As a composer and performer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi’s (b. 1987, Canada) work is concerned with the close intricacies of timbral and temporal space, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in texture, overtone complexity, psychoacoustic phenomena, and temperament and intonation. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including electric organ, pipe and reed organ, tape-replay samplers, voice and choir, analog synthesizers, piano, and both modern and early strings, brass, and woodwinds. Similarly informed by minimalist and long-form tenets, baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspension, and experimental production practices of the recording studio environment, in her sound is manifest an intimate and patient experience that lessens perceptions of the familiar and the distant.
In addition to her acclaimed recorded output, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe alongside artists such as Grouper, Quatuor Bozzini, William Basinski, the London Contemporary Orchestra, Oren Ambarchi, Suzanne Ciani, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Apartment House, Catherine Lamb, Aaron Dilloway, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Ellen Arkbro, Michael Pisaro, Loren Connors, and filmmaker Paul Clipson. Her work has been presented at Southbank Centre (London, UK), Kontraklang (Berlin, DE), Radio France (Paris, FR), Lampo (Chicago, USA), Issue Project Room (New York, USA), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, DE), Organ Reframed (London, UK), The Getty Center (Los Angeles, USA), Le Guess Who? (Utrecht, NL), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Montréal, CA), Ambient Church (Los Angeles, USA), Open Frame (Sydney, AU), Tusk Festival (Newcastle, UK), Mazeum Festival (Kyoto, JP), Café OTO (London, UK), Unsound (Krakow, PL), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid, ES), Barbican Centre (London, UK), and Western Front (Vancouver, CA). She currently operates the record label Late Music, founded in 2020 with the partner labels division of Warp Records.
Between 2007 and 2017, Davachi 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 with The Banff Centre for the Arts, Quatuor Bozzini, STEIM, Elektronmusikstudion, OBORO, the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, the National Music Centre, and the Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments, and holds a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California. Davachi is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at UCLA, focusing on timbre and critical organology, and is based in Los Angeles, California, USA.