with guests Takashi Harada (ondes Martenot), Kazue Mizushima (music installation), Kō Ishikawa (shō),
Yoshida Hiromi (shō & ū), Ikuo Kakehashi (percussion)
Available at Innova Recordings
(liner notes in English, French and Japanese)
Suspended in Amber is a collection of collaborations developed in 1992-1993 by Sarah Peebles with a wide range of Tokyo-based audio, visual and dance artists. The works here are from live performances involving written composition, "comprovisation" performance-art and free improvisation.
Hear all tracks at CBC Music–Sarah Peebles
Click to enlarge.
COVER DESIGN: Anneli West for Rossignol & Associates / PHOTO: Yosh Inouye / JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY: Masako Barret
View Complete CD Booklet
Sounds sampled in Japan and North America's rural and urban environments intermingle with traditional Japanese instruments, sound installations, vintage electronics, and ambient rural soundscapes. At the heart of the CD are works recorded during “Transforming Temple”, a concert at Shukohji, a small temple set in a semi-rural pocket of Kawasaki’s urban sprawl. The concert experience, sequenced to take the audience on a journey from outdoors to indoors and back out again, highlights the soundscape of Shukohji’s ringing Autumn insects intermingled with acoustic instruments and amplified sound, where shifting placement of the temples’ traditional sliding doors and moving performance locations accentuate the relationships of sound sources — masterfully recorded by Tsotomu Sudo. Influences of gagaku (court music), folk toys and the sounds of displaced creatures create an evocative, sometimes bizarre, and often poignant sonic experience.
Sarah Peebles has composed for electroacoustics, small ensemble, dance, animation, inter-disciplinary collaborations and music-theatre. Exploring alternate performance settings, such as museums, bamboo groves, temples and parks, her work also encompasses "comprovisation" and performance art. Originally from Minnesota, she resided in Japan over extended periods where she studied Japanese court music, Shinto festival music-drama and trends in the Japanese avant-garde. She lives in Canada as an independent composer, radio programmer and new music organizer, focusing on electroacoustic music and computer-assisted performance.
» » » BACK TO TOP
Home Page |
Artist Biography |
Recordings & Publications |
Projects & Performances | Reviews | Archives 2001-2011 | The Audible Woman
Contact the artist at sarahpeebles @ gmail.com