T R E A D I N G W A T E R
a song cycle
Music by Sarah Goldfeather
Text by Dr. David Burns (founder of Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy), Kay Ryan, and Lydia Davis.
Commissioned by Contemporaneous
“Endless Cycle” is a new song cycle from composer and singer Sarah Goldfeather’s, commissioned by Contemporaneous. The work will be based around the theme of cognitive distortions and obsessive and inert thoughts, using selected texts from Dr. David Burns (the founder of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Kay Ryan, and Lydia Davis, among other contemporary writers.
Goldfeather comes from a unique musical background — as a violinist, she is steeped in contemporary music, but as a singer, she performs most often in the indie-folk world. The piece will therefore be folk-influenced, not unlike some of the later music she has written for her band, Goldfeather, but with an evident new music influence in both structure and orchestration.
The song-cycle will be 25-35 minutes in length, featuring Sarah singing with an ensemble of roughly 16 players. It will be broken up into several movements that can be performed separately or all as one unified work. Selections from the work in progress will be premiered in 2018 by Sarah and Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble, and the full cycle will be premiered in 2018-2019 season.
Sarah Goldfeather is a composer-performer who writes music for her eponymous indie-folk band, Goldfeather, her soprano-violin duo, Cipher, and beyond. Her music has been featured on the Ecstatic Music Festival and Mata Interval Series in New York, WQXR, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented by Eighth Blackbird, the Times Two Series in Boston, Berlin, and across the midwest and California. Sarah’s music for Goldfeather is featured on their newest album, Patchwork Quilt (2016), and their EP, Goldfeather (2014). Sarah is also the founder, co-director and violinist of the seven-piece new music ensemble, Exceptet, for which she is writing a piece to be premiered in 2018. As a violinist, Sarah has worked closely with many artists, including Julia Wolfe, Chris Cerrone, Timo Andres, Beth Morrison Projects, Todd Almond, Courtney Love, Kishi Bashi, and groups such as Ensemble Signal, The Princeton Symphony, Contemporaneous, and more. She was featured in the 2015 TEDxMET series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and curated and performed in concerts for La Asociación de Música Electroacústica y Arte Sonoro de España in Madrid and Valencia, Spain, as well as the String Theories Festival at Roulette in Brooklyn, New York.