Sarah GoldfeatherBrooklyn, NY
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.
Spilled Milk, (written by Sarah Goldfeather and performed by her band, Goldfeather) tells the story of the obsessive and lasting personal effects surrounding an unresolved friendship. The music explores the emotional gamut, from striking haunting four-part harmonies underscored by driving rhythms, serene yet plaintive reflection, and a dream-like middle section with swelling vocal chorus and double bass over a steady banjo line, all organized in a modified palindromic form.
Greasy Glass (written by Sarah Goldfeather and performed by Goldfeather (band) and Exceptet) is a work about transformation. It captures the feeling of living behind glass and watching life pass by without any definition or ability to participate in it. Suddenly, everything snaps into focus: The words “I am free” are chanted over and over as the meter begins to drop beats and more and more instruments reinforce the jubilant texture.
Sarah collaborated with Pascal LeBoeuf and Robby Bowen to write and record “Empty Promise.” Four/Ten Media filmed a music video for the song, which won the 2017 Atlanta Shortsfest and was nominated for the 2017 Gold Star Film Festival.