November 01, 2016
World Premiere / Multimedia Concert ---- January 6, 7, 11,12, 13, 14, 9pm
Tickets on Sale Now
Secondary Dominance, Small’s decade-long musical project-in-the-works, will premiere this January 2017 as a multi-disciplinary performance at HERE Art Center’s annual PROTOTYPE Festival. In 13 micro-movements, Small synthesizes genres from Balkan folk to contemporary chamber, industrial, renaissance, rock, rap, and punk, while interweaving live and recorded electronics, Chinese sheng, strings, winds, and densely packed vocals. Working in her signature Tableau Vivant form, the music is complemented by gestural choreography and projections, including the world premiere of Black Sea Hotel's first music video. Secondary Dominance is a unique multimedia experience that unfolds as lush living pictures rife with honesty and mistakes, ferocity and hilarity.
September 18, 2015
Exciting news: Next month, I’ll be concert w/ ------KRONOS QUARTET------Brooklyn Youth Chorus------
and Black Sea Hotel... I wrote some new music and we’re performing it. Holy Moly Moly Moly.
CONCERTS @ NATIONAL SAWDUST + ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE
A one-movement excerpt will premiere next month:
National Sawdust: 7pm on Tuesday, October 6th
Black Sea Hotel + Brooklyn Youth Chorus + ACME String Quartet
80 North 6th St.
Williamsburg, NY 11249
St. Ann’s Warehouse: 8pm and 12pm on Saturday, October 17th
Black Sea Hotel, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Kronos Quartet
Will be in company w/ some insanely awesome prolific composers!
Dumbo, NY 11201
Admission: Evening Concet: $26 - $41
(there is also a free matinee show at 12pm)
May 08, 2015
We can’t wait to sing on you. Choose a city and a date below and we'll see you there in song.
Love, Sarah (and her Black Sea Hotel singing partners, Shelley and Willa)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Village Homes Community Center in Davis, CA
Hosted by Timna-Tal Music
Location: Village Homes Community Center
Address: 2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA 95616
Admission: $13 in advance, $17 at the door
Website | Facebook Invite
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Concert + Brunch at The Flight Deck
Time: 10:00am Brunch; 11:00am Concert
Location: The Flight Deck
Address: 1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Admission: $10, kids $5
Website | Facebook Invite | Event Brite Tickets
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Performance with True Life Trio
Doors: 6:30pm; Set Time: 7:00pm
Location: Open Door United Methodist Church
Address: 6226 Arlington Blvd, Richmond, CA 94805
Admission: $10-$25 suggested donation
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
House Concert at the Manfrina Residence, Lompoc, CA
Doors: 6:30pm; Concert: 7:00pm
Location: The Manfrina Residence
Address: 506 E. Olive Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Admission: $15-$20 suggested donation
We've been featured in the May Edition of the Lompoc Vision for our concert in Shelley's hometown! Here's the link.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Piano Kitchen, Santa Barbara, CA
Set Time: 8:00pm
Location: The Piano Kitchen
Address: 430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Admission: $15 suggested donation
Piano Kitchen Facebook Page
Friday, May 15, 2015
Toy Factory Lofts, Los Angeles, CA
With The Georgian Choir from the City of Angels
Doors: 7:00pm; Set Time: 8:00pm
Location: Toy Factory Lofts
Address: 1855 Industrial Street, Suite 512, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Admission: $10-$15 suggested donation
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Joshua Tree Music Festival
Set Time: TBA
Location: Joshua Tree Lake Campground
Address: 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Admission: Single Day Pass - $90; Three Day Pass - $160
Website | Facebook Invite
March 30, 2015
Black Sea Hotel in Times Square After Silk Road Recording Session - 3/9/15
Black Sea Hotel has spent the last few months brewing up a California tour to take place in mid-May. Before heading west, we will first be traveling into NYC for two gigs next month. In the first one, we are the opening act in support of 36th Shelley and Willa's other project, Hilka, whose release event will take place at the Ukrainian Museum (if you've yet to hear Ukrainian music, I highly recommend hearing Hilka - it's wild material!). Black Sea Hotel's second April show second April show will be at our ever-favorite, go-to Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg; It will feel like we're performing for you in your own home, five feet away from your face, in Pete's tiny, lovely, red-velvet 'living-room vibe-d' performance space.
Sat. 4/25 @ 7pm - Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003
Tues. 4/28 @ 7pm - Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
March 30, 2015
Incubating Jessica Brainstorm with Dorian Wolf Via Skype - 2/27/15
My honest truth is that I almost decided not to publicize this at all. Scared. Brand new. As of three days ago, Dorian and I had actually never been in a room together (other than having met in a theater watching "Butter on the Latch" together at last year's Berlinale). Over this past weekend, we finally got to rehearse and play together in the same room!
As you know I’ve been talking about the Jessica Brainstorm project for a number of years now… in search of a collaborator with whom to bloom my song sketches. Although JB is still in utero, it recently induced early birthing with two back-to-back shows at Pete's Candy Store (March 28th) and Shapeshifter Lab (March 29th). Dorian and I only tackled two songs (a 10-minute long set in total).
Sarah Small and Toronto-based Dorian Wolf (Austra) explore electronic and vocal layerings and dark thick harmonic experimentation, with influences ranging from Balkan vocal traditions to contemporary dream pop. Think Medieval Renaissance meets Bjork meets NIN meets Massive Attack meets Reilly meets Les Mystere De Voix Bulgares meets Raffi’s Children's Music meets classic rock+roll meets Primus meets who knows what...
