Sarah Sayeed is a musician, composer, sound designer and writer with over 15 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of artists and organisations.
As a musical artist, her practice focuses around contemporary works that are influenced by a plethora of styles and musical traditions. Sarah has created compositions and sound designs across Western classical choral works, Indian and Bengali classical vocals, instrumental pieces and her first love: contemporary jazz, soul and hip hop. Sarah plays instruments tanpura and shruti, and is the lead vocalist in international duet Myth of Her with violin and electronic artist Anne Eltard (Copenhagen, Denmark). Sarah is currently training in classical vocals with leading Classical Indian Music maestro Swati Natekar and was the successful recipient of the Portfolio Composers Scheme in partnership with Sound and Music and Kuljit Bhamra.
Sarahs credits include Composer and Sound Designer for Santi and Naz (The Thelmas), Composer and Sound Designer for We Are Shadows (Tamasha), Principle Musician in Richard 2nd at Shakespeare's Globe (2019, Composer & Musical Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company adaption of Moliere's Tartuffe (2019/2018) and Sound Designer for Contact Theatre's production on Suffragette Movement, She Bangs The Drums (2018). She is currently working on Intention, directed by Kash Arshad (co-production with Graeae and Tamasha) and will be working on A Merchant of Venice with Shakespeare in Italy, directed by Bill Alexander this autumn.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
'I have long been a fan of Sarah’s work up here in the north. '
- Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low -
Sarah Sayeed on Savitri. Northern Opera commission 2021
Sound Designer - 10 Nights - Bush Theatre
One man’s spiritual journey is about to begin… after he’s sent this tweet.
When Yasser decides to take part in itikaf, sleeping and fasting in the mosque for the last ten nights of Ramadan, he soon regrets his decision. But as he navigates smug worshippers, shared bathrooms, and recurring thoughts of chunky chips, Yasser’s isolation forces him to confront a side of himself he’s been trying to keep hidden.
A moving and funny new play by Shahid Iqbal Khan and directed by Kash Arshad, 10 Nights is the story of one man’s journey of self-discovery and facing the consequences of your actions.
Sound Designer on Humankind vs. Technology - South Asian Arts
Humankind vs. Technology is a unique exploration of the pitfalls of dependence on technology, and a celebration of what it means to be human, created and portrayed through Indian music and dance.
Kathak artist Jyoti Manral was astonished to hear her daughter's first words, instead of 'Mama' or 'Papa', to be 'Alexa stop!'. This in turn triggered a journey of introspection, re-evaluation and examination of the ways that technology creeps into our lives and relationships without us being aware.
Jyoti is joined in creative collaboration witih sound artist Sarah Sayeed, together creating immersive soundscapes and a contemporary dance piece weaving through themes of humanity, dependence and artificial intelligence.
Sound Designer - A Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare in Italy
A six character version of the original text adapted and directed by our Associate Artist Bill Alexander.
The production will open on November 10th - December 4th 2021 at The Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, London W10 6RQ.
'Santi and Naz' – The Thelmas by Guleraana Mir and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi
Composer and Sound Designer
Directed by Madelaine Moore
Vault Festival 28th January – 2nd February
'Come on In' – Strongback Productions
(on) Mayflower 400
“Sarah will be working with me on the ground-breaking Mayflower 400 performance project in 2020 as Composer and Musial Director. The Mayflower performance project is a transatlantic collaboration between the Wampanoag community and communities in Plymouth, UK. An important, delicate piece of political theatre as part of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey. The political importance of this project in very tense times is an exciting and rare opportunity and responsibility, which promises to support and demand artistic work of the highest order.”
Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low
'This Land' – Theatre Royal Plymouth
Composer and Musical Director
Directed by Alan Lane
Photography by Mat Johns, Melanie Webb, Sam Golanski, Robert Downes, Cheldon Pro F Fingers and Jo Thorne.
Website by Bridget Fiske.
Video work by Spraoi Productions. Track by Mogwai.