Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Southern-born, Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate. Handling the guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. As Pitchfork explains; “Lipstate creates miniature musical worlds, places that you feel like you’ll never leave as long as the record is playing.”
Noveller has toured with Iggy Pop, St. Vincent, Wire, Radiolab, Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, U.S. Girls, Helium & Aidan Baker. Lipstate has collaborated with several renowned musicians, including Iggy Pop, JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Manorexia), Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), David Wm. Sims (the Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid), and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).
She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Lipstate has also participated in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, Ben Frost’s “Music for 6 Guitars” Ensemble, and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble.
Video: noveller & Iggy pop live on the tonight show
Noveller plays the tonight show with iggy pop on 9/11
Noveller is traveling to New York this week to join Iggy Pop on stage as they perform Wednesday, September 11th on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They will be performing a song off of Iggy’s newest album ‘Free’ which is out now via Caroline International and Loma Vista Recordings.
NOVELLER INTERVIEW ON GUITAR.COM
NOVELLER COLLABORATES WITH IGGY POP ON NEW ALBUM ‘FREE’
NOVELLER PERFORMS AT THE GETTY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
From The Getty’s website:
Celebrate California plant culture with a special program inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and Plantasia, the iconic album made for plants and the people who love them. Worldwide curiosities guide Atlas Obscura and Brooklyn's Sacred Bones Records teams up with the Getty's Ever Present series to delve into the plant-centric cultural movement behind Mort Garson's 1976 cult-classic electronic album Mother Earth's Plantasia. Join us for a day filled with music, workshops, and presentations that explore the influence of plants on art and culture in Los Angeles.
Originally recorded in Los Angeles, and recently reissued by Sacred Bones, Plantasia includes such songs as "Symphony For A Spider Plant," and "A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair." The album's cult status grew over the years due to its rarity—it was only distributed to customers at the legendary Mother Earth Plant Boutique then located on Melrose Avenue.
The album will be streaming all day for a unique listening experience in the Getty's Robert Irwin-designed Central Garden, serenading its blooms and bushes with its "warm earth music." On the courtyard stage, a lineup of electronic experimenters perform their take on music for plants. They include New York-based Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, known for composing with plant-based bio data, ambient guitarist Noveller, Florist's Emily A. Sprague, Lucky Dragons, and Gregg Kowalsky—all performing amid a custom stage installation by Hand & Rose.
Additional programming includes presentations by Lyra Kilston, author of Sunseekers: The Cure of California, on L.A.'s early vegetarian evangelists, and film writer Kier-La Janisse on the preoccupation with plant life in 1970's horror films. Pioneering synthesizer company Moog, creators of the modular instrument Mort Garson used to compose Plantasia, will install two self-driven interactive synthesizer workstations where visitors can experiment with electronic music. Also on hand: legendary Los Angeles green thumb Mickey Hargitay of Mickey Hargitay Plants hosts succulent care and macramé workshops, artist Jacqueline Caste demonstrates "Kirlian," or plant-aura photography, garden-inspired cocktails, and more.
NOVELLER announces new full-length album 'A pink sunset for no one' out february 10th, 2017 on fire records
‘A Pink Sunset For No One’ is the eighth studio album from Noveller, the solo electric guitar project from US composer and filmmaker.
One of the most adept guitarists of our time, Lipstate returns with her signature breathtaking cinematic, experimental soundscapes. Eloquent and striking, her instrumentals evoke colourful and otherworldly imagery. Lipstate writes in majestic, emotional strokes with pieces ranging from remarkably tense environments to shimmering psychedelic rock or unravelling into something darker.
Inspired, in part, by her recent Iggy Pop tour, the hypnotic and uplifting opening track ‘Deep Shelter’ was written before she hit the road. Following her incredible time on the road she found solace in writing music after a difficult time returning to everyday life which resulted in two new tracks ‘Corridors’ and ‘Another Dark Hour’ – both of which have become a favourite to play as part of Noveller’s daily guitar regime.
‘Rituals’ is Lipstate’s own tribute to one of her all-time favourite albums Steve Reich’s ’Music for 18 Musicians’ and ‘The Unveiling’ takes a melody from one of her recent film scores giving it longer life within this composition.
