October 20, 2023
Day 3 -
1345 Ave. Lalonde, Montréal, QC H2L 5A9
Sarah Peeble (ca)
Sarah Peebles is a Toronto-based installation artist, composer and music improvisor. Much of her
work explores digitally manipulated found sound, unconventional methods of amplification and distinct approaches to performing shō, the Japanese mouth-organ used in gagaku (court music).
She also collaborates with artists, technicians and bee biologists on a series of projects addressing pollination ecology and biodiversity, entitled “Resonating Bodies”, which began in 2008. Her wide-ranging activities over the past 3 decades have included improvised music/sound performance, integrated media works, earthworks, sound installation; music/sound for dance, acoustic instruments, multi-channel diffusion, radio, video/film and performance art.
Her music is published on Panospria, Unsounds, Cycling '74, innova Recordings, Spool, Post-Concrète, and others. Details at Sarah Peebles (Studio Excelo), Bandcamp and Resonating Bodies.
In the Canopy: Meditations from Paparoa and Kapiti Island, part 3
In 2003 I was invited to Aotearoa by Matthew Leonard, the producer of the programme Revolutions Per Minute*, to create a new radio work that would draw from Aotearoa's natural landscapes. On the North and South Islands and while in transit back to Canada through Singapore, I recorded sounds of birds, insects, amphibians and rivers. The essence of my experiences listening to the abundance of life surrounding me, life often out of sight, was reflected in a phrase that came up in conversation while visiting the Kāpiti coast: that which is just beyond our perception. The essence of my spending long, focused periods of time in nature while recording and while simply being – taking time – doesn't easily translate into words for me; it's nonverbal. The tree canopy, the bushes, ground, air and waters held life I could often hear but couldn't see: insect buzz and hums floating on the breeze, birds chattering in distant treetops, mysterious rummaging above my head, sudden exuberant birdsong bursting from nearby bushes. As the presence of beings shifted into my awarenes