Serena Jost
Cellist
Singer-songwriter and cellist Serena Jost’s debut CD, Closer Than Far, was produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and released to a sold-out house at Joe’s Pub.
 
Time Out NY lauded Serena’s “rollicking take” on Iris DeMent’s bittersweet Our Town and “catch(y) vocal hooks” and noted: "Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn’t quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost’s carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk..." Serena’s music has been compared to 70s English folk artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention—and also to the Canadian artist Jane Siberry—but is still entirely her own, “seamlessly merging classical and pop melodies” (Lucidculture).
 
Born to Swiss parents and raised in The Midwest, Serena has performed at seminal NYC venues Joe’s Pub, The Living Room, Barbès, Banjo Jim’s, Pete’s Candy Store, Tonic, and The Kitchen. She is an original member of Rasputina, the well-corseted cello group, and is one-half of the DJ duo scratch ‘n sniff.  She has toured the United States and Europe extensively and also collaborated with numerous poets, dancers and visual artists. 

Photo Credit: Wendy Whitesell