Sarah Lipstate has been recording music under the moniker of Noveller for over a decade. In addition to her large catalog of solo work, she has been a member of both Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army and Glenn Branca’s 100 Guitar Ensemble, collaborated with Lee Ranaldo, Carla Bozulich and JG Thirlwell. The artist has also scored a number of feature and short films along with Radiolab’s live show with Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and Darin Gray. Following 2015’s ‘Fantastic Planet’, the musician was invited to tour with Iggy Pop across the US and Europe.
NOVELLER Travelogue: 24 hours in the Jet-lagged life of Sarah Lipstate: From London's Royal Albert Hall to the New York Guitar Festival Marathon at The Met Cloisters
I wrote an essay about my recent whirlwind experience playing at both Royal Albert Hall and The Met Cloisters in NYC all within the span of 24 hours! The New York Guitar Festival has published my writing on their site and you can read it here.
VIDEO: NOveller at Royal Albert Hall
Live video of Noveller performing "Gathering the Elements" live at Royal Albert Hall on May 13th. This was her last performance on the Iggy Pop tour and was a a very special evening. Footage captured using a GoPro Hero 4 camera.
London show added May 12th
Noveller adds a headlining show in London the night before she supports Iggy Pop at the Royal Albert Hall. Don't miss the chance to see Noveller at Corsica Studios on May 12th with Virginia Wing. Tickets available here.
VIDEO: "GLACIAL WAVE"
Noveller is beyond excited to open for Iggy Pop on his Post Pop Depression US Tour for the following dates! Ticket info here: http://postpopdepression.com/
03/28: Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
03/29: Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
03/31: San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
04/02: Denver, CO – Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04/04: Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium
04/06: Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
04/07: Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
04/11: Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
04/12: New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
04/15: Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
NOVELLER at SXSW 2016
Noveller is thrilled to return to the SXSW Music Festival this year to showcase on March 16th with Iggy Pop at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. It's sure to be an unforgettable evening!
Noveller European tour 2015
I'm excited to announce my 2015 European/UK tourdates. Festival appearances include Incubate, Liverpool Psych Fest, Amplifest, Denovali Festival, Levitation, and WOS INC. A complete list of dates is available in the tour section of this site.
NY Times premieres 'Pangaea' with score by Sarah Lipstate
Click here to watch the latest installment in the 'Animated Life' series directed by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman and presented by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the New York Times. This film features Alfred Wegener the arctic explorer and originator of the theory of Continental Drift.
Noveller added to Levitation Chicago Friday, March 13th
Single-day passes are on sale now for Levitation Chicago taking place at Thalia Hall March 13th and 14th. Passes for Friday night are available here: http://tktwb.tw/1xAi3Kk
Noveller added to Tinnitus Music Series event at The Wick on Feb. 4th
Pitchfork's Show No Mercy, Blackened Music, and MeanRed are happy to announce the third installment in our Tinnitus series that focuses on composers of extreme sound. It takes place February 4 at The Wick in Brooklyn. Noveller will perform along with Bristol producer Vessel, and Providence, Rhode Island producer Container. Tickets are $15, available here. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8. This is a 21+ event.
Watch the New Video for "Rubicon" off 'Fantastic Planet' out Today!
"Rubicon" is taken from Noveller's LP 'Fantastic Planet' - released on Fire Records 1/27/15. Video by Keith Skretch
Record Release Show Announced Jan 29th at Cameo w/ Porcelain Raft
Come celebrate the release of 'Fantastic Planet' on January 29th at Cameo in Brooklyn. I will be sharing the evening with Porcelain Raft and it's sure to be a memorable one. Tickets are available here.
Allmusic Premieres "Into the Dunes" off 'Fantastic Planet'
Get your first listen of the new Noveller album 'Fantastic Planet' on Allmusic.com. 'Fantastic Planet' is out on January 27th, 2015 on Fire Records. Enjoy!
Noveller signs with Fire Records
I'm so pleased to announce that I've signed with Fire Records for my upcoming full-length album 'Fantastic Planet'. This year celebrates Fire Records' 30th anniversary and I'm very honored to join their amazing roster. For more information about Fire please visit their website.
Noveller European Tour Dates 2014
I'm excited to announce my 2014 European Tour dates. Please visit my shows page for links to purchase tickets. Hope to see you on the road!
