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). Her work has been performed in the continental US and Europe, including features at The Present Music Festival in Milwaukee, Roulette Intermedium, 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, concerts in Berlin, and tours across America with Goldfeather and Cipher. Goldfeather has a full-length album, Patchwork Quilt (September 2016) and an EP, Goldfeather (2014), with an upcoming album to be released in late 2018 in a rock trio configuration, and will embark on an East Coast tour in July 2018. Sarah has several upcoming works, including her new song cycle, commissioned by the new music chamber orchestra, Contemporaneous, and a new work for Cipher, which will be toured in the Midwest in Fall 2018 and at the Wild Shore New Music Festival in Alaska in Spring 2019. She additionally co-wrote and sang the single “Empty Promise” with Pascal LeBoeuf and Robby Bowen, whose video by Four/Ten Media won the 2017 Atlanta Shortsfest and the 2018 Gold Star Film Festival.
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 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, co-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 and Cooper Boone.
Sarah currently resides in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, and is the caretaker of seven houseplants.
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.