COMPOSER-TRUMPETER SARAH WILSON WINS GERBODE COMPOSER’S GRANT FOR MUSIC PRODUCTION WITH AERIAL DANCE AT SF’S DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Wilson’s recent CD “Trapeze Project” Earns Critical Acclaim Composer/trumpeter Sarah Wilson is one of 6 California composers awarded a prestigious Composers Collaborative grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grants of $75,000 each will fund the creation and world premiere of new works by gifted California composers, created in collaboration with another California artist of their choice.
Wilson will compose new music, Off the Walls, for a world premiere music production combined with aerial dance at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2013. Inspired by the Museum’s distinguished architecture, landscape, and visual arts collection, the music with dance will be performed at varied locations outside, inside, and on the sides of the museum. This evening-length, site-specific work will feature composer Sarah Wilson, aerial dance company Catch Me Bird, and an ensemble of twelve to eighteen Bay Area musicians and dancers.
Wilson has emerged as “one of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene” (Derk Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle). Her original work has earned numerous commissions including the highly acclaimed 2010 Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation award. Her music has premiered nationally and internationally and she earned wide acclaim for her 2010 Brass Tonic Records release, Trapeze Project. This CD features herself on trumpet and vocals with clarinetist Ben Goldberg, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Jerome Harris, and drummer Scott Amendola and showcases her danceable, visually evocative, and melodic music that is both sophisticated and accessible. Trapeze Project garnered multiple Best of 2010 picks; music critics speak highly of her work:
“A very individual voiceŠShe makes music her own way.” – Frank Alkyer, DownBeat Magazine Continue reading