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Sarah Bernstein

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 artists in avant-jazz, chamber music, experimental pop and noise. Awarded “Rising Star Violinist” in the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll, she is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. In addition to live performance, Bernstein's music is featured on radio programs, podcasts, and film scores. She is originally from San Francisco, CA.


DownBeat Magazine's 68th Annual Critics Poll "Rising Star Violin" (2020)


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”Cerebral composition, ludic puzzles and feisty improvisation.” - Daniel Spicer, JazzWise

“Some of the most eloquent 'modern jazz' to have come my way recently.” Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz

“An incendiary improviser.” - Stuart Broomer, Music Works

“Violinist/poet Sarah Bernstein has created compositions that are post-Beat holistic works of art.” - NYC Jazz Record

“A sound of wild abstraction drawing upon the traditions of experimental noise, free rock and avant-garde jazz. Heavy, lithe, raw and spirited.” Joseph Neff, The Vinyl District

“Experimental, transcendental, and intense.” Lucy Dean Stockton, Bandcamp Daily “Violinist Sarah Bernstein plays some of the most thoughtfully compelling music of any New York artist

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