacmon (artist/architect) and Georgie Lorimer (poet), and recent projects have been supported by Arts Council England, RVW Trust and PRS Foundation.
In 2015 she was awarded the Bliss Trust Scholarship to USA, where she studied with Katharina Rosenberger at UCSD. Currently, Sarah is pursuing a practice-based research doctorate at Goldsmiths, University of London, with supervisors Lauren Redhead, Holly Rogers and Patricia Alessandrini. Her research is investigating the transdisciplinary nature of approaching composition as somatic perception. She receives private mentorship with Kenneth Hesketh.
Her work has been received in Europe, USA, Australia, Asia and Canada; in venues/festivals including St John Smith's Square, Southbank Centre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Electric Lodge L A, Echofluxx Prague, Wheaties Adelaide, Petite Cabinet Strasbourg, Borough New Music, RCM and Wolstonbury Hill (National Trust). Performances include by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, L'imaginaire Musiques d'Idées, Okeanos, Onix Ensamble Mexico, Heather Roche, Valerie Wellbanks, Patrick Dawkins, Dan Thorpe, Karin Hellqvist, Xenia Pestova and Carla Rees. She is an artist on Ablaze Records. She has participated on the inaugural Choreographers and Composers Lab (Phoenix Dance Theatre), InVivo Danse (Ircam Academy), and Cheltenham Composer Academy, as well as on residency in the Pyrenees with Apartment House.
This year, she has been commission by Après l'Histoire to compose The Artists Kintsukuroi for septet, narrator and conductor, at Constellations, Chicago; and her Illuminate commission Etching Circles will receive its premiere in Boston, MA.
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