Sarah Fimm was born amidst a tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jewish parents – a rare occurrence in the Bible belt. Her grandmother Lilly is a survivor of the holocaust, and her story is one of resilience, strength, and adherence to tradition.Her wedding gown, which was made from parachute scraps in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons camp during the aftermath of WWII, was temporarily on display in the Bergen Belsen Museum in Hanover and currently resides at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Lilly is an important source of inspiration for Sarah in both her life and music.
Sarah’s music has a dark, chaotic mixture of rock and pop with alternative influences. Her sound is colored with smooth, melodic rock fused with thick ethereal electronic grooves and haunting vocals. A prolific artist who draws influences as varied as Bach, Chopin, Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Tori Amos and Alice In Chains, she has independently released seven albums to date.
Teaching herself to play piano as a child, Sarah penned her first song at the tender age of 14. She is first and foremost a piano player; her earlier works are largely based around the instrument, and incorporate some elements that would appear more in future records. During a troubled adolescence outside Stamford, Connecticut, Sarah continued to study piano on her own while immersing herself in songwriting. “My teenage years made me even more determined to do something special with music and not just let my life fall apart at sixteen,” she says. Once out of high school, Sarah attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied electronic and world music. She has since expanded to using analog synthesizers, the clavichord, celesta, vibraphone, pump organs, and anything she can get her hands on.
Sarah’s debut album Cocooned (2001) received extensive radio airplay on over 500 college and commercial stations, and saw six #1 hits on MP3.com’s Alternative charts. Billboard Magazine gave high praise to four of her fiercely independent releases, calling her 2002 sophomore album, A Perfect Dream, “one of the most enchanting discoveries of the year.” Her third release, Nexus, was named one of Rolling Stone’s top ten albums of 2004, alongside major label artists Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, and David Byrne.
Following the success of these releases, Sarah toured with Peter Murphy of the iconic rock group Bauhaus in 2005, and with electronica band Delerium in 2008. In 2009, she released the six-song EP White Birds, the studio album Red Yellow Sun, and a collection of B-sides and remixes called The Vanishing Sessions (B-Sides Part I).
In 2010, Sarah launched what would become the ‘Karma Phala Music Project.’ This collection of 31 tracks (including three from her upcoming release), photography, artwork – Sarah is an avid painter – and a personal message, is being given away for free. The project, which has been downloaded over 100,000 times on file sharing sites, is also available on a free 1GB thumb drive to anyone that agrees to pass it forward.
Sarah’s songs have been licensed to television shows on networks like MTV, Lifetime, and VH1 and featured in several motion pictures. She has recorded with artists like Peter Murphy, Leigh Nash, and Iggy Pop on yet to be released versions of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘La Javanaise’ and ‘Et Si Tu N`Existais Pas.’
In May of 2011, Sarah released her seventh independent album, Near Infinite Possibility, to great praise. On this release, Sarah layers her electronic/ambient signature sound with slightly bolder elements from rock and Gothic artists who have inspired her for years. Lyrically, the album follows suit with Sarah’s previous releases, exploring messages of longing, isolation, and love.
Produced by David Baron of Edison Music, Mixed by D. James Goodwin and Rich Travali, and mastered by Greg Calbi, Fimm’s latest album features the talents of renowned musicians Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Danny Blume (Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Jill Sobule), Paul Bushnell (Tracy Chapman, Luciano PavarottI), Sara Lee (the B-52s), Sterling Campbell (Eric Clapton, B-52s, David Byrne) and more.
In 2012, she plans to release The Barn Sessions EP, a collection on USB of an acoustic recording session held in a barn in Woodstock, NY. The USB is set to include audio, video, photos, and more.
Sarah is now working hard a new endeavor called INSPIRE. The initiative is meant to encourage others to create music, art, and forms of creative expression for inspiring change in the world of human rights.
To read more go to: http://www.sarahfimm.com/inspire