"The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade"
— Rich Warren, Folkstage, Folk DJ Hall of Fame, Chicago's WFMT
“Kora Feder is obviously a rising voice on the American Folk Scene”
— Fatea Magazine, UK
After two years spent wielding a backpack and guitar through Asia and Europe for her Global Studies degree, Kora Feder moved back to the U.S. with a uniquely keen eye for capturing the details and feelings of a place and time. She brings listeners from the colorful, poverty-stricken streets of Varanasi, India to the mountains and refugee camps of Northern Thailand; the characters of Italian train stations to 1000-year-old homes in Southwestern China.
Since her return to the States in 2017, Kora has continued to capture snippets of the world around her. “We keep living in America in these automatic times,” she pleads with the audience in her response to American gun violence. NPR’s All Songs Considered called it “an emotional weight that can stop you in your tracks, even long after the song has finished.”
Spring of 2019 brought the release of her first full length album, In Sevens, produced by Rich Brotherton in Austin, TX. The album received critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to Pete Seeger (Roots Music Report) and Iris Dement (Americana Highways, Minor 7th). In Sevens spent four months on US Folk Radio charts with one song, a piece Kora wrote in high school about lack-of-romance and the Sound of Music, surpassing half a million streams on Spotify.
As people across the world started hunkering down for self-quarantine in 2020, Kora described her own experience with a new song: In a Young Person’s Body. “It strikes me as the first great folk song to be written during/about the pandemic” (Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman). Andy Langer of Austin City Limits agreed with Blackstock, and Eliza Gilkyson shared it, saying she has “yet to hear anyone reach this deep to find it and sing it.” NPR's All Songs Considered featured the Tiny Desk entry video, saying that "Feder's lyrics eloquently illustrate the full range of emotions many people are feeling in the era of the coronavirus pandemic." Shortly after, it was picked up by the Washington Post, in a piece about how the pandemic is aging us all.
Originally from Davis, California where she was (and occasionally still is) a touring member of her mother (Rita Hosking)’s country folk band, Kora has recently lived in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed her work on stages across the world; from a weekend special on Thai PBS in Bangkok, to town halls in Canada, to folk festivals and house shows across the United States. After playing Northern California’s acclaimed Strawberry Music Festival in 2018 alongside acts like Greg Brown and Del McCoury, Feder’s solo set was described as “brilliant and life changing” by music veteran Joe Craven.
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