November 01, 2016
Secondary Dominance premiered at PROTOTYPE Festival January 2017. Look out for Record Release this December! 
September 18, 2015
Exciting news: Next month, I’ll be concert w/ ------KRONOS QUARTET------Brooklyn Youth Chorus------ 

and Black Sea Hotel...   I wrote some new music and we’re performing it. Holy Moly Moly Moly. 



A one-movement excerpt will premiere next month:


National Sawdust: 7pm on Tuesday, October 6th

Black Sea Hotel + Brooklyn Youth Chorus + ACME String Quartet
Other composers/performers this event will be multi-instrumentalist Arcade Fire
member, Richard Reed ParryPaola Prestini Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw

80 North 6th St.

Williamsburg, NY 11249

Admission: $25 



St. Ann’s Warehouse: 8pand 12pm on Saturday, October 17th

Black Sea Hotel, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Kronos Quartet 

Will be in company w/ some insanely awesome prolific composers!
(not allowed to publicize names now)

45 Water Street

Dumbo, NY 11201

Admission: Evening Concet: $26 - $41

(there is also a free matinee show at 12pm)


May 08, 2015
Dear California, 
We can’t wait to sing on you. Choose a city and a date below and we'll see you there in song. 
Love, Sarah (and her Black Sea Hotel singing partners, Shelley and Willa)

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Village Homes Community Center in Davis, CA

Hosted by Timna-Tal Music
Doors: 8:00pm
Location: Village Homes Community Center
Address: 2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA 95616
Admission: $13 in advance, $17 at the door
Website | Facebook Invite

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Concert + Brunch at The Flight Deck

Time: 10:00am Brunch; 11:00am Concert
Location: The Flight Deck
Address: 1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Admission: $10, kids $5
Website | Facebook Invite | Event Brite Tickets

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Performance with True Life Trio

Doors: 6:30pm; Set Time: 7:00pm
Location: Open Door United Methodist Church
Address: 6226 Arlington Blvd, Richmond, CA 94805
Admission: $10-$25 suggested donation
Facebook Invite

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
House Concert at the Manfrina Residence, Lompoc, CA

Doors: 6:30pm; Concert: 7:00pm
Location: The Manfrina Residence
Address: 506 E. Olive Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Admission: $15-$20 suggested donation
Facebook Invite
We've been featured in the May Edition of the Lompoc Vision for our concert in Shelley's hometown! Here's the link.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Piano Kitchen, Santa Barbara, CA

Set Time: 8:00pm
Location: The Piano Kitchen
Address: 430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Admission: $15 suggested donation
Piano Kitchen Facebook Page

Friday, May 15, 2015
Toy Factory Lofts, Los Angeles, CA

With The Georgian Choir from the City of Angels
Doors: 7:00pm; Set Time: 8:00pm
Location: Toy Factory Lofts
Address: 1855 Industrial Street, Suite 512, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Admission: $10-$15 suggested donation
Facebook Event

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Joshua Tree Music Festival

Set Time: TBA
Location: Joshua Tree Lake Campground
Address: 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Admission: Single Day Pass - $90; Three Day Pass - $160
Website | Facebook Invite
March 31, 2015

The Delirium House is finally coming together! The Founders Committee meetings are more and more frequent, and we're all pretty F-ING (pardon my foreign language- it's not French) excited. The lovely Vanessa Upegui will be producing and hosting a series of six 4-course cocktail-supplemented dinner parties (Grazelist) to Founders raise money to help create awildlife sanctuary in the Amazon. So far as I understand it, she will be building immersive environments with music and movement to illustrate and celebrate various South American regions, as listed below:

Saturdays @ 6:00pm in April and May: 4/4 (Brazil), 4/11 (Venezuela), 4/18 (Peru), 4/25 (Bolivia), 5/2 (Ecuador) and 5/23 (TBA). $135 - All Proceeds will go to Jungle Keepers
March 30, 2015

Black Sea Hotel in Times Square After Silk Road Recording Session - 3/9/15 

Black Sea Hotel has spent the last few months brewing up a California tour to take place in mid-May. Before heading west, we will first be traveling into NYC for two gigs next month. In the first one, we are the opening act in support of 36th Shelley and Willa's other project, Hilka, whose release event will take place at the Ukrainian Museum (if you've yet to hear Ukrainian music, I highly recommend hearing Hilka - it's wild material!). Black Sea Hotel's second April show second April show will be at our ever-favorite, go-to Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg; It will feel like we're performing for you in your own home, five feet away from your face, in Pete's tiny, lovely, red-velvet 'living-room vibe-d' performance space.

Sat. 4/25 @ 7pm - Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003
Tues. 4/28 @ 7pm - Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
March 30, 2015

Incubating Jessica Brainstorm with Dorian Wolf Via Skype - 2/27/15

My honest truth is that I almost decided not to publicize this at all. Scared. Brand new. As of three days ago, Dorian and I had actually never been in a room together (other than having met in a theater watching "Butter on the Latch" together at last year's Berlinale). Over this past weekend, we finally got to rehearse and play together in the same room!

