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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 has released ten albums to date as a leader/coleader. She leads the Sarah Bernstein Quartet and VEER Quartet, and performs solo as Exolinger. Collaborations include her duo with drummer Kid Millions, synth-pop group Day So Far, and a range of projects in new jazz, chamber music, experimental pop and noise. She has placed in the DownBeat Critics Poll annually since 2015, winning “Rising Star Violinist” in 2020. Bernstein's music and poetry are also featured in online magazines and film scores. She is originally from San Francisco, CA.


DownBeat Rising Star Critics Choice as Violinist of the Year 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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