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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

Article: Album Review

Sarah Bernstein: Crazy Lights Shining

Read "Crazy Lights Shining" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nata a San Francisco ma residente e operante a New York, Sarah Bernstein è violinista, compositrice, improvvisatrice, ma anche poetessa, ed ha alle spalle numerose importanti collaborazioni, tra le quali spiccano quelle con Anthony Braxton. In questo singolare e suggestivo Crazy Lights Shining la troviamo a duettare con il percussionista Satoshi Takeishi, intenta a unire i ...


Crazy Lights Shining

Label: Phase Frame
Released: 2018
Track listing: For Plants; Safe; Map Or Meaningless Map; Crazy Lights Shining; The Place (Instrumental); Drastic Times; Little Drops; The Place; Four Equals Two.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Let's Get Experimental

Read "Let's Get Experimental" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Violinist, composer, singer, and poet Sarah Bernstein visits the 'cast to discuss her career in music, her various on-going groups and projects, and her recording with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, Crazy Lights Shining. The rest of the program explores various kinds of “experimental music," from drummer Rudy Royston's unusual front-line of bass clarinet and accordion to Thrainn ...


Article: Album Review

Sarah Bernstein Unearthish: Crazy Lights Shining

Read "Crazy Lights Shining" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The concept of “free" is linked with jazz more than any other music genre. But “free" to do what, exactly? Free to think what you like, play what you want, express what you must? May as well throw in the freedom to live how you choose. Listening to violinist Sarah Bernstein's music, these questions occur as ...


News: Event

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

“James Brandon Lewis, a jazz saxophonist in his 30s, raw-toned but measured, doesn't sound steeped in current jazz-academy values and isn't really coming from a free-improvising perspective. There's an independence about him.” —The New York Times “With an insatiable appetite for music on the fringe, drummer Chad Taylor has been an active participant in the creative ...



Label: Leo Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Still/Free; Paper Eyes; Cede; Nightmorning; 4=; Jazz Camp; Wind Chime.


Article: Album Review

Sarah Bernstein: Still/Free

Read "Still/Free" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nuovo talento in equilibrio tra jazz e poesia, musica per archi e improvvisazione, Sarah Bernstein introduce questo Still/Free con un lungo brano di squisito minimalismo ipnotico, poche note tematiche che lasciano il segno di una sensibilità particolare, interessata certo più alla musica di gruppo piuttosto che ad una vetrina per violino solista. Anzi, lo strumento sotto ...


Article: Live From New York

Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia

Read "Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia" reviewed by Martin Longley

Spiritualized Secret Project Robot April 2, 2013 The English cosmo-psychedelic drugsludge-rock combo Spiritualized would usually be expected to play at one of NYC's larger venues, such as Terminal 5 or Webster Hall. Just prior to their U.S. West Coast dates, Spiritualized suddenly announced a micro-gig, leaking the ...


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