Sara Lowes at Bluedot Festival

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Sara Lowes at Bluedot Festival

We’re delighted that composer Sara Lowes will be appearing at Bluedot Festival to discuss and perform extracts from Graphene Suiteher wondrous six-movement suite.

Sara Lowes is a musician and composer currently living in Manchester. Sara has worked as a touring and recording session musician and backing vocalist for acts including: The Earlies, King Creosote, Jens Lekman and Marina and the Diamonds. Releasing 4 solo albums to date, Sara’s most recent work includes her critically acclaimed album ‘The Joy Of Waiting’ and Old Fire: ‘Songs From The Haunted South’ A special Collaboration produced by JM Lapham (The Earlies). Sara was score vocalist for BAFTA award winning composition of BBC’s TV Series, The Hunt composed by Steven Price.

In 2014, we appointed Sara as composer in residence at The National Graphene Institute at Manchester University. There, she spent nine months alongside scientists Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and Nobel Prize-winner Sir Kostya Novoselov, exploring the commonalities between two creative processes: composition and scientific research.

The project has taken me into a completely different world,” explains Sara, “One that I knew very little about. It’s been intriguing to see the creative experimentation in science and to learn about the hunt for this elusive atom of two-dimensional crystal graphene.

Sara unveiled her composition, Graphene Suite, to the public for the first time to a delighted audience and standing ovation, at the University’s Martin Harris Centre and again at the Museum of Science and Industry during ‘Graphene Week’.  Graphene Suite is a beautiful, wondrous and original six movement work featuring piano, synthesisers, guitars, strings, trumpet and oboe. Each movement explores a different theme, the fifth paying tribute to the pioneering female composers and scientists of the past.

The “unusual combination worked charmingly, sounding like a marriage of Pink Floyd and Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack. The piece was met by rapturous applause and a standing ovation – quite deservingly.” Big Issue North

Sara will be speaking and performing at Bluedot Festival on Saturday 23 July as part of DotTalks, a series curated by the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s biggest science conference. ‘ESOF Presents…’ series features a number of leading academics and researchers from a range of scientific disciplines and fields of discovery.

Sara will be performing the second, fourth and fifth movements of Graphene Suite with:

  • Jote Osahn – violin
  • Susie Gibbon – violin
  • Greg Morton – cello
  • Neil C Young – guitar and violin
  • Phil Howley – drums
  • Sara Lowes – piano and bass