As a composer and performer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's (b. 1987, Canada) work is concerned with the close intricacies of intimate timbral space, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in texture, overtone complexity, psychoacoustic phenomena, and temperament and intonation. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including electric organ, pipe and reed organ, tape-replay samplers, voice, analog synthesizers, piano, early Western strings and keyboards, and orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds. Similarly informed by minimalist and long-form tenets, baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspension, and experimental production practices of the recording studio environment, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of the familiar and the distant.
In addition to her acclaimed recorded output, including 2020's Cantus, Descant, a 2xLP of new works for pipe organ, reed organ, and electric organ, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe and has shared the stage and collaborated with artists such as Grouper, William Basinski, Ariel Kalma, Quatuor Bozzini, the London Contemporary Orchestra, Oren Ambarchi, Donald Buchla, Suzanne Ciani, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Apartment House, Áine O'Dwyer, Catherine Lamb, Kara-lis Coverdale, Aaron Dilloway, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Ellen Arkbro, Loren Connors, and filmmaker Paul Clipson. She currently operates the record label Late Music, founded in 2020 with the partner labels division of Warp Records.
Between 2007 and 2017, Davachi had the unique opportunity to work for the National Music Centre in Canada as an interpreter and content developer of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. She has held artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts, STEIM, Elektronmusikstudion, the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, and the National Music Centre, and holds a master's degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she studied with Maggi Payne, David Bernstein, and James Fei. Davachi is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at UCLA, focusing on timbre and critical organology, and is based in Los Angeles, California, USA.