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Sarah Bernstein

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

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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

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Violin

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