Sarah Neufeld is an internationally renowned Canadian violinist and composer based in New York City. Best known as a long time member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre.
Sarah began developing pieces for solo violin in a formal sense in 2011. Violin driven, emotive and minimalistic, her influences range from Bartok, to Arthur Russel, to Aphex Twin. Neufeld’s acclaimed debut album Hero Brother (Constellation Records), produced by Nils Frahm, was released in 2013.
In 2015 Neufeld released Juno award winning Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation Records) with celebrated saxophonist and collaborator Colin Stetson, and in 2016 Neufeld released her second solo album, The Ridge (Paper Bag, Kartel Music Group) featuring Jeremy Gara (of Arcade Fire) on drums.
2017/18 saw the beginning of an important new collaboration with Canadian dance legend Peggy Baker. Neufeld composed the live score, featuring herself (violin/vocals) and Jeremy Gara (drums/synth), for Peggy Baker’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance piece Who We Are In The Dark, which has toured extensively in 2019. Neufeld is currently working on her third studio album, with plans to release in 2020.
Praise for The Ridge
Primarily made up of longer, grandiose songs that follow the whimsical sound of Neufeld’s violin and calming voice, The Ridge balances a darker tone with a breathtaking feeling."
It is crafted with care and precision and will hopefully open the door for many to the world of instrumental, abstract orchestrated composition . . . strikingly gorgeous and textural"
- Under The Radar
Neufeld’s focused, restless recordings invite the listener to share in the intensity of her ritual as a performer, creating a necessary and refreshing air of intimacy."
A gorgeous album from start to finish, and it's impressive how captivating it is for something that's often so minimal."
- Brooklyn Vegan