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.
Originally from west coast Canada, Sabrina Schroeder writes music for mixed ensembles, often using modified transducers and self-built mechanisms 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 has taught courses in Sound and Media Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
A self-performed set at Parkhaus im Malkastenpark (Dusseldorf) premiered her recent Stircrazer series, developed for mixed performers with homemade electronics. Projects for this year include a concert-length mixed media work for ICE Ensemble, a new touring piece for Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal as part of their Générations Project, and a new commission for Distractfold Ensemble to premiere in Darmstadt, 2016. Her own solo performance of Stircrazer III will be featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston and the Vancouver New Music Festival. Other recent collaborations include projects with Vertixe Sonora, Quatuor Bozzini, Dal Niente, JACK quartet, Musikfabrik, handwerk, Ciao Rhino, wasteLAnd, Stephane Ginsburgh, Séverine Ballon, and the duo Inner Helmet with Mauricio Pauly.
Schroeder completed a BMus at the University of Victoria (2001) with Christopher Butterfield and Michael Longton; an MA at Wesleyan University (2006) with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton; and a PhD in composition from Harvard University (2016) with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, and Steven Kazuo Takasugi.
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 currently lives in Manchester, UK, where she teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music.