Delicate but bold, Kora Feder (Feder rhymes with cedar) is known for spinning everyday occurrences and global issues into carefully crafted songs that tenderly push listeners into reflection of their own place in this world.
While in the pursuit of a Global Studies degree with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities, Feder spent two years wielding a backpack and guitar in places like China, India, Thailand and Italy. She attended lectures, wrote essays, led songwriting workshops, and composed songs that reflect stories encountered along the way. Between semesters she managed to tour and record with her parents and as a solo act, and in 2017 she graduated and recorded her debut solo EP, Marigolds. The set of 5 original songs was met with glowing reviews, described as “a melodic salutation to all that is neglected and forgotten by a world at the mercy of Father Time; the carefully conceived work of a thoroughly engaging and exceptionally capable storyteller” (A Lonely Ghost Burning).
In 2018, Feder was chosen to perform as both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Telluride Troubadour Finalist; two of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the United States. She is Northern California born and raised, but currently calls Brooklyn, NY a home.
Performing as a solo act and band member to Rita Hosking since the age of 15, Feder has appeared on stages across the world: from California World Fest and Strawberry Music Festival in Northern CA, to Thai PBS in Bangkok, Thailand, to town halls in Ontario, Canada and house concerts across the United Kingdom.
In August of 2018, Feder announced the fundraising for a new album, to be recorded in Austin, TX in the fall and released in early 2019.
“For the winter wanderer, either walking to work, walking elsewhere or walking nowhere with purpose, Feder is running the inn which always has a light on – regardless of weather or season. ‘Come all you fickled fellows drink your sorrow away tonight’ she sings, her voice dancing with all the sincerity and guile of the sober scholar.” – Craig Reviews Music
“a melodic salutation to all that is neglected and forgotten by a world at the mercy of Father Time; the carefully conceived work of a thoroughly engaging and exceptionally capable storyteller” - A Lonely Ghost Burning
“I pin my hopes for the future upon musicians such as this.” – Frank Gutch Jr.
“Feder’s voice is striking. It is soft and feminine yet strong and haunting…her songs reminded me of Paul Simon which is impressive, to say the least.” – Divide & Conquer
“Kora is wise beyond her years…everyone listening was blown away.” – Bill Wagman, KDVS DJ & Concert Host
“The way that Kora is able to take her international experiences and turn them into such beautiful pieces of art baffles me. She is more than a musician, she is a great poet. It’s impossible not to cry while listening to her songs, she is a master songstress and I envy and applaud her gift.” – Alexander Joseph, Poet