From Brooklyn, New York
Sara Landeau is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, producer, composer, and artist living in NYC. She is a proponent of equality for women, and believes in the ideology of self-improvement through education.
The Julie Ruin features Sara Landeau on guitars, Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Kathi Wilcox on bass, Carmine Covelli on drums, and Kenny Mellman on keyboards.
Live performances headlining tours or as part of world festivals include the US, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Australia, Tasmania, and more. Television performances include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Seth Meyers Show, and Carson Daly Show.
Reviews and interviews include New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Timeout, Esquire, Big Takeover, NME, Pitchfork, Fader, Consequence of Sound, Flaunt, Bust, and dozens of US, European, and world newspapers and online journals.
College Music Journal (CMJ) listed song “I Decide” #1 in 2017. Rolling Stone listed song ‘Run Fast” 2015 as #3 in their top ten albums of the year.
The intrinsic aspect of these works are the
contradictions created between the “soft”
interfaces of the embroidered, painted, or haptic
instruments and the loud and immersive
soundscape that they produce.
The study of contrasts is important not only as a tool to define the focus, but the various composites can suggest the idea of opposites in the subject matter.. Various realities form in the new musical environments, and point to highly constructed situations which will help to reflect certain beliefs within a society.
Embroidery and knitting are crafts
generally associated with female labor
and folk tradition. Through the use of
these techniques the artwork intends to
re-evaluate these crafts as a valid
contemporary form of expression, while
combining them with technological
features and the use of physical
computing, in order to create a tangible
“soft” interface that controls and
Solo/Soundcloud music : Experimental sounds, clips, drones, trinkets, rhythms, guitars with pedals or prepared, and other sonic compositions.
Works examine the process, materials, and methods of the electric guitar. Colors, textures and harmonic impurities are explored. Short circuits and noise, crackling, feedback, and other electrical overflowings are embraced. New pieces include Etude for Four Electronic Guitars.
Selected SOLO EXHIBITS AND SONIC EVENTS
The Kitchen, New York City with The Raincoats and Bikini Kill 2018
Bullet Space with Tina Havelock, (2018 Australian Blake Prize Winner)
Shapeshifter Lab, Electroacoustic Fest, Brooklyn NY
Tow Center for the Arts, Brooklyn NY
Muchmores, Brooklyn NY
Fierstein Studios, Brooklyn NY
Cb’s 313 Gallery, New York NY
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and AWARDS (selected)
2019 Women in Computer Music Scholarship for Supercollider, Stanford University
2019 Max Matthews Sound Art Award , Brooklyn College 2019 Cycling 74 Max Expo Grant
2015 Girls Rock Camp Alliance, USA: Artists and Activists Award
Sponsors include Fender Guitars
She Shreds Magazine -Magazine dedicated to female guitarists
Tom Tom Magazine - Drummers/Music/Feminism
ADORAMA (ALC) LEARNING SERIES - Recording and Audio Gear/Guitars/Reviews
MUSIC PLACEMENT (selected)
2015 The Punk Singer feature film soundtrack
2016 Advil, Super Bowl commercial placement
2017 Advil, commercial, France
2016 High Maintenance (HBO)
2017 Tour Without End feature film soundtrack
2006 Mona Lisa Smiles feature film, starring Julia Roberts, role as guitarist
M.F.A., Sonic Arts, Brooklyn College, NY 2019
Concentration: Electroacoustic music and production
Thesis: A Study in Contrasts: Prepared Instruments and Audiovisual Composition
Thesis Advisor: Marina Rosenfeld
Additional studies with Morton Subotnick, Doug Geers, David Grubbs
B.A., Art History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2002
Concentration: Modern Art
(other) The Juilliard School 2003-2005 Courses: music theory, audio technology, guitar 2018 Pro Tools Audio/DAW Certified
As a music instructor in New York City for 15 years, and with around 10,000 hours of classroom time, I have helped hundreds of students to perform professional level work. I have a background in music theory, electric and acoustic guitar studies, drums, bass guitar, ear training, sight reading, as well as analog and digital signal flow, songwriting, and creating music for video or visuals. My teaching consistently focuses on helping women and girls achieve their musical goals. The majority of my students are adults, many looking for a comfortable environment to learn an instrument for the first time.
Adjunct Professor, History of Music.
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY,
Music History Course: “Music: Its Language, History, and Culture”
Music Faculty, Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn, New York,
2018 - present
Member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
Teaches Guitar, Drums, Piano, Voice
Sara Landeau Studio, Brooklyn, New York,
PencilWorks Building, Brooklyn NY 11222
Individual and Group Private Music Lessons
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Songwriting, Music Theory
Group workshops created for women include: Chicks With Picks, Iron Maidens, and Bitches Brew
Guitar Instructor, Chicks With Picks Workshops, Lessonface, NYC location 2015-18
Band Coach, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, 2005 - 2015
Music Instructor, Gowanus Music Club, Brooklyn NY, 2011-2018
Music Instructor, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, summer 2017
"You're the best drum teacher on earth! You made learning to read drum notation fun. And you gave me the confidence to flow from time to fills back to time. And to gig out after only playing a kit for less than 6 months! You gave me superpowers and I love you forever for all of that generosity and detailed lessons and HW. You have always inspired me so. My shero! Thank you forever! "
" I will never forget your flyer, that drew me to you, right away. I knew you were "my Teacher." Not verbatim, but I would love a copy if you still have one. Here goes . . . Are you tired of male guitar teachers showing you how to play an Eric Clapton riff . . . Women of all ages encouraged to call. Thank goodness I did. You helped me find, "my voice," the greatest gift anyone can be given. Thank you. Oh, and you are the best friggin' guitar teacher in the Universe!" - Elaine
"Along with teaching me scales, music theory, guitar techniques, mastering pedals and new chords, Sara has also taught me confidence and strength. She offers inspiring advice about conquering song writing ruts, she's easy to talk to, patient, and hilariously funny. She customized lessons catering to what I was interested in learning and instilled good habits. Sara is a talented musician, courage giver, performance coach, style idol, trusted punk rock sage, and wonderful friend."- - Marisha
Sara Landeau Studios is open all year round and located in the Pencil Works Building, Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. Location is 61 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11222. Please email for hourly rates for guitar, bass, drum lessons, or seasonal workshops.
Available for lessons Tuesday - Saturdays, Fall 2019.