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artistic statement

Etching Circles


I use memories as the catalyst for my work. 

Etching Circles, my piece commissioned by Illuminate Season I 2019, was composed after I created electronic music for dance piece Circle of Perpetual Choirs.

Originally, Etching Circles started out as four small movements. My mind turned to the earlier dance music, the idea of the Baroque Dance Suite, alongside the fact that four dancers within CoPC each had their own energy, and I decided to pair the memory of each dancer with a particular Baroque movement I felt had a similar quality in their expression; the Allemande, the Courante, the Sarabande and the Gigue. I started sketching and layering ideas from this which germinated gestures and sound worlds for each particular movement.

However, I didn’t want the piece to be structured with four separate movements, and as in the original dance, which interwove the choreography around the audience, I thought to weave and circle the movements together. By now, my ideas for different movements could be placed within the same time and place in co- existence.

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UK (Ethel Smyth Trio) and US (Prism Piano Trio)

15/09/19 Stonevale Concert Series, Oxford
14/09/19 St Mary's Church, Stafford
07/09/19 Late Music at York, St. Saviourgate, York
30/08/19 Music and Wine concert series at St Luke's, Brighton
30/03/19 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Connecticut
WP: 08/03/2018 at New School of Music Concert Hall in Cambridge MA

Sarah Westwood, Ethel Smyth Trio
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