Sakari Dixon on making music.
As a public school student in San Bernardino, CA, Sakari Dixon’s interest in composition grew when her sixth grade orchestra teacher assigned a group project combining student compositions with their original artwork. Because she enjoyed creating music with her peers, Sakari took to composing chamber music for herself and her close friends through her time in high school. While studying composition with Dr. Anthony Suter at the University of Redlands, Sakari’s collaborations with performers of various disciplines lead to commissions from instrumentalists such as Kelsey Broersma and Spencer Baldwin.
Currently, Sakari seeks to promote contemporary music through her involvement in ensembles such as the Redlands Community Orchestra, which regularly premieres works by local composers. She also performed as a violist in the newly-formed Inland Empire Composers’ Concert Series, which completed its first season in the spring of 2017. In addition, her passion for diversity in new music recently led her to conduct a call for solo viola scores from composers over forty in response to Bill Doerrfeld’s article on New Music Box entitled “Ageism in Composer Opportunities.” After receiving about ninety submissions within three weeks, she selected three pieces in order to be added to her repertoire. She is planning to perform these pieces in recital.
As a musician in the Greater Los Angeles area, Sakari Dixon continues to perform and compose while attempting to hook her violin and viola students on the beauty of creating music. She currently studies composition with Reena Esmail.
I'm still having waterbug problems... begins at 00:29 and is excerpted again at the close of the episode at 27:22. By the Baker-Barganier Duo, featuring Elizabeth A. Baker and Erich Barganier.
Serotonin begins at 8:09. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.
Tweed Fantasy - Perpetual Dream begins at 17:48.
On The Other Side begins at 22:51. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.
I'm still having waterbug problems... is excerpted for a second time at 27:22. See above for track and details.
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