I am moved by countless energies in this life. Connectivity, nature, and the power of thought particularly inspire me throughout the creative process. Daily experiences and interactions provide the fuel to dig deeper and create new and innovative work, but to also question the purpose of the work throughout conception.
I approach my work from two artistic angles, Internal and External, which holistically intertwine as my creative identity.
Internally, I am driven to find new ways of expressing personal experiences, as a decidedly present and consciously-living being. I strive to create all of my art in this state, and I often choose music as my primary medium. Very early in my life I became drawn towards, and thereafter obsessed with, the violin. I began my studies in classical violin at age 6 and my heart was awakened to the resonance of the World. I became aware of the healing nature and ever-evolving cognitive effects of music and sound. Throughout my experiences as a musician I have come to realize that sound itself is greater than just an auditory medium used to project a feeling or abstract idea. I understand now that it is, at its very essence, a technology through which humans relate to one another and their own existence.
Consciousness is the main informant of my art making. Simply, to be aware of space and time, selflessly providing my being as a vessel to channel energy into a medium. Energy which is always there and, in one form or another, exists in and around all of us.
External influences bear equal weight as the Internal in my process. The forces that surround us manifest as diverse perspectives and complicated issues within society, many of them deep-seeded. Today's issues are surely an extension of ancient dynamics but also desire recognition as unique and modern occurrences. I see a great need for reflection.
My compositional and theoretical interests lie within these fields as I believe that understanding is the key to growth and development.
My music is focused on elevation.
2013 - Present
A concept record exploring texture, technology, and spatialization.
released 12 December 2013
Socrates Cruz - Drums
Sarah Fylak - Vocals, Guitar, and Electronics
Noni Kai - Vocals on "Stay"
Jessica Kion - Vocals and Bass
Jarret Ring - Synthesizers
The Vesuvius String Quartet is:
Ashton Bush - Violin I
Sarah Fylak - Violin II
Anna Stromer - Viola
Bryan Ennis - Cello
Beauchene Skulls the EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Strewnshank Productions in Charlestown, MA by Chris Thomas and Joe Mahoney. "Stay" was recorded and mixed at The Bright House in Brighton, MA. String arrangements and composition by Sarah Fylak.
Album artwork by Sarah Fylak and Jessica Kion
© Beauchene Skulls 2013
Late one night I found myself walking through a very old medical library, searching for inspiration or for some sign of life. Within the library there was a small museum containing an unbelievably haunting collection of medical artifacts. In one of the display cases, I came across a sculpture that is used for teaching the relationships of bone structures in the human skull. I was intrigued by the aesthetic properties of the Beauchene Skull; the aggressive, bold and forceful image that appears to be exploding, frozen in time, combined with the delicate and meticulous construction of movable parts. This juxtaposition was something that I wanted to explore sonically. - Sarah Fylak
Multimedia Installation for Violin, Electronics, and Live Art
Sarah Fylak - Violin
Shantell Martin - Visual Art
CJ Carr // Ian Headley // James Staub - Electronics
As part of a promotional campaign for Lincoln Auto Company. The call was to meld classical aesthetics with innovative twists. My music selection was to adapt Mozart's Concerto No. 3 in G Major to the modulating interplay that visual artist Shantell Martin and I were developing within the technology framework. The electronics were designed and programmed by CJ Carr, James Staub, and Ian Headley. Video was produced by Mother New York in collaboration with Animal New York.
The Graham & Co. Phonecia, New York
Commissioned by Lincoln Motor Company
for Violin, Voice, and Electronics
Composer/Performer - Sarah Fylak
Lyricist - Luisa Inés Garcia
MaxMSP Engineers - Sarah Fylak & Elias Bouquillon
Download the Aye, Wonder MaxMSP Patch
Acousmatic Tape Music
An electroacoustic piece that explores the webbing together of field recordings, samples, and synthesized materials collected from the wide array music ensembles and social circles that I was musically involved with in the Fall of 2010. The mood of the piece aims to express the depths of dynamics and emotions between these groups as well as the transient feelings as I moved busily between them.
Rafael Popper-Keizer - Cello / Esther Ning Yau - Piano
Recorded in Shillman Hall Studio of Northeastern University January 2009
This piece was the first of which I began melding classical structure with modern atonality and exploration. It is also the first of my programmatic works, in which the title of the piece is actually a look into social behaviors. The introduction starts as the awakening of a brooding discontent within oneself. The main theme is meant to compare the patterns of negative human behavior to magnetism. The curse of bad habits, a sometimes seemingly inescapable pull.