Sarah Elise Thompson (b.1996) is proving to be an artist to watch, making waves within the Australian Classical Art Music scene. Based in Sydney, Australia, she involves herself actively in the growth and development of new styles and sounds.
Sarah is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the guidance of Gerard Brophy and Pia Van Gelder. She has been commissioned by interstate ensembles; including the Briar String Quartet and Paragon Brass, and has had the pleasure of working with the renowned Gondwana Choirs and Allotropy String Quartet. Her works have been performed interstate, and her works have been aired on 3MBS radio.
Sarah was also a featured artist in the inaugural Sound Gardens: New Music At The Con project, with the premiere of her piece “So It Happened Like This…” as a part of the Vivid Sydney Festival.
Sarah is currently working on new collaborative projects, including her first art installation (premiering late 2016) and is currently in the process of writing pieces for leading Australian and International soloists and ensembles, as well as being an active member of her own ensemble Glass Half Phil.
Composer website: via Soundcloud.
When The Ice Melts…, for Bass Clarinet, Harp and Vibraphone.
Late February 2016, I went on my first trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, where I encountered the natural spectacle of The Remarkables; it was bare yet had the slightest dusting of ice and snow atop the rigid rocky mountain scape. I designed the piece as to be a microscopic view of these ice fractals, zooming in and out, ice cracking, melting….
Featured in Minimalist Waves October 2016