Sarah Davachi holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary, and a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California. As a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Davachi’s work is primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including piano, electric organ, pipe and reed organ, voice, tape-replay samplers, analog synthesizers, early western strings and keyboards, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds, with mutual idioms often layered in textural and timbral counterpoint. Similarly informed by minimalist tenets of the 1960s and 1970s, baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, and experimental production practices of the studio environment, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of consonance and dissonance in likeness of the familiar and the distant.
Her research considers aspects of organology and hermeneutics and has been published and presented in North America and Europe. Between 2007 and 2017, Davachi also had the unique opportunity to work for the National Music Centre in Canada as an interpreter and content developer of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. She has held artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada), STEIM (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), WORM (Rotterdam, Netherlands), EMS (Stockholm, Sweden), Oboro (Montréal, Canada), and MESS (Melbourne, Australia) and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and SOCAN. In addition to her recorded output, including 2019’s Pale Bloom on Superior Viaduct and 2018’s Gave in Rest on Ba Da Bing!, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe and has shared the stage with artists such as Grouper, the London Contemporary Orchestra, William Basinski, Donald Buchla, Aki Onda, Jessica Moss, Oren Ambarchi, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ariel Kalma, Alessandro Cortini, Ian William Craig, Kara-lis Coverdale, Aaron Dilloway, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Ellen Arkbro, Loren Connors, and filmmaker Paul Clipson.
She is currently a doctoral student in musicology at UCLA — where she works on the aesthetic phenomenology of musical instruments and timbre in popular, experimental, and early music — and is based in Los Angeles, California.
Calgary (Alberta, Canada), 1987
Residence: Los Angeles (California, USA)
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