SoundKarD are soprano Sarah Dacey, pianist Kate Halsall and composer Duncan MacLeod. They have worked together in various guises, including voice and piano, voice and electronics, harpsichord and electronics and as part of Galvanize Ensemble projects Happenstance and Galvanize for Hack the Barbican. Some performances include The Barbican London, hcmf//, Frontiers Festival, 100 Years Gallery, LV21 Gillingham Pier, Music Orbit, LimeWharf Gallery, UCL, Nexus Art Cafe, sound festival and New Music Series St Ann’s Church Manchester. They programme scored/improvised work, alongside existing/flexible repertoire, working with and commissioning composers.
Sarah Dacey voice
Sarah studied Music at the University of York, completing an MA in Contemporary Studies for which she was awarded the Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship. She then went to study with Alison Pearce at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating from the PGDiploma Vocal Studies course with Distinction. During her studies she won the Arthur Bliss Competition, came 2nd in the John Ireland Competition and was awarded the Van Smit Prize for her finals recital.
An advocate of new music, Sarah has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Robert Fokkens, Anna Meredith, Paul Mealor, Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Mica Levi and Dai Fujikura. She has sung in countless UK premieres including those of Stockhausen’s Litanie and Xenakis’ Idmen. In 2010 she performed in the Macedonian premiere of Xenakis’ Nuits.
Sarah is also a member of the critically acclaimed juice vocal ensemble, a female a cappella trio specialising in contemporary music. They have performed in many prestigious venues such as the Purcell Rooms, the Wigmore Hall, the Roundhouse, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square and the BFI. They’ve performed live on Radio 3, Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour and have appeared at fantastically diverse festivals such as Latitude and the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. International appearances include the Tampere Vocal Festival in Finland, La Comete in Châlons-en-Champagne, Settimana di Musica Sacra in Florence and the Spor Festival in Denmark. As well as commissioning new works, juice also write music for themselves. Sarah’s own arrangement of a traditional ballad,Cruel Mother, was described by the Daily Telegraph as “musically ingenious”and features on their debut album on the Nonclassical label.
Sarah also sings regularly with the BBC Singers, En Travesti and Philharmonia Voices, performing in the Barbican, the Proms, Sadler’s Wells, the British Library and the QEH. She also performs as a soloist with chamber ensembles, such as The Octandre Ensemble, thePetrichor Ensemble and the Oriel Quartett. Sarah is also a member of the Grosvenor Chapel Choir in Mayfair.
Operatic roles have included Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice – Opera Baugé), Abra (Juditha Triumphans – En Travesti), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas – Kingston Festival) and Sister Constance (Les Dialogues des Carmélites – RAM). Oratorio performances include The Creation with Benson Choral Society at Dorchester Abbey, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, Handel’s Messiah with Derby Choral Union in Derby Cathedral, Mozart Vespersin Merchant Taylor’s Hall, Bach’ s Christmas Oratorio , B Minor Mass and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with the Sweelinck Ensemble, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Dvorak’s Mass in D Minor with Kingston Grammer Choral Society, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with St. Helen’s Choral Society, Hadyn’s The Seasonswith Hillingdon Choral Society, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Beethoven’sSymphony Fantasia with Leicester Philharmonic Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the De Montford Hall, conducted by Karl Jenkins and Luca Francesconi’s Let me Bleed with the New London Chamber Choir in Royaumont Abbey.
Kate Halsall piano/keyboard/s
Kate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects. Recent work includes Galvanize for Hack The Barbican, a programme of art installations, film and music; Hear the City, a music app design residency with Stromatolite; Miniaturised Concertos | Maché, an album of new works for piano duo, electronics and ensemble, released on Metier, May 2016. She has performed widely in the UK and internationally including for Aldeburgh Music, The Piano- Glasgow City of Music, Ockham’s Razor (Not Until We Are Lost) with music by Graham Fitkin, hcmf// with Chimera Ensemble, Sonorities, Michael Clark Dance Company (Oh My Goddess), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, SBC Imagine Children’s Festival, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Ether Festival, Marte Festival Malaga, IUC Rome, Festival of Dimitria Thessaloniki, Montclair University New Jersey, Colorado College, Festival de la Sainte Baume Provence, Timezones Festival Italy, The Banff Centre Canada, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens.
Kate has worked with a number of ensembles including Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, piano duo duoDorT, as pianist/director in Piano Circus (02-12). Some current ensembles include Galvanize Ensemble; a trio with Melanie Pappenheim and Genevieve Wilkins; Bell Halsall duo (Boom) with Oxford Contemporary Music, SoundKarD with Sarah Dacey and composer Duncan MacLeod and Cobalt piano duo with composer/pianist Fumiko Miyachi.
Other performances have included Frontiers Festival, Acoustic Ecology Symposium, Dartington Hall, Oxford Contemporary Music, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, LIFEM, John Cage Uncaged (Musicircus, Barbican), Multiplier Series, Cutting Edge, iF Festival, Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, sound festival, Sound Source (Plundering Žižek); residencies and festivals internationally including Montclair University New Jersey, Colorado College, The Banff Centre Canada (Miniaturised Concertos), ICT + Art NEM Summit Nantes, ICMC in Athens.
Kate has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Kerry Andrew, Christine Abdelnour, Elo Masing, Helena Gough, Yuko Ohara, Ailís Ní Ríain, Duncan MacLeod, Andrew Morgan, Agustin Fernandez, Federico Reuben, Joel Bell, Shiva Feshareki, Colin Riley, Philip Cashian, Naomi Pinnock, Fumiko Miyachi, Andrew Poppy, Katharine Norman, Graham Fitkin, Dominic Murcott, Leo Chadburn, Ryoko Akama, Robert Szymanek, Helen Papaioannou, Richard Bullen, Nikki Franklin, Matthew Rowan, Laurie Bamon, Emma-Ruth Richards, sound artist Angie Atmadjaja and Edward Jessen.
She co-produced Sound Source series for spnm with Ed McKeon at Kings Place and was founder/producer for Music and The Mind concert series at the IOP. She was producer for Music Orbit (Brunel University 03-13), an artist led network providing a platform for experimenting composers and performers at venues including The Forge, Vibe Bar, Kings Place, ICA and Shoreditch Town Hall. Broadcasts have included BBC 2, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Late Junction, BBC Radio 4, Resonance fm. She has releases on Squeaky Kate (Triple Point and Quantulum) and Summerfold Records (Skin and Wire Piano Circus with Bill Bruford).
Duncan MacLeod electronics/sound design
Duncan read music specialising in vocal studies at Bath Spa University, before going on to study composition with John Woolrich and Continuing Professional Development at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He continued with postgraduate studies in composition with sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Netherlands under the tutelage of Louis Andriessen, Clarence Barlow and Martijn Padding. He then went onto complete his PhD in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and University of Kent under the supervision of Michael Finnissy. He has supplemented these studies with residencies at Acanthes, the Banff Centre, i- Park, June in Buffalo and the Bang-on-a-Can Summer Institute.