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Sarah Zar / Press

“I'm really digging this. I love dark ambient stuff, of course, but to a more detailed point I really enjoy the vibe the vocals ride (that sense that almost coalesces into something like a singalong but holds back tantalizingly) and I enjoyed the subtle slow-crawl towards clarity that occurs throughout the track.”

"Shayfer James....The team toured throughout the Northeast U.S. playing occasionally with renowned saw player Sarah Zar.."

"Sarah Zar is playing a saw with an antler attached to the tip in place of the usual wooden cheat. It adds a wonderful visual flair; the saw becomes a totem, with a gypsy taste of forests and hunting."

Linus Gelber - Lost Circus

"Franz Nicolay on the Accordion and Sarah Zar on the Singing Saw...Surreal, emotional voyage thru a series of characters dancing in a void of attachment."

"I don't think I've got words that can do this song justice. It's clever, beautiful and exploding with raw talent. Don't let the shortness of it turn you away - I've listened to it several times over and over again. It's got a great carousel/gypsy vibe to it and can keep your head bobbing well after the song has finished!" -{About "La Cumprasita", by The Torcher Chamber Ensemble}

"Yula Be'eri and the Extended Family a funky, punky, cross over to all jenre's group of very talented musicians...I would say it is music that will make you feel good, jump dance and just admire what you are seeing from the stage. They are more then just music they are an experience. They had the dance floor at the Rockwood Music Hall "jumping"...and the Rockwood doesn't have a dance floor! .. The ensemble of the horns, guitar, bass and keys and Sarah whalin' away on musical saw, and the change in tempo keeps you focused, thinking "what next" from this projection of music and emotion you are seeing and hearing...They just knocked me over and will do the same to you. Charming ladies, accomplished musicians, hard hitting lyrics and a KO sound...get out and see them!

"Slower songs like Insincerely Yours made up for pace with unbridled passion and stellar performance by all the members while up-tempos boasted bombastic rhythms that kept bodies moving."

"A woven cloth of dreams as songs spoken from beyond the murky deep. Squeeze box serenades, sighing saw, feathers, the swelling of threads and otherworldly facades will converge. "

"The pieces ran from the decorative (the striking wall drawings), to the obsessively intricate (Chris Harvey's plastic found objects altar piece), to the whimsical (tea bags on the columns' astragals), to the complexly interactive (Sarah Gonek [Zar]'s "Lady of the Brambles")... to the touchingly accidental (Teddy Adams asleep in a folding chair). ... the many people from the community, artists & plain (& not so plain) citizens wandering about, talking, meeting friends, sipping wine, chasing their kids."

"The participating lineup is a kind of local who’s who of the edgy side of the local arts scene: In addition to Oatman, Cooley and Bustamante, this includes William R. Bergman, Colleen Cox, Jan Galligan, Sarah Gonek (Zar), Allen Grindle, Chris Harvey, Mindy McDaniel, Lillian Mulero, Fernando David Orellana and Jack Zazlo."