SARA SO FAR
Sara So Far (The Netherlands/Belgium) started singing and writing songs as a young child. As she grew up, songs kept coming and it became clear to her that music was to be her life. In 2004 Sara decided to study jazz singing and moved to Brussels to study with David Linx, acquiring a Master’s Degree in jazz. She followed masterclasses and courses in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands with singers such as Deborah Carter, Sheila Jordan, Gloria Cooper, Judy Niemack, Anette von Eichel, Fay Claassen, Sidsel Endresen and Catherin Sadolin.
For a good number of years Sara So Far has been performing and recording with several band formations and as a solo artist mainly in Belgium, The Netherlands and surrounding countries, while also being a passionate teacher (voice, piano and music in general). In 2016, she did a concert tour with fellow jazz musicians in Taiwan and now lives in Cyprus with her husband and three children, where she has been performing at multiple venues around the island with Cyprus’ own great jazz musicians. From 2018 onwards, besides performing with her band, Sara has been collaborating with bassist Cahit Kutrafalı. They give concerts as a Bass & Voice duo, using live looping and improvisation, drawing from a rich repertoire of different genres.
As a singer, Sara So Far is known for her warm voice, excellent ear and love for improvisation. Each concert is likely to be totally different from the next. As a composer, Sara touches her audience with depth and melodic creativity which form -combined with the harmonies of her piano playing and the groove of her band- an altogether refreshing and original sound. When performing solo, she seeks to get the most out of the piano, while occasionally leaving the keys aside to present some voice-only repertoire, turning to the art of live looping while also using other instruments. For those few poets hidden in the audience there is always a lot to mull over, as Sara So Far is mad for poetry and seeks to write lyrics that have the music in them before they are heard.
In March 2020, Sara will be recording an album in Nicosia, Cyprus, to mark her years of creative collaboration with jazz musicians in Cyprus.