Born: September 6
Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning is a harmonious creature. She is the lone red fox atop a pile of shale on the outskirts of the urban landscape, her singular musical voice illustrating the contradiction of an artist drawn to the woods even as she feels the gaze of a thousand bright city lamps. With the release of Harmonious Creature on Posi-Tone on January 21st, 2014, she unites the small town and the metropolis with compositions featuring violist Eyvind Kang, electric guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, bassist Rene Hart and drummer Jerome Jennings.
According to JazzTimes critic Carlo Wolff, “There’s something animistic about Manning’s work…Her music – original and brave – shows Manning knows where the wild things are. That’s because she’s one herself.” Much of the work on Harmonious Creature was written in the company of owl, coyote, bear, porcupine and salamander while Manning was an October 2012 Fellow in Composition at the MacDowell Colony. She worked in a studio in the New Hampshire woods Aaron Copland occupied in 1956, inspiring the composition “Copland on Cornelia Street” which imagines the American orchestral composer checking out the after hours New York City improvised music scene....
Awards2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow in Composition
2010 Third Place in JazzTime's Reader's Poll in the Category of Best New Artist
Harmonious CreaturesPosi-Tone Records
Dandelion ClockPosi-Tone Records
House On Eddy StreetElflion Records
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- Harmonious Creatures by Dan Bilawsky
- Dandelion Clock by Raul d'Gama Rose
- Dandelion Clock by Woodrow Wilkins
- Dandelion Clock by Bruce Lindsay
- Dandelion Clock by Dan Bilawsky
- Dandelion Clock by John Barron