Solo performance at Vancouver New Music Festival TICKETS HERE

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Interview by Jennie Punter featured in Musicworks (Summer edition 2015, Issue No. 122)

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Selected composer for ECM+ Génération 2016

ECM Generation Winners 2015


Upcoming residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

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Upcoming residency at Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg

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Selected composer for ICELAB 2014

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June 20th 2016: Stircrazer IIb adapted for tenor saxophone by Joshua Hyde  at Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney, Australia)

June 30th 2016: New Work by Distractfold at Wonder Inn (Manchester, UK)

August 10th 2016: Bone Games premiere by Distractfold at Darmstadt Summer Course 2016 (Darmstadt, Germany)

August 11th 2016: He Cuts Snow performed by Ensemble handwerk at Darmstadt Summer Course 2016 (Darmstadt, Germany)

October 13th 2016: Solo performance at Orpheum Annex Theatre as part of Vancouver New Music Festival, Vancouver, Canada)

October 2016: Bone Games – Shy Garden premiered on tour with Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal:

October 20th 2016: Banff, Alberta (Banff Centre for the Arts)

October 21st 2016: Edmonton, Alberta

October 24th 2016: Victoria, British Columbia

October 25th 2016: Vancouver, British Columbia

October 27th 2016: Montréal, Québec

October 30th 2016: Toronto, Ontario

October 31st 2016: London, Ontario

November 1st 2016: Ottawa, Ontario

November 3rd 2016: Québec City, Québec


November 19th 2016: All Snap Flags performed by ICE Ensemble at Abrons Arts Center (New York, USA)

December 3rd 2016: Bone Games performed by Distractfold at Rainy Days Festival (Luxembourg)

December 11th 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Benjamin Glorieux at Festival Images Sonores organized by Centre Henri Pousseur at Théâtre de Liège (Liège, Belgium)

December 14th 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Benjamin Glorieux at Flagey (Brussels, Belgium)

February 3rd 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Ensemble Tzara at Lichtspiel (Bern, Switzerland)

February 8th 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Ensemble Tzara at Stadtkino (Basel, Switzerland)

February 9th 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Ensemble Tzara at Uto-Kino (Zürich, Switzerland)

February 16th 2016: Stircrazer II performed by Ensemble Tzara at Cinema Sil Plaz (Ilanz, Switzerland)

April 20 2017: New Work for 2 basses + electronics commissioned by Michelle Lou and Scott Worthington, premiere at Stanford CCRMA, (Palo Alto, US)

Winter 2017: New Work commissioned by Americas Society New York, USA (dates TBA)

Winter/Spring 2018: New Work commissioned by Scapegoat (dates TBA)



May 29th 2016: He Cuts Snow performed by Tak Ensemble with Séverine Ballon (New York, USA)

May 25th, 2016: Stircrazer III  for transduced piano and bass drums performed by Noam Bierstone and Daniel Añez at McGill University (Montreal, Canada)

April 8th 2016: Stircrazer IIb performed by Rocío Bolaños and Linda Jankowska of Distractfold at Sound Studio (Chicago, US)

April 5th 2016: Stircrazer IIb performed by Rocío Bolaños and Linda Jankowska of Distractfold at Spectrum (New York, US)

April 2nd 2016: Stircrazer IIb performed by Rocío Bolaños and Linda Jankowska of Distractfold at Harvard (Cambridge, US)

February 13th, 2016: He Cuts Snow performed by Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Montréal, Canada)

December 18th, 2015: Stircrazer III self-performed solo set for transduced piano and bass drums at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) (Boston, USA)

November 19th 2015: Flatspin | Stircrazer IV for solo bass clarinet + live mechanics, premiere by Joshua Rubin at the National Sawdust Factory (Brooklyn NY, USA)

October 20th 2015: He Cuts Snow performed by oh ton-ensemble as part of the NOIeS Klangpol series at Staatstheater (Oldenburg, Germany)

October 27th 2015: He Cuts Snow performed by sound initiative and Distractfold in MCR concert series (Manchester, UK)

October 30th 2015: He Cuts Snow performed by Sound Initiative and Distractfold (Paris, France)

August 17-21st 2015: Workshop with Distractfold (Manchester, UK)

May 16th 2015: Stircrazer: Hammer + Flutter performance by Ensemble Dal Niente (Boston, USA)

February 28th 2015: Stircrazer II performance by Kivie Cahn-Lipman with ICE Ensemble at Toronto Soundstreams (Toronto, Canada)

November 18 2014: New Work for Vertixe Sonora at the Correspondencias Sonoras festival at Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

