Sarah Goldfeather

Violin & COmposer


Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota born, Brooklyn-based composer-performer who writes music for her three ensembles, Goldfeather, Cipher, Exceptet, and beyond. Goldfeather's music has been described as "full of light and life" (The Current, Minnesota Public Radio), "distinctive...whimsical" (The Boot) "poignant...striking and laudable" (The Deli Magazine), with "lush, dynamic collective of sound," "striking intensity" (Elmore Magazine) and "astonishing musicianship" (Impose Magazine),  and even "[the] most musically talented ensemble ever" (Pen's Eye View). Performance highlights include DePauw University's 21CM Initiative at (le) Poisson Rouge, the Ecstatic Music Festival and MATA Interval Series in New York, several features on WQXR, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented by Eighth Blackbird, the Times Two Series in Boston, and tours across America with Goldfeather and Cipher. Goldfeather (band) has a full-length album, Patchwork Quilt (September 2016) and an EP, Goldfeather (2014).  Upcoming works include a commission by the new music chamber orchestra Contemporaneous to write and sing a song-cycle with the ensemble, a new pieces for her ensembles Exceptet (presented by Roulette in Brooklyn in February 2018) and Cipher (premiering in 2018), and an upcoming full-length Goldfeather album.

In her concurrent life as a contemporary music violinist, Sarah has performed as a soloist in Madrid, Valencia, Berlin, the TEDxMET series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to name a few. She has worked closely with many artists, including 2016 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe, Courtney Love, Steve Reich, Timo Andres, Chris Cerrone, Kishi Bashi, Todd Almond, and has additionally performed with Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Gaby Moreno, Torres, Eliot Glazer, Ensemble Signal, Beth Morrison Projects, Contemporaneous, and many more.  Sarah is also the founder, co-director and violinist of the seven-piece new music ensemble, Exceptet, one half of the soprano-violin duo, Cipher, co-founder and singer for the new electronics band, RSP, whose music video won the 2017 Atlanta Shortsfest, and singer and violinist for Rokenri and Cooper Boone and Ecce Schnak. 

Sarah currently resides in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, and is the caretaker of eleven houseplants.





Performance videos

Empty Promise was co-written by Sarah Goldfeather, Pascal LeBoeuf and Robby Bowen. The music video was filmed by Four/Ten Media and won the 2017 Atlanta Shortsfest.