Artists Sarah Peebles

Sarah Peebles is a Toronto-based composer, improviser and installation artist. She integrates sounds she has gathered from natural habitats and cityscapes in North America and other regions of the world into her works, often exploring alternative performance settings such as museums, bamboo groves, temples and parks. Peebles pursued violin, composition, and theatre studies in Minnesota, followed by a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Michigan School of Music (1988), workshops in electronic media at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto, and studies in contemporary and traditional Japanese music at Toho Gakuen School of Music (1985), and, independant traditional music study and performance with various groups in Tokyo over extended periods between 1985 and 1993. Peebles has composed for a variety of media, including ensemble, electroacoustics, radio, dance, installation and video. In addition to solo work, collaborators have included Evan Parker, John Butcher, Jin Hi Kim, David Toop, Rob Cruickshank, Peter Chin, and René Highway, and extensive collaboration with Smash and Teeny (Peebles and Nilan Perera, electric guitar) and Cinnamon Sphere (Peebles, Perera, and calligrapher Chung Gong). She has received commissions from New Adventures in Sound Art, Radio-Canada, Radio New Zealand and David Toop, and awards include Japan Foundation Uchida Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship through the American Composers Forum, ASCAP Awards to Young Composers and BMI Student Composers Award. Her music has been featured on various films and videos, performed and broadcast internationally, and is available on Cycling ’74, innova Recordings, Spool, Hornblower, and Post-Concrète.


Sarah Peebles

Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA), 1964

Residence: Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

  • Composer
  • Performer (laptop, shō)
  • Improviser

Associated groups

On the web

Main releases

Spool Music / SPF 305 / 2004


Various artists
CEC-PeP / CEC 95CD / 1995


Unsounds / UNSOUNDS 42U / 2014
  • Not in catalogue
C74 Records / C74 007 / 2002
  • Not in catalogue
Post-concrète / POST 004 / 2001


  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Bea Borgers, Ohain (Belgium), October 24, 2018]

    Sound Travels’ Multichannel Acousmatic Concert — produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) — will take place on August 12, 2006 at St Andrew-by-the-Lake Church. On the programme are works by Benjamin Thigpen, Stéphane Roy, Deni…

    Friday, July 28, 2006 / In concert
  • To celebrate its 10th edition L’Espace du son, the international festival of acousmatic music in Belgium, invited several pairs of composers to confront their distinct musical approaches. Each night, the public will be treated to two styles…

    Monday, October 27, 2003 / In concert

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