Serena Jost writes and performs songs that are at turns seductive, edgy, affecting, and otherworldly. A dynamic singer and cellist with a hauntingly beautiful voice, she is a unique performer whose music evokes vivid emotional landscapes. She recently completed a new solo album of songs for voice and cello recorded at St. Peter's Church in Chelsea, NYC. Recorded by Adam Gold and mixed by Chris D. Butler in Brooklyn, Up To The Sky was released in April 2018 worldwide through Second Kiss Records. Her previous album, A Bird Will Sing, was produced by the legendary Anton Fier (Golden Palominos) and recorded with her band, Julian Maile, Rob Jost and Robert DiPietro. Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) produced her debut, Closer Than Far.
Serena has performed in Europe and the UK and throughout the US and Canada. 2018/2019 will bring more national and international tour dates.
Growing up between The Midwest and Switzerland, Serena walked along the Great Lakes (she found her cello wrapped in a brown blanket in a basement in northern Michigan) and over mountain passes (she comes from a long line of gown-wearing, horse-riding yodelers). She happily calls NYC home, where both her Midwestern friendliness and Swiss persistence come in handy. Serena has performed at seminal NYC venues such as Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, Barbès, Pete’s Candy Store, Tonic, and The Kitchen. She has collaborated with poet Dan Machlin (Immanent Audio, Ugly Duckling Presse), and numerous dancers, including Douglas Dunn and Kathryn Sanders (Wally Cardona). She led a 50-cello performance on Governor's Island with co-composer/cellist Matthew Robinson in July 2015, and has sang, played and recorded with many musicians and composers. Serena was an original member of Rasputina, the well-corseted cello group.
"the Elizabeth Barrett Browning of avant-classical folk" —Stereo Ember Magazine
"It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell." —WUSB-FM Finn Miller, TwirlRadio.com
"Imagine mixing the sound of Mary Hopkin with the haunting sound of Nico, and you might begin to have some idea what the overall vibe is like. This time around, she stands alone with her cello presenting music that is real, personal, and immediately effective. While Jost's previous albums were more commercial, our guess is that Up To The Sky will be one of the high points in her career." —Baby Sue
"a collection of composed and improvised pieces that marry her distinctive playing style with her otherworldly voice." —KMUW, Jedd Beaudoin (Wichita's NPR Station)