As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter spanning the folk genre and pointing towards jazz, Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a bit of a shape shifter. An award winning vocalist and songwriter, Sadie’s witty and charming songs provide a well-needed breath of optimism and realism to audiences across the United States.
Since moving to Boston from Indiana in 2017, Sadie has been mingling with leading musicians of the New England acoustic music scene. Most recently she released a duo of music videos of her original songs “Alewife” and “Please Stop” featuring a backing band of some of the best in the bluegrass world: Julian Pinelli (fiddle player of Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native), Ethan Setiawan (national mandolin champion), and Dan Klingsberg (bassist of Ruthless Moon).
She has spent time collaborating with many great musicians, including 2018 and 2015 tours with folk trio, Theory Expats (Gustafson-Zook, Setiawan and Andrew Pauls-Thomas), performing on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor in 2015, touring with acoustic string trio, the Leafless (Jacob Warren, Grant Flick, Setiawan) in 2015.
Sadie’s first original album, “I’m Not Here” was released in September 2017 and explores the meaning of being present through a sea of swing guitar chords, the gentle hum of pizzicato fiddle, and heartfelt vocals.
Currently pursuing a Masters in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Longy School of Music of Bard College and working at history folk venue, Club Passim, in Harvard Square, Sadie spends her days scatting, thinking about being in nature, listening to music, and trying out new pens.
Her recordings include her most recent solo album of originals, "I'm Not Here," the 2015 Theory Expats EP, "What a Way to Start Your Day", an online TE 2016 release entitled "Three Beautiful Ponytails," as well as her 2010 solo album "Mélange".