Carol Sawyer – Surrey Muse


Carol Sawyer is a singer and visual artist working with improvised music, photography, installation, and video. She recently exhibited her video and photographic installation Shadow Puppet at Vancouver’s Republic Gallery.

Originally trained as a singer of classical and operatic repertoire, Sawyer became interested in extended voice techniques and improvised music while completing her MFA at SFU. She has appeared in contemporary opera with Vancouver’s Proximity Lab, deconstructed early Berlin cabaret songs for Music on Main, and recorded with LA based composer and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.

For Surrey Muse, Carol will be joined by her frequent music collaborator, bassist Clyde Reed, to present a set of semi-improvised musical settings of poems and found texts.

Clyde Reed is a founding member of the renowned Vancouver-based ensemble NOW Orchestra, which celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2015. He is also a core member of numerous highly regarded smaller ensembles including the Bruce Freedman Trio, and the Portland, Oregon-based saxophonist Rich Halley quartet.

Carol and Clyde perform regularly with pianist Lisa Miller and saxophonist Steve Bagnell in the quartet ion Zoo, with whom they have released two CDs.

Listen to excerpts from ion Zoo’s recordings here:

And read reviews of their recent CD Venus Looks Good, here:

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Surrey Muse 6-Month Program – January to June 2015

We are excited to have this amazing lineup for the 7th Session of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse Session 7
January 2015 – June 2015

January 23
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Lorna Goodison
Performer Tom Oleman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Sonja Grgar

February 27
Author Dennis E. Bolen
Poet Phinder Dulai
Performer Carol Sawyer
Open Mic Opener Summer Pervez
Host Mariam Zohra

March 27
Author Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Poet Ibrahim Honjo
Performer Poul Bech
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti
Host Randeep Purewall

April 24
Author Christine Grimard
Poet Alan Girling
Performer Hasham Nasir
Open Mic Opener Rita Wong
Host Helga Parekh

May 22
Author Larry Nicholson
Poet Carol Shillibeer
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Juliane Okot Bitel
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Let It Pass (DVD)
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host David Macilwain

All updates to this program will be posted at the Program page below

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Mariam Zohra – Surrey Muse


Mariam is a poet, and a multi-disciplinary artist combining music, video, drama, painting and poetry. A collection of her poems, lyrics and drawings is published in These Tales Are True (Purple Poppy Press 2016). A selection of her poems appeared in Naked Crossings (Ed. Valerie B.-Taylor, NWW 2014). She studied Philosophy and Creative Writing at Douglas College in Vancouver where she now works as a freelance desktop publisher, graphic designer, videographer and musician.

She published her first collection of poetry Not to Understand (Diva Publications, Toronto 1990) at 14, offering poems from age nine to thirteen. Later, some of her poems appeared in Toronto’s Feminist Quarterly Fireweed, and in Transitions a textbook anthology produced for Grade 10 students by Peel Board of Education. Mariam also worked with Theatre In The Rough, a youth drama collective, where as part of the team she developed and delivered drama outreach workshops at various schools in Toronto.

Mariam is a founding Member of Surrey Muse, and she serves as its Art Director/Graphic Designer. View the event posters created by her:

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At the November 25 Gathering of Surrey Muse, Mariam will be the Host. More information on the event:

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