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.
Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA), 1964
Residence: Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
- Performer (laptop, shō)
On the web
Spool Music / SPF 305 / 2004