BIO: Sara Landeau is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, producer, composer, and artist based in NYC. She has worked across a broad spectrum of experimental music mediums.
She is a founding member, co-songwriter, and lead guitarist of The Julie Ruin with Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill/Le Tigre) and has released acclaimed albums on Hardly Art Records (SubPop), achieved top 10 chart hits, radio and television appearances, a number 1 on CMJ charts, and music in films and commercials.
In 2004, she started Brooklyn Music School for Women and Girls which offers music lessons in electric guitar, bass, rock drums, and electronics. She is a proponent of equality for women and believes in the ideology of self-improvement and empowerment through education.
The recipient of 2019 Max Matthews Sound Artist Artist award from Brooklyn College, the 2019 Cycling 74 Max Expo Grant, Women in Computer Music Scholarship Stanford, 2019, and an award-winning educator with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, she has also performed as a solo electro-acoustic composer and guitarist. Her performances often include custom instruments and sonic sculptures utilizing electro-conductive materials such as paint and threads with sounds and compositions created in Max MSP. She has studied with Morton Subotnick, Marina Rosenfeld, and David Grubbs while receiving an MFA in Sonic Arts at Brooklyn College.
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 album ‘Run Fast” 2015 as #3 in their top ten albums of the year.
PhD Ethnomusicology, Santa Barbara CA (ongoing) Fall 2021
M.F.A., Sonic Arts, Brooklyn College, NY 2019
B.A., Art History, Columbia University, NY, 2002
(other) 2018 Pro Tools Audio Certified, courses at The Juilliard School
Brooklyn College, CUNY NYC, Adjunct Professor of Music
Montclair State University, NJ Adjunct Professor of Music
Graduate Classes taught, Brooklyn College Spring 2020:
"Sonic Arts Composition - Analysis of Pink Noises"
"Advanced Guitar Theory"
Music History Courses, Current 2016- present
"Music: Its Language, History, and Culture”
"Music in Global America"
"Rap and Rock as a Cultural Phenomena"
Brooklyn Music Studio for Women and Girls, owner NYC 2003-present
Private and Group Instrument Instructor: Guitar, Bass
Lessonface, guitar teacher 2013-present
Private, Group, Masterclasses
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls NYC/Girls Rock Camp Alliance 2005 - present
Band Coach, Guitar Teacher, Pedal Workshops
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
Adorama/42 West https://www.adorama.com/alc/article_author/sara-landeau
She Shreds- Online and Print Edition Guitar Lesson Features
Tom Tom Magazine -Drummers/Music/Feminism https://tomtommag.com/2016/09/new-web-series-bit-rosie/
The Punk Singer 2017: (writer/performer) Blueberry Island, Ha Ha, Run Fast https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1785612/soundtrack
Skin the Wire 2019 (writer/performer) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8998654/
Producer/Tracking/Mixing: (selected bands)
Penis, Gangbox, Nevva, Pink Veins, Petal War, The Catch, Chopstick Flytraps, Massacara, and many more
Actor: Film Mona Lisa Smiles: role as guitarist 2003 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304415/
Bridget Everett and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray the Musical) “Rock Bottom” - bassist
CBGB's, NYC 1996-2007 Bartender