ENSEMBLES

Below are some of the groups with whom Sara regularly performs.

Sara Caswell Quartet

Sara Caswell “is a brilliant world-class violinist…one of the very best of the present generation of emerging young jazz stars” according to David Baker, internationally-renowned jazz educator and Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Rooted in an early exposure to a variety of musical genres, Sara’s technical facility on the violin intertwined with her gift for lyricism continues to attract growing attention to her artistry as a jazz soloist, sideman, and teacher…

Sara Caswell, violin
Jesse Lewis, guitar
Ike Sturm, bass
Jared Schonig, drums

Photo credit: Emma Mead


Caswell Sisters

The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, are the culmination of years of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique interpretation of repertoire ranging from the “Great American Songbook” to contemporary jazz, including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation. Rachel and Sara co-lead the Caswell Sisters Quintet and have recently recorded a CD project with acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch…

www.caswellsisters.com

Album personnel:
Rachel Caswell, vocals
Sara Caswell, violin
Fred Hersch, piano
Jeremy Allen, bass
Bryson Kern, drums

Photo credit: John Abbott


9-horses-promo9 Horses

9 Horses is comprised of Joe Brent (mandolin), Sara Caswell (violin), and Shawn Conley (bass), leading lights on their instruments who create a unique and gorgeous blend of instrumental virtuosity. Brent’s indie-pop sensibility, combined with Caswell’s jazz-inspired lyricism and Conley’s extraordinary virtuosity, is at once a breathtaking display of color, melody, and rhythmic drive.

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Joe Brent, mandolin
Sara Caswell, violin
Shawn Conley, bass

Photo credit: Emma Mead


david-krakauerDavid Krakauer’s The Big Picture

A multi-media production that explores Jewish identity through quintessential movies from the past 50 years. Accompanied by original films created by Light of Day for this show, this cinematic concert tells Krakauer’s story of cultural heritage in an artful marriage of music and the moving image.

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David Krakauer, clarinet
Sara Caswell, violin
Rob Schwimmer, piano/theremin
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
Bradley Jones, bass
John Hadfield, drums/percussion


Nadje Noordhuis

Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own…

www.nadjenoordhuis.com

Album personnel:
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet/flugelhorn/compositions
Sara Caswell, violin
Geoffrey Keezer, piano
Joe Martin, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums

Photo credit: Mireya Acierto


fireworks_medresFireworks Ensemble

A small ensemble with a huge musical vocabulary, Fireworks Ensemble is helping to redefine the chamber music experience with its distinctively American, brazenly inclusive approach to repertoire.

www.fireworksensemble.org

Brian Coughlin, bass
Sara Caswell, violin
Robert Burkhart, cello
Alex Goodman, guitar
Red Wierenga, piano/accordian
David Mancuso, percussion

Photo credit: Erika Kapin


Roseanna Vitro

Nominated for a 2012 Grammy for her album “The Music of Randy Newman,” jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro is a storyteller with a penchant for touching audiences through her soulful, inventive, and swinging singing.

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Roseanna Vitro, vocals
Mark Soskin, piano
Sara Caswell, violin
Dean Johnson, bass
Tim Horner, drums

Photo credit: John Abbott


mark-shilanskyMark Shilansky’s Fugue Mill

Fugue Mill weaves jazz through the fabric of Americana, world, and classical music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of musical and improvisational styles. Violin and mandolin augment the quartet of piano, guitar, bass, and drums, creating a transparent palette of improvisation and counterpoint.

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Mark Shilansky, piano/voice
Sara Caswell, violin
Jason Anick, mandolin
Eric Byers, guitar
Greg Loughman, bass
Steve Langone, drums/percussion
Kathleen Flynn, soprano voice


rose-nightengale-NEWRose & the Nightingale

Rose & the Nightingale is a New York City-based quartet of world-class improvising vocalists and instrumentalists, creating beautiful and unique genre-defying music, full of melody, harmony, and energetic expression. Rose & the Nightingale’s current concert, “The Spirit of the Garden,” inspired by Botanic Gardens, blurs the boundaries of world music, folk, and jazz improvisation. The performance integrates poetry about gardens and nature as the lyrics to the songs, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads through the concert. Rose & the Nightingale live performances have proven to uplift audiences with the power of the quartet’s fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength…

roseandthenightingale.com

Jody Redhage, cello, vocals, compositions
Sara Caswell, violin & mandolin
Laila Biali, piano & vocals
Leala Cyr, vocals & trumpet

Photo credit: Emma Mead


Gene Bertoncini & Sara Caswell (duo/trio/quartet)

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of Jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, and Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Edyie Gormé…

www.genebertoncini.com

Gene Bertoncini, guitar
Sara Caswell, violin

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart