Composer, trumpeter, singer-songwriter
Link to home page : http://www.sarahwilsonmusic.com/index.html
Composer/trumpeter Sarah Wilson has emerged as “one of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene” (Derk Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle).
Her music has premiered nationally and internationally and she earned wide critical acclaim for her 2010 Brass Tonic Records release, “Trapeze Project”. This CD features herself on trumpet and vocals with clarinetist Ben Goldberg, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Jerome Harris, and drummer Scott Amendola and showcases her “…danceable, visually evocative, and melodic music that is both sophisticated and accessible” (Jazziz).
Wilson’s original work has earned numerous commissions including the prestigious 2011 Composers Collaborative grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as well as the highly acclaimed 2010 Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation Award. She is a 2011-2012 Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.
In 1993, she moved to New York City to concentrate on music, studying with trumpeters John McNeil and Laurie Frink. Through her affiliation with Bread and Puppet Theater where she worked as a puppeteer and musician, she soon found herself musical director and composer of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival’s annual puppet program.
Moving back to native CA in 2005, Wilson hit the music scene with her critically-acclaimed CD, “Music for an Imaginary Play” on Evander Music. Wilson has received numerous accolades since then including a 2010 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellowship as well as funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, East Bay Fund for Artists, de Young Museum Cultural Encounters Initiative in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts and Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program. She was also a 2010 Djerassi Resident Artist.
She currently resides in Oakland, CA.