Sat. 3/28 @ 7:20pm - Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Sun. 3/29 @ 7:30pm - Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
March 16, 2015
Making Muscles, as requested by the Interviewer, Jeff, is that right, Jeff? :-) in my Williamsburg Living Room Post-Interview, 9/26/14 | photo: Jeff Wengrofsky
Jeff Wengrofsky came over to my apartment this past September and interviewed me for his radio show, Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, which just aired on Ukrainian National Radio. The broadcast was on Wednesday 3/11 and Sunday 3/15 at 8:00pm EST from Ukraine via I-RADIO. I haven't actually yet listened to it myself. Gonna do that this week! If you'd like to listen (maybe even before I have a chance to), here's the archived interview (looks like you actually have to scroll to the bottom of the page and type in my name in the search field).
March 08, 2015
The weekend of March 7th, 2015, Black Sea Hotel had the tremendous honor of rehearsing and recording with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble… We basked in some downright stunning musicality - all of which was so sensitive, so focused - so much love was offered in every single graceful note.
Johnny Gandelsman (co-producer of this record / violinist for Brooklyn Rider / Silk Road Ensemble) invited us to record my vocal arrangement Sadila Jana in collaboration with Kyle Sanna, who was commissioned to create the instrumental arrangement for it. It is heavenly. It consists of violin (Colin Jacobsen), viola (Nicholas Cords), Shakuhachi (Kojiro Umezaki), and cello (Yo-Yo).
February 27, 2015
Dan Branigan, The Hive, 2-28-15 | photo: Yula Be'eri & Hydra, The Box, 6-7-12 | photo: Meredith Traux 6-7-12
In February 2015, Hydra participated in an impromptu collaboration with Dan Branigan. We sat in darkness at the foot of The Hive's home-y stage on Cooke Street, as Dan’s electronic bass + brass sound installation wrapped around us with a kind of electric, trance-y, careful quietude, and we wrapped back around them with quiet, intent, thick, dark vocal harmony. It was a tiny show - four or five in the audience - and was perfectly delicate perfectly delicate. We have plans for furthering this collaboration. I will keep you updated.
February 15, 2015
Meredith Monk's Weekend-Long Workshop: Participants and Teachers, 2/15/15 | photo: Peter Sciscioli
As my 36th Birthday present to myself, I participated in an immersive weekend of workshops at Meredith Monk's beautifully spacious loft here in NYC. Meredith and her collaborators were a joy to work with - open, experimental, quirky, challenging, and so much fun! They provided us with thrill and safety, as we explored vulnerable, exciting ways to move and express ourselves anew. Love it! I wish I’d had a deeper understanding of Meredith's work before this workshop. I felt a close relatedness to her process / methods / goals as within my own work. I don’t so often feel this with many artists, so this was grounding and very, very inspiring. Please do consider participating in some workshops with her and her collaborators if you're every granted the opportunity. It's a wild (and educational) ride!
*(Note from Sarah) Theatrical Release of "Butter on the Latch" at IFP Screen Forward and on Amazon, iTunes and Fandor!October 24, 2014
I’m excited to announce that the North American Theatrical Release for Josephine Decker’s, “Butter on the Latch”, in which I am the lead actress, along with her film “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (in which I am an Associate Producer) will be taking place on: Friday November 14th and Sunday November 16th at MINY Media Center by IFP 30 John St. Brooklyn New York 11201
Screenings will be followed by Director and Cast Q&A, a performance by my vocal trio Hydra , and an opening night party featuring Raya Brass Band! Screenings to follow the opening night, throughout the run, will include tea parties + ballet dancers … Keep your eyes and ears peeled for details.
SCREENING TIMES: Friday 11/14: 6:30pm & 8:30pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A), Saturday 11/15: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm, Sunday 11/16: 2pm & 4pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A), Monday 11/17: 6:30pm & 8:30pm, Tuesday 11/18: 2pm, 5pm, Wednesday 11/19: 12pm & 2pm, Thursday 11/20: 6pm & 8pm
October 22, 2014
I’m singing with Rima Fand and other singers on a barge that moves by underneath the audience watching from a bridge. We’re signing a haunting Bulgarian song about a badly wounded rebel.
I’ll also be performing in this on October 22nd, 31st and November 1st.
September 25, 2014
Black Sea Hotel is currently immersed in the production of their debut music video, “Zhenish Me Mamo”, a potently haunting contemporarily-arranged folksong about dragons and fear. The video is directed by creative whirlwind, Josephine Decker, who’s proven it possible not only to locate and acquire miniature modern-day dragons in NYC, but also to successfully choreograph them moving with grace across the faces and throughout the long hair of Black Sea Hotel member’s Shelley, Sarah and Willa… near ocean waves, at dawn. Decker has crafted an other-worldly experience fear, sensuality, and strange-ity all in one. Video is scheduled for release early 2015.
To accompany the release of this music video is Black Sea Hotel’s new studio recording of “Zhenish Me Mamo”, engineered by James Frazee, mixed by Sarah Small, and mastered by Sarah Register, of The Lodge Mastering. This release is a recording debut for BSH’s newest member, the vocally entrancing Shelley Thomas. “Zhenish Me Mamo” will be released Winter 2015, as a single EP with live bonus tracks from recent shows throughout late 2014.