Violinist and composer from Arcade Fire. Presented with our friends at Homebeat.
Ensemble Music and Homebeat are extremely proud to present a very special headline solo show for Canadian violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld.
Most well known as a member of Canadian megaband Arcade Fire, as well as the instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre and more recently a contemporary duo with saxophonist Colin Stetson.
Neufeld began developing pieces for solo violin in a formal sense in 2011, though she has made improvisation and solo composition part of her process and practice since first picking up the instrument at a young age, and counts Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova and Arthur Russell among the formative influences for her solo work.
Neufeld’s debut solo album Hero Brother was released August 20/2013 on Constellation Records [Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, Matana Robert], and was recorded in Berlin by pianist and producer Nils Frahm, with Neufeld’s performances captured in a number of locations with site-specific acoustics, including an abandoned geodesic dome.
After releasing her duo album Never Was The Way She Was with Colin Stetson via Constellation Records to huge acclaim in 2015, on February 26, 2016 Sarah Neufeld released her second full length solo album, The Ridge, via Paper Bag Records [Tim Hecker] and Kartel Music Group, moving away from Hero Brother’s classical minimalism and sepulchral ambience, and into the world of rhythmic pop minimalism, and features Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara on drums, adding greater layers to the compositions – creating an intense, dynamic atmosphere, and a captivating listen from start to finish.
She plays in Dublin’s Bello Bar on Thursday 02.02.2017, marking her debut solo performance in the Republic. with special guests TBA. We hope you’ll join us.
Early Bird Tickets €12 [plus booking fee] available above
Regular Tickets €15 [plus booking fee] available above and on the door
“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.” – Stereogum
“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.” – Pitchfork
“a gorgeous album from start to finish, and it’s impressive how captivating it is for something that’s often so minimal.” – Brooklyn Vegan