Benjamin Sabey writes orchestral, chamber and live computer interactive music that has been described by Gramophone as revealing, “a brilliant technique and a keen ear for sound, timbre and arc.”
His music has been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the New York New Music Ensemble, the La Jolla Symphony directed by Steven Schick, Elevate Ensemble, NOISE and many others. Most recently, his music was selected for the Ultrschall Festival in Berlin and the SoundOn and NWEAMO festivals in San Diego. Recent commissions include a major new work for the Mivos Quartet and a piece for Ensemble PHASE, a quintet of traditional Korean instruments from Seoul. Discography includes Sabey's debut solo album “Winter Shore” and a specially commissioned work appearing on the debut album of Ensemble TrioPolis.
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. Sabey heads the theory, composition and electronic music programs at San Francisco State University. He brings the best contemporary musicians from around the bay and beyond to give lectures, concerts and master classes at SFSU. Recent and upcoming guests include Lisa Bielawa, JACK Quartet, Carolyn Chen, Splinter Reeds, Loadbang, David Shire, Roger Reynolds, Nordic Voices and many others.
In 2018, Sabey formed a piano and electronics duo with composer/pianist Nick Bacchetto. Upcoming performances of the Bacchetto/Sabey Duo featuring two new large-scale works are scheduled at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, UC Davis, CNMAT and the Conservatory of Utrecht in the Netherlands with many more performances to follow.
Benjamin Sabey holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego where he studied primarily with Roger Reynolds. He has also studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough at the Royaumont Abby north of Paris, Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Manoury and Michael Hicks as well as computer music with Miller Puckette and psycho-acoustics with Richard Moore.