As you know I’ve been talking about the Jessica Brainstorm project for a number of years now… in search of a collaborator with whom to bloom my song sketches. Although JB is still in utero, it recently induced early birthing with two back-to-back shows at Pete's Candy Store (March 28th) and Shapeshifter Lab (March 29th). Dorian and I only tackled two songs (a 10-minute long set in total).

Sarah Small and Toronto-based Dorian Wolf (Austra) explore electronic and vocal layerings and dark thick harmonic experimentation, with influences ranging from Balkan vocal traditions to contemporary dream pop. Think Medieval Renaissance meets Bjork meets NIN meets Massive Attack meets Reilly meets Les Mystere De Voix Bulgares meets Raffi’s Children's Music meets classic rock+roll meets Primus meets who knows what...

Sat. 3/28 @ 7:20pm - Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Sun. 3/29 @ 7:30pm - Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
March 18, 2015
Butter on the Latch

I know several of you have been asking. At last, the beautiful and terrifying "Butter on the Latch" is Now Available on AmazonFandor, and iTunes… I forgot to share this a few months back when we learned that the film got distribution. For those of you new here, this is a feature film, in which I play the (creepy) lead role, directed by the deliriously-talented Josephine Decker.
March 16, 2015

Making Muscles, as requested by the Interviewer, Jeff, is that right, Jeff? :-) in my Williamsburg Living Room Post-Interview, 9/26/14  | photo: Jeff Wengrofsky

Jeff Wengrofsky came over to my apartment this past September and interviewed me for his radio show, Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, which just aired on Ukrainian National Radio. The broadcast was on Wednesday 3/11 and Sunday 3/15 at 8:00pm EST from Ukraine via I-RADIO. I haven't actually yet listened to it myself. Gonna do that this week! If you'd like to listen (maybe even before I have a chance to), here's the archived interview (looks like you actually have to scroll to the bottom of the page and type in my name in the search field).
March 08, 2015

The weekend of March 7th, 2015, Black Sea Hotel had the tremendous honor of rehearsing and recording with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble… We basked in some downright stunning musicality - all of which was so sensitive, so focused - so much love was offered in every single graceful note.

Johnny Gandelsman (co-producer of this record / violinist for Brooklyn Rider / Silk Road Ensemble) invited us to record my vocal arrangement Sadila Jana in collaboration with Kyle Sanna, who was commissioned to create the instrumental arrangement for it. It is heavenly. It consists of violin (Colin Jacobsen), viola (Nicholas Cords), Shakuhachi (Kojiro Umezaki), and cello (Yo-Yo). 
February 27, 2015

Dan Branigan, The Hive, 2-28-15  |  photo: Yula Be'eri  & Hydra, The Box, 6-7-12  |  photo: Meredith Traux 6-7-12

In February 2015, Hydra participated in an impromptu collaboration with Dan Branigan. We sat in darkness at the foot of The Hive's home-y stage on Cooke Street, as Dan’s electronic bass + brass sound installation wrapped around us with a kind of electric, trance-y, careful quietude, and we wrapped back around them with quiet, intent, thick, dark vocal harmony. It was a tiny show - four or five in the audience - and was perfectly delicate perfectly delicate. We have plans for furthering this collaboration. I will keep you updated.
February 15, 2015

Meredith Monk's Weekend-Long Workshop: Participants and Teachers, 2/15/15 | photo: Peter Sciscioli

As my 36th Birthday present to myself, I participated in an immersive weekend of workshops at Meredith Monk's beautifully spacious loft here in NYC. Meredith and her collaborators were a joy to work with - open, experimental, quirky, challenging, and so much fun! They provided us with thrill and safety, as we explored vulnerable, exciting ways to move and express ourselves anew. Love it! I wish I’d had a deeper understanding of Meredith's work before this workshop. I felt a close relatedness to her process / methods / goals as within my own work. I don’t so often feel this with many artists, so this was grounding and very, very inspiring. Please do consider participating in some workshops with her and her collaborators if you're every granted the opportunity. It's a wild (and educational) ride!
October 24, 2014
I’m excited to announce that the North American Theatrical Release for Josephine Decker’s, “Butter on the Latch”, in which I am the lead actress, along with her film “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (in which I am an Associate Producer) will be taking place on: Friday November 14th and Sunday November 16th at MINY Media Center by IFP 30 John St. Brooklyn New York 11201

Screenings will be followed by Director and Cast Q&A, a performance by my vocal trio Hydraand an opening night party featuring Raya Brass BandScreenings to follow the opening night, throughout the run, will include tea parties + ballet dancers … Keep your eyes and ears peeled for details. 


NEW “Butter on the Latch” trailer HERE.  NEW “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” trailer HERE
Like the "Butter on the Latch" "Butter" Fan Page  |   "Butter + Hydra" FB Event   |   Hydra Fan Page

SCREENING TIMES: Friday 11/146:30pm & 8:30pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A), Saturday 11/15: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pmSunday 11/162pm & 4pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A)Monday 11/17: 6:30pm & 8:30pmTuesday 11/18: 2pm, 5pmWednesday 11/19: 12pm & 2pm, Thursday 11/20: 6pm & 8pm