"LEMIEUX PLAYS WITH THE CONTRAST BETWEEN A CLEAR JAZZ LILT AND A GRITTY, GROWLING BLUESWOMAN, COMING ACROSS CLASSY AND UNHINGED AT THE SAME TIME." - DAN BARRY, HARTFORD ADVOCATE
Sarah LeMieux is a contemporary composer, performer, educator and researcher working to merge universes through music. In her view, music is a human joy, and everyone deserves to make it and love it; moreover everything that anyone says is music, is music. Sarah's favorite styles include (in alphabetical order) americana, apocalypse folk, bluegrass, chamber, electroacoustic, electronic, experimental, hip-hop, jazz, soundscape and string music.
“LeMieux calls her music "chamber jazz," and it's easy to understand why. An agile guitarist and singer, LeMieux composes for instruments normally associated with classical music — clarinet, viola, flute, double bass and harp, in various combinations — with an advanced sense of harmony and counterpoint. Her ensemble plays with studied confidence and grace, and they're in no rush; songs lope along in round, swing-heavy grooves. ” - Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant
She and her band have played at the National Women in Blues Festival, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Hartford's Infinity Hall, and the historic Oakdale Theater. The Sarah LeMieux Quintet won "Best Jazz" at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Connecticut Music Awards, with "Moments Musicaux" winning Album of the Year for 2015. Sarah also composes for and performs with the award-winning six piece Americana band The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Madame Thalia's Vaudeville Revue, as well as creating music for media, site-specific electroacoustic and acousmatic music, and audiovisual installations.
Her original score for “Monday and the Winter Moon” won Best Composer at CIFT Festival of Toronto, was an Official Selection at the Southeast International Film and Music Festival 2020, and was Semi-Finalist, Best Composer, Montreal Independent Film Festival (November 2020). In June 2023, "The Specious Present" premiered at NYCEMF, kicking off Sarah's installation "Acousmacity" at the Living Room NYC.
As an educator and program designer and director in music and arts education, Sarah takes a flexible, responsive and joyful approach to teaching, meeting students where they are and helping them get where they want to be. Sarah has 15+
years of experience providing individualized instrumental and vocal instruction, designing and delivering classes in music composition, theory and technology, and inclusive and culturally reflective music history.
She has extensive experience working with student musicians with disabilities, and a demonstrated commitment to bringing the kind of child-centered arts access available in communities of privilege to everyone, especially underserved families. Her multimodal background in music, Educational Psychology and curriculum design results in an individually tailored approach to meet the needs of each student.
Sarah is currently doing interdisciplinary research that combines music composition and neuropsychology, working toward her PhD.
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