Sarah Goldfeather

Violin & COmposer

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Sarah Goldfeather is a composer-performer who writes music for her three ensembles, Goldfeather, Cipher, and Exceptet, and is the violinist in the new Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Oklahoma! at Circle In The Square Theater. Recent works include a song cycle commission by the new music chamber orchestra Contemporaneous, and new works for her ensembles Exceptet (presented by Roulette in Brooklyn in February 2018) and Cipher. Goldfeather's music has been described as "full of light and life" (The Current, Minnesota Public Radio), “deeply disconcerting and outrageously fun” (National Sawdust Log), "distinctive...whimsical" (The Boot) "poignant...striking and laudable" (The Deli Magazine), "spirited" (Indie Weekly Durham) with a "lush, dynamic collective of sound," "striking intensity" (Elmore Magazine) and "astonishing musicianship" (Impose Magazine).

In her concurrent life as a contemporary music violinist, Sarah has performed as a soloist in Madrid, Valencia, Berlin, and the TEDxMET series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to name a few. She has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and will be performing at the 2019 Tony Awards. Sarah has worked closely with many artists, including 2016 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Timo Andres, Chris Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Kishi Bashi, Todd Almond, Jeremy Schonfeld, and has performed with Durand Jones and the Indications, Courtney Love, Kimbra, Lizzo, Torres, Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Gaby Moreno, Eliot Glazer, Pavo Pavo, Ensemble Signal, Beth Morrison Projects, Contemporaneous, and many more.  Sarah is also the founder, artistic director and violinist of the seven-piece new music ensemble, Exceptet, one half of the soprano-violin duo, Cipher, and singer and violinist for Rokenri.

Sarah has also dangerously delved into the world of composition. Her works have been performed in the continental US and Europe, including features at The Present Music Festival in Milwaukee, Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Center for New Music in San Francisco, Berlin, and more.  Her 2019 song cycle, a 25 minute work featuring Sarah singing with a chamber orchestra, Treading Water, was commissioned by Contemporaneous and had its full premiere in March. Sarah has also written music for both Exceptet and Cipher, which was featured in several cities in the US this season, including the Johnstone Fund for New Music in Columbus, OH, The Laudie D. Porter Artist Series at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and she will also perform in the Wild Shore New Music Festival in Alaska in 2019.





Treading Water and Greasy Glass (Song Cycle Commissioned by Contemporaneous, and an arrangement of Goldfeather's song Greasy Glass)


Mouth Full of Ears - Exceptet


Come Back/Leave Me - Cipher


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.