Houston performer-composer SARAH-GRACE GRAVES seeks to reclaim intimacy as something powerful and power as something intimate. Her music explores the experience of sound as it moves, in relation to itself and to the listener. In spring 2018 she created Aeolia, a site-specific work for five sopranos, for Josiah McElheny’s installation Island Universe. She premiered it with Sarah Bauer, Sophie Leung-Wolf, Ally Smither, and Olivia Spencer inside McElheny’s installation at Moody Center for the Arts. Other recent projects include Here Comes the Moon (2018), a video installation that explores how darkness can obscure familiar sensations and blur them into each other; Sybillance (2018), a piece to be performed in total darkness with four voices and flashlights; Mass (2018), a piece written for many friends; Card Piece (2018), for two players and audience; and Aquì: Flesh and Nail (2017), a one-act theatrical work created with guitarist Edoardo Draetta and poet and fellow composer Matthew Toffoletto.
In 2018, she was a finalist in the Donald Sinta Quartet Composition Competition for her saxophone quartet Yttrium (2017) and was commissioned by the Shepherd School of Music to write the fanfare, The Day Before Tomorrow (2018), for the Rice Undergraduate Convocation.
As a vocalist, she actively performs her own work and collaborates with other composers. Her collaborations include Angelbert Metoyer’s and Saul Williams’ performance piece Sisyphus Rising, Kurt Stallmann’s interactive dance and vocal piece Vespertine Awakenings, and works by Theo Chandler, Webster Gadbois, Erin Graham, David Jones, Matthew Toffoletto, and Molly Turner.