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Bernstein, Sarah: Exolinger (577 Records)

Recorded in the studio as an urgent response to the latent unease in the time of pandemic and political dissent, NY poet, violinist, composer and improviser Sarah Bernstein uses washes of distorted violin, ecstatic vocalizations, and poetic spoken word, an expression of immediacy and tension between extremes, a personal and articulate set of observational expressions.

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UPC: 736952028426

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5842
Squidco Product Code: 29603

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Sear Sound, in New York City, on January 20th, 2020, by Jeremy Loucas.


Sarah Bernstein-violin, voice, effects, text

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"Sarah Bernstein is a poet, violinist, composer and fearless improviser, widely recognized for her relentlessly creative and boundary-pushing jazz music, and recently awarded 2020's "Rising Star Violinist" by DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll.

Performing solo under the moniker Exolinger, Bernstein has been steadily focusing on the concepts captured by this recording: washes of distorted violin in long echoes, ecstatic vocalizations, and poetic spoken word, an expression of immediacy and a palpable tension between extremes. The music is fully improvised, loud and intense, maintaining the experimental, slow-building and otherworldly sounds that characterized her previous collaborative albums with Kid Millions like Broken Fall and 'Tense Life' (577 Records).

Like the projects from Kid Millions/Sarah Bernstein, Exolinger features simultaneous performances of vocals, violin, electronics and words, and was entirely recorded live in studio, with the exception of the vocals on "Tree" and "We Coast" which were added at home during quarantine. The album is an urgent response to the latent unease of our current moment, affirming unsettling feelings while offering the sort of transporting mystery that Bernstein has long imbued with her innovative work."-577

Artist Biographies

"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 leads bands, performs solo, and collaborates with artists in avant-jazz, chamber music, experimental pop and noise. Nominated in the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll for the past five years, Bernstein is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her approach merges post-tonal and polyrhythmic melody with sonic exploration and raw emotion. In addition to live performance, Bernstein's music is featured on radio programs, podcasts, and film scores. She is originally from San Francisco, CA."

-Sarah Bernstein Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Carry This 2:33

2. Ratiociantions 6:17

3. Tree 2:24

4. Ghosts Become Crowds 5:19

5. The Plot 14:05

6. Through Havoc 5:36

7. We Coast 3:25

8. Whirling Statue 4:06

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Stringed Instruments
Unusual Vocal Forms
Spoken Word
Solo Artist Recordings

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