Sarah Goldfeather

Violin & COmposer


Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota born, Brooklyn-based composer-performer and the bandleader for her eponymous band, Goldfeather, the founder, artistic director and violinist of the seven-piece new music ensemble, Exceptet, and one half of the soprano-violin duo, Cipher. 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), "spirited" (Indie Weekly Durham) with a "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). 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, DePauw University's 21CM Initiative at (le) Poisson Rouge, the Ecstatic Music Festival and MATA Interval Series in New York, a feature on WQXR, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented by Eighth Blackbird, the Times Two Series in Boston, Center for New Music in San Francisco, Berlin, and more. Her song cycle, Treading Water, was commissioned by Contemporaneous and had its in-progress premiere at National Sawdust, with an upcoming full premiere in 2019. Goldfeather (band) has a full-length album, Patchwork Quilt (2016) and an EP, Goldfeather (2014), with an upcoming album to be released in 2019. Sarah has also written music for both Exceptet and Cipher, which will be 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 the Wild Shore New Music Festival in Alaska in 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, singer and violinist for Rokenri, and she will be playing in the upcoming production of Oklahoma! at St. Ann's Warehouse in Fall 2018.

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





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.