23 Oct 2014 AT Graz - Elevate Festival
24 Oct 2014 LV Durbe - Zemlika Festival
25 Oct 2014 UK London - Café Oto
26 Oct 2014 UK Bristol - Cafe Kino
28 Oct 2014 UK Manchester - Gullivers
29 Oct 2014 UK Leeds - Belgrave Music Hall
30 Oct 2014 UK Norwich - Epic Studios
31 Oct 2014 FR Paris - ESPACE B
01 Nov 2014 FR Nantes - SOY Festival
04 Nov 2014 BE Brussels - Spion
05 Nov 2014 NL Rotterdam - Koffie & Ambacht
07 Nov 2014 NL Den Haag - REWIRE Festival
08 Nov 2014 DE Bremen - Spedition
09 Nov 2014 DE Leipzig - Bau Bau w/ Lee Noble
10 Nov 2014 DE Berlin - ACUD
NEW DATE 11 Nov 2014 DE Jena - Glashaus im Paradies w/ Lee Noble
12 Nov 2014 DE Hamburg - Westwerk w/ Lee Noble, Nika Son
13 Nov 2014 SE Malmö - Inkonst
14 Nov 2014 SE Göteborg - Koloni
15 Nov 2014 SE Stockholm - Fylkingen
NY Times premieres 'Seeing the Invisible' with score by Sarah Lipstate
Click here to watch the fantastic animated short film 'Seeing the Invisible' about the father of microbiology, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, directed by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman. This is my second collaboration with the filmmakers in an ongoing series called 'Animated Life' presented by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive and the New York Times. Our first film together, an animated short about Alfred Russel Wallace, debuted on the NY Times site in 2013. You can watch it here.
Noveller performing in the Temple of Drone, 9/20 in Austin, TX
On Saturday, September 20th, I'll be taking part in the Temple of Drone, a four-hour continuous sound performance by Austin experimental and electronic musicians. The performance will take place at the Museum of Human Achievement inside a re-creation of the Temple of Drone, a physical space originally created for Burning Flipside in 2014. Doors open at 7:30pm and drones begin promptly at 8pm and continue until midnight. Admission is $5.
Sarah Lipstate duo w/ JG Thirlwell Perform benefit for David Lynch Foundation at St. Vitus on October 4th
The newly formed duo of Sarah Lipstate and JG Thirlwell which debuted at The Stone in NYC in April 2014, will return to NYC for a pair of shows in October. They will play at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan October 2nd, and at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on October 4th. The latter show is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which provides transcendental meditation training to those in need. Soft Pink Truth, the side project of Drew Daniel of Matmos, and Dominique Leone are also on the St. Vitus bill. Tickets are available for the St. Vitus show here.
Sarah Lipstate duo w/ Lee Ranaldo at Lincoln Center Film Society
On November 20th, the Film Society at Lincoln Center will present a special screening + live performance in their 65-seat capacity Amphitheater space. The Amphitheater features the world's largest commercially-available plasma-screen television which will display my filmwork while a duo of myself and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) performs a live improvised guitar set. Tickets on sale soon. Check back for updates!
'Reveries' collaborative LP with thisquietarmy out on Shelter Press
My collaborative LP with thisquietarmy, 'Reveries', is out now on Shelter Press. Recorded in January 2013 at Electric Blue Studios in Brooklyn, this new long player finds Noveller and thisquietarmy at their most luminous and aerial state, writing together layers of blissful drones resulting of a highly meditative and emotional four-parts piece. You can listen to the album in it's entirety and download high-quality mp3s at my bandcamp page: http://noveller.bandcamp.com/album/reveries
Noveller performs at Electric Eclectics Festival in Canada August 2nd
On August 2nd, I'll be performing at Electric Eclectics, an experimental music festival taking place on a farm overlooking the scenic Big Head Valley, just outside of Meaford, Ontario. For tickets and program information please visit the Electric Eclectics web site.
Duo with JG Thirlwell performs at NMASS festival in Austin
Watch videos of my duo performances with JG Thirlwell live at NMASS festival at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX and at The Stone in NYC.
VIDEO: Noveller “No Dreams” live in Youngstown
Check out this beautifully shot video of me performing "No Dreams" in an intimate setting at a house show in Youngstown, OH. Thanks to Historian Sessions for this amazing document!
