Sarn Oliver

Name:    Sarn Oliver
Instrument:   Violin
SFS member since:   1995
Hometown: New Haven, CT

Musical influences:
When I was at Juilliard there was a group of students and professional musicians that got together for these great chamber music parties at cellist and friend Daven Jenkins’s apartment. You never knew who’d be there; it was so much fun. Those parties were a big influence on my concept of what music is really about: playing for the sheer joy of it.

Career paths:
I’ve branched into other careers, including being a recording engineer and producer. I have a recording studio now, and SFS Recording Engineer Jack Vad has been a great mentor. I’ve been learning about microphones, how to edit, how to master and produce CDs, all of which has affected how I listen to music. You start to understand how things are pieced together, and how musical decisions can be made during the editing process. I’ve also been composing a lot.

Recent activities:
I play in chamber music groups including the Tilden Trio and a violin duo called Tangled with my wife, (SFS violinist) Mariko Smiley.