Sarah is the guitarist and singer of Savoir Faire, which sprouted from what was once just solo performances of vintage jazz standards. Though her college studies focused mainly on jazz guitar, she hopes to combine her experience in rock, jazz, blues, and classical music toward new and original compositions. Sarah finds inspiration everywhere from Kimbra, Fiona Apple, Muse, Joe Pass, and the late great Ella Fitzgerald. She finds that working with a band offers unique opportunities to diversify the role of the guitar, while solo performances offer a chance to arrange intimate entwinements of voice and guitar. Sarah spends much of her time teaching, as she believes that an arts education plays a critical part in social and creative development.
“The line between inspiration and innovation is hard to define sometimes, but it’s the pooling from various corners of inspiration that works best for me. I spent so long just covering jazz standards because I was afraid to perform my originals without copying old ideas- or having boring new ones!”
“I don’t write love songs. That’s not to say that they aren’t important, because of course there is a reason that most songs are love songs! I suppose it’s that a) love comes in many forms, and it doesn’t have to be a romantic ballad to express love, and b) I feel that young girls today are so bombarded with that. Grab a guitar and write about your crush. There is a lot going on in the world today, and music needs to express that, too.”