Songwriter, Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Improviser, and Engineer…
With a voluminous musical pedigree, the list of artists (individually and collectively) that Samara has played, performed or recorded with, reads out like a best-of the who’s who of the art, noise, free, improv, experimental, or whatever we’re calling it these days scene(s). Hall of Fame, The Tower Recordings, MV and EE, and Thurston Moore are just the beginning of what can be mentioned here.
Her first solo outing, 1997’s In the Valley, was a major installment in the recorded legacy of experimental string music, a dense exploration of drones and resonance. This was followed in 2004 with a full-band recording of lush psychedelic folk-rock for The Fleeting Skies. Since then, Lubelski has released a wonderfully colorful series of albums: Spectacular Of Passages (2005), Parallel Suns (2007), Future Slip (2009) and Wavelength (2012).
Samara has also studio-engineered records for Double Leopards, Sightings, and Mouthus, amongst many others. Her current projects include an improvisational duo with Marcia Bassett and a long-standing collaboration with German collective Metabolismus. Additionally, Samara has worked with the prolific Thurston Moore on a variety of outings, including playing violin on Moore’s solo records Trees Outside the Academy and Demolished Thoughts and recording and touring with his band Chelsea Light Moving.
Her most recent solo violin record, String Cycle, was released in 2014, and Augenmusik, a Metabolismus improvised collaboration, issued a cassette in 2015. Released in 2016 by Drawing Room Records, The Gilded Age represents Lubelski’s most current offering.
Samara resides in New York City.
"Samara Lubelski is a cultural zelig… As adept as she is at the dark arts of drone music, crud rock, and alt folk, Lubelski also does a fine line in sleek pop music" - Alex Neilson, The Wire
"Samara Lubelski’s “Folk-pop is so endearing that all but the hardest of cynics may find themselves won over." - Simon Hampson, The Wire
Samara’s magic “…is the musical equivalent of a hypnotist's swinging timepiece, blissfully entrancing in its steady beauty." - Marc Masters, Pitchfork on Samara Lubelski’s Parallel Suns LP.