September 3rd 2014: Stircrazer II performed by cellist Séverine Ballon (unerhörte Musik series at the BKA Theater, Berlin, Germany)

August 2014: Stircrazer II performed by cellist Séverine Ballon (47th Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany)

June 2-5, 2014: ICElab project residency with ICE Ensemble at Mount Tremper Arts (Mount Tremper, New York, USA)

May 5th 2014: He Cuts Snow performed by MEC Ensemble at Zipper Hall (Los Angeles, USA)

April 28th 2014: Slip Trains performed by Mivos Quartet at NUNC Festival (Chicago, USA)

April 27th 2014: He Cuts Snow performed by Ensemble Dal Niente at NUNC Festival (Chicago, USA)

March 18th 2014:  Stircrazer III performed by pianist Stephane Ginsburgh at City University London (London, UK)

March 8th 2014: He Cuts Snow performed by Hand Werk (Cambridge, USA)

October 30th 2013: Stircrazer | Cause Unfold Proceed, solo set for 8 bass drums with live mechanics in shared show with Phillip Schulze (Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Dusseldorf, Germany)

October 15th 2013: Stircrazer (II) performed by cellist Séverine Ballon at Matrix Festival (Freiburg, Germany)

October 4th 2013: Stircrazer (II) performed by cellist Séverine Ballon (Lyon, France)

July 5th 2013: Stircrazer (III) premiered by pianist Stephane Ginsburgh at Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel)

April 6th 2013: Stircrazer (I) premiered by cellist Séverine Ballon (Cambridge, USA)

March 2nd 2013: Slip Trains performed by JACK Quartet (Boston, USA)

Oct 13th 2012: He Cuts Snow performed by Ensemble Argento (Cambridge, USA)

May 13th 2012: Spuler performed by Ensemble musikFabrik (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY, USA)

May 12th 2012: Spuler performed by Ensemble musikFabrik (Paine Hall, Cambridge MA, USA)

November 6th 2011: Fox Bride performed by Continuum Ensemble (The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada)

October 2011: NEW RELEASE! Slip Trains released by Quatuor Bozzini as part of 2-disc CD titled A Chacun Sa Miniature (available on Amazon)

August 20th/21st 2011Slip Trains (for string quartet) and Bird in the Well (for large ensemble) performed by Ensemble SurPlus (Stuttgart, Germany)

July 13th 2011Bird in the Well for large ensemble as part of Acanthes Festival (Metz, France)

May 14th 2011ICE Ensemble performing Bird in the Well for large ensemble (Boston, USA)

April 21st 2011: Quatuor Bozzini performing Slip Trains (Montreal, Canada)


BONE GAMES (2016) for amplified ensemble

For bass clarinet, electric guitar, string drums (bowed kick and snare drums prepared with bridges + strings), percussion, cello, and live transducers (on bass drum, floor tom, and 2 plywood cubes).

This live recording features Distractfold Ensemble at the 48th Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany, on August 7th, 2016.

Stircrazer | Hammer + Flutter (2014)

For baritone sax, harp, piano, electronics, plus transducers and homemade mechanics

This live recording features Vertixe Sonora in the Correspondencias Sonoras Festival at Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on November 18, 2014.

Stircrazer II (2013)

For solo cello with bass drums and live mechanics

This live recording features cellist Séverine Ballon in Lyon, France October 4th 2013.

He Cuts Snow (2012)

For bass flute / piccolo, bass clarinet, piano, percussion + electronic devices, and cello

This live recording features Argento in Paine Hall at Harvard University on October 13th 2012.


Exits and Defences (2005)

Commissioned by Montreal-based Quatuor Bozzini, this piece was inspired in part through an illustration by situationist Guy Debord that maps, in his words, the “atmospheric unities of a city.” Debord first cut a map of Paris into segments experienced as having distinct unities, then spread these pieces out to reflect the sense of mental distance between them. Leaving exaggerated space in place of vehicle traffic and other voids, he then drew patterns of directional arrows to illustrate the most active circulations of foot traffic both through and between distinct regions. With striking economy, the image portrays a web of social conditions that figure into the identity of most cities – exposing patterns of polarities that both influence such conditions and develop through them.

Encountering this image around a time spent exploring early writings of Jane Jacobs, I developed a fascination with how musical relationships and aesthetic forms can be thought of as governed by networks of gravities, comparable, at some level, to those active within city spaces. Rather than suggesting literal framework, this interest provided a backdrop through which the piece developed, influencing many of my choices around distributing material and space, and interlacing microstructures into more open forms.

