'I strongly believe that art, in its various disciplines, is a language that connects all of humanity. It is universal and deeply spiritual.'
Sarah Houston is a classical composer and pianist based in Calgary. After spending a decade playing keyboards and co-writing in local indie alternative and post-rock bands, Young Neighbours and mid atlantic, Sarah realized that her true passion lies in creating and composing music for solo piano. Her first solo album, Home in a Far Away Land was written over a period of 10 years during her rock-band phase, and was self-released in 2016.
Following the release of Home in a Far Away Land and being newly introduced to composers such as Olafur Arnalds and Max Richter (two of her largest musical influences), Sarah’s love of writing in the modern classical/experimental genre quickly picked up steam. When Sarah began writing her sophomore album, she decided that she wanted to take listeners on a more expansive journey, trying her hand at writing for multiple instruments. In Time was released in 2020 and was largely inspired by her experience becoming a mother and balancing that role with having the space to do what she loves: create and compose music. The pieces on In Time are largely written for piano, orchestral instruments, combined with field recordings and a hint of post-rock influence. Sarah’s end goal for In Time was to take listeners on a vast sonic journey, while telling a story through the music. She most recently won Classical Recording of the Year for In Time at the 2021 YYC Music awards.
Sarah is currently working on a solo piano EP that will be released in 2022.