Northshore Suzuki Strings Perform “Garden Prayer”

In May, the Northshore Suzuki Strings of Milwaukee, WI, under the direction of¬†Carol Waldvogel, performed my work from 1998, “A Garden Prayer” — and they did a marvelous job of it! Check it out for yourself! ūüėÄ

 

I also had the great priviledge of being able to chat with these bright and talented students over Skype and answer their questions in person. I had a wonderful time getting to know them all! <3

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The Cover Wars Begin Tomorrow!

The¬†novel that begins my original, dystopian saga ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúPursuit of Truth‚ÄĚ (Kesher Chronicles #1) ‚ÄĒ has been approved for¬†entry in the Cover Wars at Author Shout¬†starting¬†tomorrow (3 April)! Voting will begin at 8 AM EST.

What are the Cover Wars?

‚Äú‚Ķshow your support by voting on your favorite [book]. At the end of the week (Sunday at 8 AM EST) voting will end. The cover with the most votes becomes our book of the week in which we will promote for one week on our site, shout outs, and our newsletter.‚ÄĚ

– Vote for your favorite, but only vote once a day ( You must wait a full 24 hours to vote again or the vote will not count and no cheating)
Share cover wars with everyone so they can come and show their support
– If you really like any of the books, then show further support by clicking on the links and purchasing them

So, starting tomorrow at 5am pacific time, visit the Cover Wars site, select my book cover, “Pursuit of Truth,” to show your support… come back and do that¬†once every 24 hours until the following Sunday morning ūüėČ … and encourage everyone you know to visit and vote, too!

Thank you for helping my Little Labor of Love get the chance for exposure it deserves. ūüôā

Music TBT: “Personal Echo”

Music TBT: “Personal Echo”

It’s time for¬†my Music TBT, where I randomly choose a work from¬†my repertoire¬†and reminisce about its beginnings!

Today’s TBT Selection is…

Personal Echo

(Purchase the sheet music; Purchase the official recording)

With the instrument’s sound run through a timed digital delay effect, the soloist is able to create a “canon with herself.” Combining a haunting folk-style melody with virtuosic effects, this work is a flourish of stirring harmony and dogged rhythmic control.

I have a lot of fond memories with this piece. This little gem was written way back in 2003, during my first year at Cal Poly Pomona, after transferring from a life of scattered community colleges and performance touring.

The music department was starting up¬†the MIDI Ensemble that year. The company they had ordered all their equipment from had thrown in a free Fender electric violin as part of the bulk purchase, and one of the teachers asked me if I’d like to play it with the group. How could I turn that down?! And so my relationship with the electric violin (and increasing its strings/range) began that year.

For our first concert, the instructor wanted each of us to show off what our instruments could do alone, to showcase the capabilities we had with the electronics. Because mine was the only non-MIDI instrument, I decided to show off what I could do in conjunction with digital delay. And, honestly, I didn’t want to just improvise something out of the blue on stage, so I took time to organize my thoughts and composed this work. I debuted it at that first MIDI Ensemble concert, and “Personal Echo” has been performed numerous times ever since, by both myself and others! Every time, it is a favorite of the listeners and performers – I love how it tends to entrance those in attendance, every time…

I even added a cool vibraphone part once to accompany this piece¬†for the String Theory Quartet album release, “abstract,” which you can check out¬†here¬†on Spotify. And, of course, the original version can be heard here¬†on Spotify, too, or purchased at various retailers found on my Discography page. ūüôā

2015 TMC Instrumental Department Benefit Concert

Enjoy an evening of Quality Music Performances, and Support two local causes at the same time!

Featuring Performances by the Instrumental Music Students of The Master’s College!

Donate and Get Your Recital Ticket Now!

Can’t Attend but Want to Contribute?

Submit Your Free-Will Donation to the Benefit Recital Effort

Visit the Event Listing Page here.

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What’s your Fav Geeky Music? Tell Me What to Play!

UPDATE (as of 3/16/2015):¬†This event has been moved to a date to be determined in May… Keep your eye out for news on that!

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I’ve been asked to perform at the awesome and fun, upcoming Geek Girls’ Night Out at Brave New World Comics!

Naturally, I have a list of some of my own favorite geeky themes I’ve performed in events past – themes from tv, film, video games, anime, etc. – but I want to know…

What are YOUR favorite geeky themes that you want me to include on my live performance-list for this event??

If I play your request, I’ll personally dedicate it to you by name! ūüėÄ

I’m looking forward to getting your requests and refreshing my performance playlist with awesome new music!

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Violinist is all clear…

“Teaston – I Think I Am”: The Video for The Book of I

Artist Liselott Johnsson¬†has combined her striking visuals and the track from my original¬†OST¬†– “I Know What Death Sounds Like” – with excerpts from Jorge Armenteros‘ writing to create a stunning and haunting artistic response to¬†The Book of I.

Enjoy this beautiful video below, and be sure to check out the entire project:¬†the novel that started it all, with Liselott’s¬†accompanying original artwork, and¬†my¬†full album of music!

(Note: This video contains original, high modern art; some of the visuals may be more suited to mature audiences. Some discretion is advised.)

Celebrate Christmas Eve, with Music by Sarah!

Need a place to celebrate and reflect upon the Christmas Story this Christmas Season, complete with community carol-singing and candle-lighting? Come join us at His Way Community Church in Santa Clarita (CA), December 24th, 5pm-6pm!

This year’s Christmas Eve Service will include a music trio of piano, violin and cello playing some popular Christmas Carols, a Christmas story reading and a candlelight singing of Silent Night.

All music will be specially composed and arranged by Sarah, and will be performed by Sarah on violin, Taylor Arnone on cello, and Mike Jung on piano.

Find more details at this Event Link!

“The Book of I” is Available; Album Available Soon!

Out today is Jorge Armenteros‘ striking novel, “The Book of I,” as well as artwork by¬†Liselott Johnsson. Unfortunately, there was a slight delay in the release of my accompanying OST, but the album will be available shortly, I promise – within the coming week. So keep your eyes and ears out for it!

In the meantime, go read this fantastic review for the album and the encompassing collaboration by Barbra Dillon over at Fanboy Comics. And, you can go listen to teaser clips at my Book of I OST page!

-excerpt from Fanboy Comics…

…the soundtrack composed by Sarah Wallin Huff stands out as both a powerful album, taking its listener on an emotional journey of beauty, despair, and hope, as well as a fascinating study of the composer‚Äôs visceral and intellectual connection to the source material. ¬†Featuring the stellar work of musicians Darrell Peries, Caleb Barnes, Cathy Alonzo, Jenna Ford, Lainey Elizabeth White, Brett Bird, Jonatas Mostacato, Ayla Draper, and [Wallin] Huff herself, the album is a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections comprised mostly of string instruments that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing. ¬†[Wallin] Huff, who previously released her own album, Soul of the Machine, earlier this year, clearly has a passion and a gift for sharing every ounce of her mind, body, and soul with the listener, as if providing a warm invitation for the listener to share the same in response.

 

For Your GRAMMY Consideration…

My album, SOUL OF THE MACHINE, is now on the first round ballot of the 57th Grammy Awards!!!

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