Sarah Claman is specialised in violin performance [1] and ethnomusicology[2]. She focuses on improvisation as a means of sparking dialogue and opening up the lines of communication between people[3]. She aims to provoke curiosity and generate empathy both in performance and in the process of creation.

Her main tool is her naturalistic approach to violin technique[4], focusing on how the body and the effect of gravity upon it can produce sound at the instrument. This leads to her work with movement, both on her own and in collaboration with others[5]. She also has a strong interest in the musicality of text, its use in performance and as a compositional tool[6].

[1] She studied at the University of Otago (NZ), Dartington College of Arts (UK), the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ES) and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (NL).

[2] Her Honours dissertation in Ethnomusicology was entitled Beating the Bronze: The Shaping of Central Javanese Gamelan in Contemporary Contexts and involved both field-research and interviews with Dr. Joko Susilo and Dr. Anthony Ritchie on their approaches to composition for the Javanese gamelan.

[3] Recently, she performed as a free-improviser at the MIA Festival in Portugal, the Mucca Mini Impro Festival in Germany and the Barcelona Impro Festival in Spain as well as performing and recording with the Discordian Community Ensemble in Barcelona and being an active member of the free improvised music scene in Amsterdam.

[4] This was sparked by her experience studying with Raquel Castro at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.

[5] In 2013 she was a founding member of the contemporary performance company 3cossos, in which she co-created and performed an hour-long piece entitled endistància. More recently she has been taking part in workshops and improvising with dancers around the city of Amsterdam.

[6] In 2016/2017 she was studying in the programme Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.


Contact: sarah.claman@tutanota.com

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