Women Make Music: Sadie Harrison
The Rosegarden of Light project European Tour 2016
The acclaimed American string sextet Cuatro Puntos will be joining forces with UK composer, Sadie Harrison for a unique series of concerts taking place in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. The Rosegarden of Light Project is extraordinary in so many ways. Alongside live performances from Cuatro Puntos there will be video recordings of Ensemble Zohra, the only girl’s ensemble in Afghanistan, from The Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. The girls will be performing music that Sadie wrote for them, recorded in 2015 during one of Kabul’s worst outbreaks of violence. The music is beautiful and dramatic, expressive and powerful – melancholy songs alongside whirling dances! At a time when we are bombarded every day by images of the world in crisis, The Rosegarden is a joyful celebration of musicians who share a fundamental right to express themselves through the universal language of music.
Sadie‘s music has been released to critical acclaim on Naxos, NMC, Cadenza, Sargasso, BML, Divine Art/Metier, and Clarinet Classics. The 2015 portrait CD by Toccata Classics was described as ‘a disc of glittering intensity’ (Observer), ‘beautiful and intriguing’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘a special, fragile space’ (Fanfare). In 2015, she was made a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London in recognition of her work on Afghan music. She is Composer-in-Residence with Cuatro Puntos (USA) and Composer-in-Association with ANIM (Kabul). Recent works include a symphony for the Afghanistan National Youth Orchestra, supported by a Finzi Trust Scholarship. Her music is published by UYMP, ABRSM and Recital Music.