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. 2017 marks the release of two albums: Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein Tense Life (577 Records) and Bernstein/Marcelo/Popejoy/Podgurski Propolis (Minus Zero), which Free Jazz Blog calls a "mesmerizing fear-inducing dream factory." Her recent release on Leo Records, Sarah Bernstein Quartet Still/Free with Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy and Ches Smith, was hailed by Jazz Weekly as "a melancholy masterpiece." Bernstein also leads minimalist/experimental duo Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi, improvising strings Frikativ Quartet, and performs solo as Exolinger. Nominated "Rising Star" in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the past three years, she is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her poetry has been published by Red Ceilings Press and Sensitive Skin Magazine. Recent ensemble work is with Anthony Braxton, Shelley Hirsch, Steve Swell, Tomeka Reid, Scott Tixier, Hank Roberts, Hans Tammen, and Pamelia Stickney. Sarah is originally from San Francisco, CA. She holds degrees from California Institute of the Arts and CUNY Queens College.
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