Sharon Stewart

Born in Pasadena, CA, USA
Living in Arnhem, The Netherlands

I grew up in the United States and, after traveling some years through Jordan and France, finally landed in Arnhem, The Netherlands. I have studied piano at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music, and later completed a Masters in Music Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire, the Hague, focusing on feminisms, improvisation and technology in a music pedagogical practice. In the course of this process I discovered Deep Listening®. After following three international retreats, I became certified in Deep Listening® with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold in 2011. I have also had significant personal experience with Bio-Energetic work, including a two-year training, 2008-2010.

I have the privilege to live in a city with a thriving dance academy, ArtEZ, and have become involved in various projects and performances with dancers, some ongoing. Further, I have a private piano practice in Arnhem; guest lecture and give workshops at the department of Gender Studies at Utrecht University and NOI♀SE Summer School; and serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sonic Studies. Since an electroacoustic composition proposal of mine involving whale sounds was nominated for a national composition prize for female composers (MCN Compositieopdracht Prijs, 2012), I have been focusing more on the composition of electroacoustic music.

In my work I strive for a dynamic relationship with the body, creating situations for myself and others in which participants can ‘make music’ while also remaining open to the particularly sense-ational information the body continually relays. Paying attention to dreams is a rich source for me in understanding my underlying and transform-ing/ational emotional states as well as providing a, sometimes astounding, source of raw materials. In my own creating and teaching I hold and return to balance, openness, stillness and spontaneity, while leaving space for the explosive, volatile and powerful forces of emotional expression.

www.sonicstudies.org
https://soundcloud.com/sharonrstewart

Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Tomie Hahn Director
hahnt "at" rpi.edu