Sarah Mullins is a Canadian-born percussionist and drummer based in New York City. She performs with pop and rock bands, musical improv comedy, Balinese gamelan, chamber ensembles, orchestras, as a soloist, and in collaboration with dancers. She has been featured throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, and China, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Roulette, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.
Sarah performs regularly as the drummer with musical improv team, Vern, at the Peoples’ Improv Theater, drummer/percussionist with Quiet City, and as a percussionist with Periapsis Music and Dance. She has also performed with the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Sarah’s recent engagements include a guest artist appearance at Bucknell University’s Gallery Series in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition’s Hydra Concert Series.
Sarah performs as a longtime member of Balinese ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara, with whom she has appeared at “Performing Indonesia” – Conference and Music Festival at South Dillon Ripley Center, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, she is a member of Gamelan MEGA SURYA, a Balinese chamber ensemble specializing in experimental and traditional music. Her non-Western musical practice further extends to projects including singing with Supruli, a New York City-based Georgian choir, and the study of West African drumming, and Brazilian samba.
A frequent collaborator in the recording studio, Sarah can be heard on Nerissa Campbell’s “After the Magic” (Crooked Mouth Music) with Gamelan Dharma Swara, and on the upcoming release of saxophonist, Michael Eaton’s classical minimalism inspired, “Dialogical” (Destiny Records) where she is featured on the marimba and triangles.
Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Percussion from the City University of New York at Queens College, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion from McGill University, and has been awarded multiple residencies at the Banff Center for the Arts.
Photographer: Pingkan Lucas