December 31st, 2016
In early December, Q2 Music asked its listeners to vote on their favorite new-music of the last the last 20 years — i.e. music that was composed on or after Jan. 1, 1997: “What pieces broke the rules or built brilliantly on the traditions of the past? Which composers challenged you intellectually or moved you to new emotional depths? Twenty years from now, what pieces will we look back on as still capturing our collective imagination?”
Sarah’s UNREMEMBERED was voted one of these Top 50 Works of the Past 20 Years. Humble thanks, Q2 listeners!
December 17th, 2016
National Sawdust announced its Ferus Festival, which will take place at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust in January 2017. On January 8 the festival will include the renowned Choir of Trinity Wall Street and its companion chamber ensemble NOVUS NY led by conductor Julian Wachner in an evening of contemporary Mass music, commissioned by Daniel Felsenfeld and Trinity Wall Street as part of the Mass Reimaginings 5-year commission program.
The program will consist of previews of five new musical works in advance of their world premiere Jan 12 at Trinity Church Wall Street. Excerpted music by composers Daniel Felsenfeld, Jonathan Newman, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Julian Wachner will be augmented by talks with librettists Nathaniel Bellows, Rick Moody, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Royce Vavrek.
Sarah’s work will be ‘Kyrie’, the opening movement from her Mass for the Endangered (on text by Nathaniel Bellows.)
December 10th, 2016
Congratulations to pianist Michael Mizrahi for his album Currents making the top-50 Albums of 2016 lists of critics Ted Gioia and George Wallace. Sarah’s The Currents was also named one of the Top Tracks of 2016 by Ted Gioia.
October 14th, 2016
Pianist Nicholas Phillips released a commercial recording of solo piano music today, Impressions, that included Sarah’s “The Currents” (which was also released earlier this year by pianist Michael Mizrahi.) Impressions contains solo piano music written in the last decade by Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly, Mark Olivieri, Carter Pann, Jonathan Pieslak, Joel Puckett, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, as well as pieces written for Phillips by Lucas Floyd and Stacy Garrop. Physical CDs will be available on Amazon.com and from the artist. Digital tracks and albums on iTunes, etc. Recorded on a Yamaha CFX June, 2016, at Yamaha Artist Services, New York. Nicholas Phillips recently joined the Classical Pianists roster as a Yamaha Artist.
October 7th, 2016
We’re thrilled to announce that the highly-lauded Big Ears Festival will feature Sarah’s evening-length song cycle, Unremembered (on text by Nathaniel Bellows), at Big Ears 2017 on March 23 in Knoxville, TN. The performance will feature vocalists Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, and DM Stith; and chamber ensemble The Knights; and will be accompanied by illustrations/projections by Nathaniel Bellows.
October 4th, 2016
On September 29, Sarah took over the Instagram feed for Q2 Music, the New York-based online radio, multi-platform home for contemporary classical music, posting about a typical day in her life. You can read about it here.
August 20th, 2016
Norman Cahn at I Care If You Listen had some very nice things to say about Michael Mizrahi’s solo piano album, Currents, particularly with regard to Sarah’s The Currents:
“Sarah Kirkland Snider’s 2013 eponymously titled piece, The Currents, effectively avoids indulging emotion, favoring subtle atmospheric suggestion, true to 19th century impressionism. Flowing lyricism in the upper registers are accompanied by brooding ostinato from the left hand. The piece, however, is not without its surprises. On several occasions, the tone changes in unprepared modulation. Mizrahi’s performance breathes life to the notes at these moments with abrupt dynamic and temporal shifts. At times tempestuous, at others placid, The Currents is a force of nature—both monsoon and mild breeze.”
–Norman Cahn, I Care If You Listen, August 16, 2016
July 28th, 2016
Sarah has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with G. Schirmer, part of the Music Sales Group. We’re thrilled to work with the wonderful and highly-esteemed team at Schirmer. You can read about it here!
June 25th, 2016
UNREMEMBERED will tour Holland in March 2017 as part of the Netherlands Cross-Linx Festival. Shara Nova, D.M. Stith, and Padma Newsome will give six performances of the cycle with the Rotterdam-based Doelen Ensemble. We’re honored and excited to join the 15-year tradition of this genre-defying festival.
You can read more about it here.
June 8th, 2016
Check out this wonderful Wall Street Journal feature on New Amsterdam Records, the Brooklyn-based record label that Sarah co-Artistic Directs with William Brittelle and Judd Greenstein. Marvel at how they stay afloat on sweat, blood, and determination — and think about donating to the upcoming fundraiser for their related non-profit, New Amsterdam Presents!