Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. is a New York-based contemporary composer, conductor, technologist, educator, and researcher working internationally as a specialist in Network Arts. Network Arts utilizes the internet as an artistic medium and is also conceived as a metaphor for localized works. Weaver is Director of the Sarah Weaver Ensemble, NowNet Arts Ensemble, and NowNet Arts Inc. including the NowNet Arts Festival and NowNet Arts Conference. In her research work Weaver is Editor of the Journal of Network Music and Arts (JONMA). She has been an innovator for thirteen years in live performance via the internet by musicians and artists in different geographic locations. Events take place over very high-bandwidth internet utilizing specialized network audio and video technology for low-latency, multichannel, performance-quality experience. Weaver has worked closely in this medium with Mark Dresser, Chris Chafe, early works with Pauline Oliveros, and many collaborators, as each project is inherently collaborative containing pieces by multiple composers. Projects include “Universal Synchrony Music (2013-current)” collaboration with NASA Kepler/K2 Mission, “Interconnections for Peace: A Telematic Concert in Seoul, San Diego, and New York City (2018)”, “Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series - San Diego, New York (2016)”, “Time Axiom: New York, Belfast, Zurich (2013)”, “Thresholding: New York - Seoul (2012)”, “Telematic Transform Music: New York, California, Montreal, Seattle (2011)”, “Center to Center: New York, Belfast (2011)”, “Inspiraling 2010-2011: Telematic Jazz Explorations - New York, California”, “Deep Tones for Peace: Jerusalem - New York (2009)”, “Telemergence: New York, California (2008)”, “Telematic Circle: New York, California (2007)”, “100 Meeting Places: Chicago, California, New York (2006)”, and “ResoNations: International Concerts for Peace (2009-2015)” at international sites in San Diego, Banff, Belfast, South Korea, Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, and at local sites in New York including Iridium Jazz Club, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the United Nations Headquarters.
Weaver has composed large ensemble pieces and solo/chamber works for twenty years, integrating influences of jazz, contemporary classical, improvisation, computer music, world music, and innovative individual music languages of performers. Most recently she has written for musicians including Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Samir Chatterjee, Yoon Sun Choi, Robert Dick, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Amir ElSaffar, Julie Ferrara, Gerry Hemingway, Oliver Lake, Denman Maroney, Miya Masaoka, Joe McPhee, Sam Pluta, Ned Rothenberg, Ursel Schlicht, Jen Shyu, Satoshi Takeishi, David Taylor, Doug Van Nort, Min Xiao-Fen, and James Zollar. Weaver leads her group "Sarah Weaver Ensemble" and was co-director of the “SLM Ensemble” with Mark Dresser 2014-2017. Her works have been performed at many venues throughout New York including DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Roulette, The Stone, Symphony Space, The Cell, Austrian Cultural Forum, Iridium Jazz Club, and the Emily Harvey Foundation. Weaver has composed solo works for Ray Anderson, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, David Taylor, and herself, utilizing the innovative artistic languages of each musician in the pieces. Latest premieres include “Polydimensional Transformation” for Mark Dresser on the Interpretations Series at Roulette NY (2016), “Inner Here” for Ray Anderson (2015) and “Guidance” for David Taylor (2016) at The Cell NY. Solo works “Node 111” and “Reality Axis” for Gerry Hemingway were toured in Southeast Asia (2015) and New Zealand (2016). “Nexus Expanse” (2018) premieres this year at the release concert of an album of solo works by Weaver for Gerry Hemingway. Chamber works including peace music “Refuge (2015)”, “Remembered Future (2016)”, and “Sound in Peace (2016)” duo with Joe McPhee in remembrance of Pauline Oliveros.
Recordings and publications involving Weaver’s works are “Source” with the SLM Ensemble (Liminal Music Label), “Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1” in the DVD “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series” (pfMENTUM Label), “Deep Tones for Peace” (Kadima Label), United Nations Compendium Music as a Global Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues, Leonardo Music Journal, American Music Review, International Society for Improvised Music, International Association of Schools of Jazz, and MusicWorks. Upcoming recording releases include “Reality Axis” solo works for Gerry Hemingway, and “Interhere” compilation recording of solo, chamber, ensemble, and network arts works by Weaver.
Weaver has taught and presented at various universities in-person and via the internet including New York University, New York University Abu Dhabi, New York University Florence, University of California San Diego, Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stony Brook University, The New School, Northwestern University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Denver, University of Montana, University of Virginia, McGill University, Concordia University, York University Toronto, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork Ireland, Trossingen University of Music Germany, Silpakorn University Bangkok, LaSalle School of Contemporary Music Singapore, National University of Singapore, New Zealand School of Music, Zurich University of the Arts, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Weaver teaches private lessons in New York and online.
Weaver was raised in the Chicago area in a family of humanitarians and began working in New York in 1998. She holds the degrees Bachelor of Music with Education Certificate from the University of Michigan, Master of Music - Music Technology from New York University, and Ph.D. in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. Certifications include Soundpainting - the gestural language of composer Walter Thompson, and Deep Listening - the practice of composer Pauline Oliveros. SyncSource LLC is the managing business for Weaver’s artistic work, teaching engagements, technology applications, and recording and publishing label. She is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, New York Women Composers, and National Association of Composers.