Sage Elaine Fisher is an American composer, performer and sound artist based in Portland, OR. She is best known for her performance project, ‘Dolphin Midwives’, which abstracts harp, voice and percussion using electronics, extended techniques and ritual processes. She explores themes of empathy, natural cycles, vulnerability, transformation and technology through social experiment, meditation, psychoacoustics and magic.
She has performed at various contemporary art centers and venues on the west coast, including Disjecta, S1, PICA, Coaxial Arts, and Columbia City Theatre, and shared her work at TBA Fest, Debacle Fest, PDX POP NOW, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, Subharmonic, The Wayward Music Series and the CMG’s Improv Summit of Portland. In 2016, she released Orchid Milk, her first recording under the Dolphin Midwives moniker. Her installation ‘NATURAPHONES’ was shown in 2017 at The Bison Building, as a culmination of a six month residency for PNCA+OCAC’s ACD program, and featured four large-scale acoustic sculptures, ambient performance, and several sculptural prototypes. She founded and directed the Dröna Choir to perform her new choral work, invisibility ritual; performed on the new moon in total darkness, it explored the vast space between silence and sound. In 2018 she composed a new score for Night of the Living Dead, commissioned by the PJCE and supported by a RACC grant. Her most recent sound art performance/installation, Break: preparations for the apocalypse, was shown at Variform Gallery in Dec 2018.
Her upcoming album, Liminal Garden, will be released Jan 18 2019 by Beacon Sounds/Sounds et al.