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Sarah Jeffery

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Sarah Jeffery (1985, Derbyshire, UK) is a recorder player and clog dancer based in Amsterdam. She specialises in contemporary music, and avidly explores the combination of percussive clog dance, live electronics, improvisation and theatrical aspects with contemporary recorder playing. Sarah performs regularly on stages and festivals all over Europe, as a soloist and with her ensembles. She once ran a blog all about sock-shoe combinations.

In 2007 Sarah gained a first class honours degree in music at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England. She then went on to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands with Jorge Isaac, completing the bachelor programme in 2010. She was awarded a Leverhulme Trust grant to carry out her masters research, and graduated from the Masters with a 10 ‘cum laude’ in 2013.
As well as her classical studies, Sarah also has deep roots in British folk music and dance. She is actively working with English clogging as a contemporary percussion instrument, developing this traditional dance form into a medium for rhythmic and theatrical expression. Sarah both develops such choreographies herself, and in collaboration with composers. She has performed with clogs and electronics at venues such as Sonorities festival Belfast, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Gaudeamus concert series and NEU/NOW festival Glasgow.
As well being a soloist, Sarah performs regularly with a number of her own projects: Jerboah (experimental pop band), aXolot (recorder trio), theater fluup! (music-theatre for toddlers), The Royal Wind Music (Renaissance recorder consort) and Bo is Burning (music-theatre collective). Recently, Sarah has worked with ensembles including the Nieuw Ensemble, PRIME recorder ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, and the White Noise Orchestra, and (music)theatre companies including Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Theater Artemis, Jeugdtheater Sonnevanck and the Veenfabriek.

Sarah is also active in education. As well as her own recorder students, she runs improvisation and composition workshops in the SoundLAB of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. She has taught and lectured at Birmingham Conservatoire, Dartington Summer School, FolkWorld Summer School, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and various education conferences. She has written for music publications such as Tempo, Primephonic, and Blokfluitist magazine, where she is also on the editorial board. Sarah runs a Youtube channel called ‘Team Recorder’, posting weekly tutorials about all aspects of recorder playing – you should definitely subscribe.

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