(dis)Appearances Berlin performances by Sarah Plum

This August, Sarah Plum will perform the German premiere of my work (dis)Appearances for a (dis)embodied violin. She will perform the piece twice, on August 23 at Elias Kuppelsaal and at Quiet Cue, on August 24. (dis)Appearances is technically challenging for the violinist as it involves the use of specially-designed interactive software and hardware controllers to bow computer physical models. The piece also employs an unusual, multi parametric approach to scored sound.

Screen shot of Sarah playing a page from (dis)Appearances during a skype rehearsal

 Sarah’s work has been described as “Consistently stunning…” by Third Coast Digest and Gramaphone Magazine says that “Sarah Plum plays with a wealth of colour and a surprising range of sounds” 

She won the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984.  Since then she has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire.   Soon after receiving her DMA Plum moved to Europe where she worked as an orchestra musician and performer in new music ensembles.  She had the good fortune to perform, record and tour with some of the top conductors and soloists performing today at important venues and festivals throughout Europe, Asia and South America.  As a new music specialist she took part in historic first performances of composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Toshio Hosakowa and Brian Ferneyhough at festivals such as Ars Musica, Festival d’Automne and the Luzern Festival among others.

She recently released a CD entitled Absconditus, which contains music for violin by composer Sidney Corbett.  Recently Plum has been invited to perform a solo program of music for violin alone and with electronics at the Ankunft: Neue Musik series in Berlin, Germany and The Firehouse Space in New York among other venues. In October, Plum performed a similar program at the Unruly Music Festival in Milwaukee, which was critically praised as  “consistently stunning with works that demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques”.  Other recent concerts include a tour of the twin cities as soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Drake University String Ensemble and critically acclaimed performances at the Interharmony International Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany.

She is Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.