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Sarah Bernstein

Brooklyn, NY      

SARAH BERNSTEIN is a New York-based composer and violinist whose work incorporates vocals, electronics, improvisation and original text. She is known for her fiery multidisciplinary performances, and has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive recordings. She leads bands, performs solo, and collaborates with numerous artists in avant-jazz, chamber music, experimental pop and noise. Nominated “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the past four years, Bernstein is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her approach merges post-tonal and polyrhythmic melody with sonic exploration and raw emotion. In addition to live performance, Bernstein’s music is featured on radio programs, podcasts, and film scores. Her poetry has been published by Red Ceilings Press and Sensitive Skin Magazine. She is originally from San Francisco, CA.

Ensembles as a composer/performer:

Sarah Bernstein Quartet

Unearthish

Exolinger

Veer Quartet

Day So Far

Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein

Mendoza/Bernstein/Lane/Anderson

Iron Dog

Sarah Bernstein Unearthish

“For Plants” from album “Crazy Lights Shining” (Phase Frame, 2018)
Sarah Bernstein – violin/voice/poetry/electronics, Satoshi Takeishi – percussion

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Sarah Bernstein Quartet

“Nightmorning” from album “Still/Free” (Leo Records, 2016)
Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition
Kris Davis – piano
Stuart Popejoy – electric bass
Ches Smith – drums

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Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein

“Slice” from album “Tense Life” (577 Records, 2017)
Sarah Bernstein – violin/voice/electronics, Kid Millions – drums

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