SARAH NEUFELD (w/LEANNE ZACHARIAS)

  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 54 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H2 Canada

Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld tours in support of her new album The Ridge. With opening act the eclectic Manitoban cellist Leanne Zacharias.

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Many of you will recognize Sarah Neufeld as a member of the Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, but this show taps into Neufeld's independent persona, as a formidable violinist and surprising vocalist. The last time she performed in KW was four years ago with Colin Stetson; they have since recorded an album that was nominated for the Polaris Prize. This show, however, marks the February 2016 release of her new solo album, The Ridge, which has already been remixed by Kid Koala. While still recognizing her early influences, among them Steve Reich, Bela Bartok and Iva Bittova, she goes further afield into her own flavour of minimalism inflected with a stronger rhythmic feel.

Opening act Leanne Zacharias is one of Canada's most eclectic and adventurous instrumentalists. The music she plays on her cello is full of surprises and challenges. Be brave, and tag along on her experimental sonic journey.

SARAH NEUFELD | Violin, Vocals

Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in Montréal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, and most recently as half of an exciting new duo with renowned 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. Neufeld counts Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova and Arthur Russell among the formative influences for her solo work, in tandem with an ear for the textures and sensibilities of contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk and indie rock music. Neufeld's debut solo album Hero Brother, released August 20/2013 on Constellation Records, indeed channels all of the above, flowing through shifting atmospheres and oscillating between restrained, stately ambience, emotive études, and raw kinetic energy. Small touches of wordless vocalisation, harmonium and piano supplant the violin in a few places. The album was recorded in Berlin by pianist and producer Nils Frahm, with Neufeld's performances captured in a number of locations with sitespecific acoustics, including an abandoned geodesic dome. Neufeld has recently finished a second full length album, to be released in early 2016. It is a body of work that sees Neufeld moving away from Hero Brother's classical minimalism and sepulchral ambience, and into the world of rhythmic pop minimalism. The new album employs more emphasis on vocalizations than Neufeld's previous works; the interplay between Neufeld’s voice and violin has become strongly integrated and narrative. The album also 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. In addition to touring as a duo with Colin Stetson throughout 2015, Neufeld will be touring extensively as a soloist, in support her upcoming sophomore release in 2016. sarahneufeldmusic.com

LEANNE ZACHARIAS | Cello

Cellist Leanne Zacharias is a dynamic interdisciplinary artist known for collaborations with artists of all stripes. Her project Music for Spaces re-imagines public and natural space with sound; recent work includes CityWide: simultaneous recitals by 50 cellists opening the International Cello Festival of Canada, Sonus Loci: a sound installation on ice, selected by Winnipeg’s Warming Huts Art/Architecture competition, and Wheat City Nuit Blanche. An intrepid soloist, she was recently nominated for ‘Best Performer’ by the Austin Critic’s Table for River Measures: a solo series along the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. Numerous premieres include Pat Carrabre’s Prairie Sky for Cello and Symphonic Band, Concerto Laguna –performed from a rowboat - by Travis Weller and recordings with songwriters Christine Fellows, John K Samson, the Mountain Goats and percussionists Ben Reimer and Eric Platz. 2016 includes a new recording project with composer Nicole Lizee and artist residency in Skagastrond, Iceland.

On faculty at Brandon University, Leanne is a popular educator and speaker, with recent appearances at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Parsons School of Design in New York. www.leannezacharias.com

STEFAN SCHNEIDER | Drums

Stefan Schneider is a Montreal based drummer. After receiving a B.Mus at McGill University he became a founding member of the Juno award winning instrumental group Bell Orchestre along with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Sarah Neufeld. 

He has recorded and toured extensively in North America and Europe with bands including Thus Owls, Land of Talk, Jorane, Patrick Watson, The Luyas, Amon Tobin, and Gentleman Reg. He is a founding member of Toronto's Queer Songbook Orchestra as well as part of Richard Reed Parry's new trio project called Quiet River of Dust.