SARAH BERNSTEIN is a New York-based composer and violinist, whose work incorporates improvisation, vocals, electronics and original text. She is known for her fiery multidisciplinary performances, and has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive recordings. Nominated Rising Star in the 2015 and 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll, she is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her latest release Still/Free is out on Leo Records with Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy and Ches Smith. She also leads the minimalist/experimental duo Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi, improvising strings Frikativ Quartet, and performs solo as Exolinger. Collaborative projects include Kid Millions/Sarah Bernstein Duo, noise/poetry trio Iron Dog with Stuart Popejoy and Andrew Drury, and synth-pop band Day So Far. Sarah is originally from San Francisco, CA. She holds degrees from California Institute of the Arts and CUNY Queens College.
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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
Violinist Sarah Bernstein plays some of the most thoughtfully compelling music of any New York artist. Blending fearless jazz improvisation, indie classical acerbity and the occasional detour in the direction of performance art, her sound is distinctly her own. New York Music Daily
Cerebral composition, ludic puzzles and feisty improvisation. Daniel Spicer, JazzWise
Some of the most exciting and accessible abstract music you'll find. - The Big City Blog