The integration of metered and un-metered notation developed in appreciation of both how open time feels in juxtaposition to strictly ordered time (a relationship that may be enjoyed by any wandering pedestrian in observing the simplest interactions between traffic lights and the energies and movements of people within a space), and of how removal of pulse serves to intensify communication between players.

Performed by Quatuor Bozzini, this live recording was made at the Dresdner Bank Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (Frankfurt, Germany), August 31st, 2005.

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Over recent years, I’ve been developing performance systems that use transducers and custom-built mechanisms as integrated instruments in live performance. The work that’s come out of this builds around malleable qualities of fibrillation and pulsation, using these as a kind of live connective tissue within a body of instruments. There’s something tectonic that transducers can achieve, creating an underbelly of sound that’s as much about body-feel as it is about audible sound. Playing through these layers is my way of digging into these very physical aspects of sound that have a permeating intensity in live performance.



Sabrina Schroeder (b. 1979 in BC, Canada) writes music for mixed ensembles, often using transducers and self-built mechanics as integrated instruments in live performance. She’s been an active member of composer-performer collectives presenting scored and improvised music, a back-up-band coordinator for teens in mental health housing, and works collaboratively in a range of interdisciplinary settings.

Her recent Stircrazer series, initiated as a self-performed show at the Parkhaus im Malkastenpark gallery in Dusseldorf, builds around malleable qualities of fibrillation and pulsation, using these as a live connective tissue within a body of instruments. Building out of this series, her solo performances have been recently featured at the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, and in a new duo project Inner Helmet with Mauricio Pauly.

Recent and upcoming residencies include the Banff Leighton Studios, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg, Villa Romana in Florence, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria.

She has been on the faculty of the iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts) department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK, and the Summer Classical Music Programs at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Schroeder completed a BMus at the University of Victoria (2001); an MA at Wesleyan University (2006); and a PhD in composition from Harvard University (2016).

She is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, Canada.


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2016 Bone Games bass clarinet, electric guitar, 2 string-drum players, live transducers, cello

2016 Bone Games | Shy Garden bass flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello

2016 Stircrazer IV for electric bass duo

2015 Stircrazer IIb for bass clarinet + live transducers

2014 Stircrazer: Hammer + Flutter baritone sax, piano, harp/guitar, percussion, electronics

2013 Stircrazer II for solo cello + live transducers

2012 He Cuts Snow bass flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, piano, percussion + electronic devices, cello

2011 Bird in the Well bass flute, tuba, percussion, harp, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass

2010 Slip Trains string quartet

2009 Fox Bride alto flute, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, cello

2009 Measures True electronics with live diffusion

2008 Mobile II solo violin with rubber balls + electronics

2007 Lift bicycles, brake drums, found metal, typewriters, light bulbs, assorted glass, ball bearings, ondes martenot

2007 Holding Patterns violin, viola, cello, bassoon, piano

2007 On Migration voice, double bass

2006 All Snap Flags soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, viola, double bass, percussion

2006 Eve Blossom Has Wheels clarinet in Bb, trumpet in Bb, trombone, vibraphone, percussion

2005 Exits and Defences string quartet

2005 Love Machine voice, socket-set ratchet

2005 These Lines Are Not Hard To Make processed recorded sounds

2004 The Enemy is the Gramophone Mind bicycle, harmonium, amplified toy piano

2004 Otta’s Wheel saw, accordion, double bass, percussion

2003 Simple Machines flute, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos

2003 Good Boot violin, bass clarinet, piano, double bass, percussion

2002 Walking Song 2 flutes, clarinet in Bb, tenor / alto saxophone, trumpet in Bb, horn in
F, 2 trombones, tuba, piano, drum kit, electric guitar, electric bass, 3 whistlers

2002 In 3 solo for voice with tubing, pot lid, glass jar

2002 Red Comfort Suit violin, clarinet in Bb, trumpet in Bb, tenor saxophone, double bass

2002 Song One duo for playpen boards

2002 Song Two duo for electric toy drum, xylophone, toy guitar, megaphone, tricycle

2001 Twenty-one Small Pieces / Riffs flute, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, slide-whistle

2001 They Do Dance Well Together harmonium, glockenspiel

2000 Other Dance Clarinet in Bb, trumpet in Bb, piano, violin

2000 Song for Rain duo for voice, violin, squeaky chair, rubber duck

2000 How Many Times Do You Remember This? 2 clarinets in Bb, bassoon, 3 violins, viola, double bass


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