Billboard previews upcoming Frieze Music Fest feat. Noveller
Planning on attending this year's Frieze Art Fair in NYC? Be sure to stop by WITHOUT: An architectural intervention turned music festival presented by Tom Tom Magazine (Mindy Abovitz) and Naama Tsabar. The music festival is free and open to the public! Noveller performs on May 10th at 6pm. Read Billboard Magazine's article about the festival for more information.
Watch Daily Tour Videos from Noveller
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a 42 day tour of North America? Videographer Alexis Fleisig has been traveling with me, and my dog Cy, documenting my tour with St. Vincent and posting daily videos on his YouTube channel. Watch this video of 1,500 Oklahomans singing "Happy Birthday" to me during my show in Tulsa on the day before my 30th birthday and then check out the rest of the tour videos by clicking here. Enjoy the tour!
VIDEO: Noveller “Purchase” live at 285 Kent
Pitchfork.tv was on hand to document the series of farewell shows at the much-loved Williamsburg DIY space 285 Kent. This video was taken during my performance at the 2nd to last show at 285 Kent and features my song “Purchase” off of my latest album ‘No Dreams’.
Noveller supporting St. Vincent on North American Tour
Beginning March 4th, I will be joining St. Vincent on her North American tour as her opening act. We will be visiting 27 cities in a little over 5 weeks. Please check out the tour dates listed below to see if we’re headed your way! St. Vincent is touring in support of her new self-titled album which is out February 24th. See you on the road.
Video: Noveller at Signal Gallery for opening of MIRRORS
Watch video from the Noveller performance on January 24th at the opening of Tim Bruniges' MIRRORS exhibition at Signal Gallery in Brooklyn. MIRRORS is a site-specific installation composed of two 9 foot x 9 foot concrete sound mirrors facing each other at opposing ends of the gallery space. For my performance, we positioned my guitar amp facing one of the sound mirrors so that the microphone placed at the center of the structure would pickup the sound of my guitar and project it along with the ambient sound of the space through the quadrophonic speaker system setup in the gallery. from Tim Bruniges on Vimeo.
MP3: Lee Ranaldo & Noveller ‘Live at Roulette’
I’m very excited to finally make available to the public this recording of my collaborative set with Lee Ranaldo at Roulette in NYC on March 11th, 2011. Lee is one of my all-time favorite guitarists and it was an amazing experience improvising with him. The recording is approximately 42 minutes long and you can listen to and purchase it as a digital album on Bandcamp.
Lionsgate picks up The Skeleton Twins at Sundance
Exciting news out of Sundance: Lionsgate picked up ‘The Skeleton Twins’, an the indie-drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, at this year’s festival. I contributed to the score which was done by my amazing pal Nathan Larson. Read Variety’s review of the film here.
NYTimes features Animated Film scored by Sarah Lipstate
The New York Times just wrote an article about a wonderful animated short film that I scored called ‘The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace’. Directed by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman, the film celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with Charles Darwin for the theory of natural selection. Read the article and watch the film here.
Noveller on tour with Anna von Hausswolff in December
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be joining Anna von Hausswolff this December for a short tour of the U.S. I’ll have copies of my new CD ‘No Dreams’ available for sale as well as some other special treats. Hope to see you out there on the road!
VIDEO: Watch the official music video for “No Dreams”
I’m so excited to present the official music video for the title track off of my new album ‘No Dreams’ out now on Important Records. The video was directed by Alexis Fleisig and features artwork by Justin James King. You can now stream and purchase ‘No Dreams’ on my bandcamp site.
Noveller touring with Radiolab this Fall
This fall, I will be touring with my favorite radio program, Radiolab, providing a live score for their live stage performance. I will be joined on stage by On Fillmore, a duo consisting of bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche (of Wilco). About Apocalyptical: “Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. With their signature blend of storytelling, science, and music, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through hundreds of millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again.”
Trailer for ‘Emanuel’ features music by Sarah Lipstate
I’m excited to post the first trailer for The Truth About Emanuel featuring one of the compositions that I wrote for the film score. Enjoy!
The Truth About Emanuel in Competition at Sundance
I was so thrilled to be able to work on the score for Francesca Gregorini’s beautiful feature film The Truth About Emanuel. I couldn’t be happier that the film premiere at this year’s Sundance Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Read reviews of Emanuel at the Hollywood Reporter and JoBlo.com.