Kora Feder (Feder rhymes with cedar) is a rising voice in the new generation of folk songwriters up to the task of confronting the times we live in. "The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade,” says Rich Warren, host of Folkstage in Chicago and recent inductee into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.
Feder holds a degree in Global Studies with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities. She spent two years wielding a backpack and guitar in places like China, India, Thailand and Italy. While attending lectures, writing essays and leading songwriting workshops, she composed a collection of songs that reflect stories encountered along the way. 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).
Performing both as a solo singer-songwriter and supporting instrumentalist since the age of 15, Feder has appeared on stages across the world: from a weekend special on Thai PBS in Bangkok, to folk festivals across the United States. In 2018 she was chosen to perform in songwriting showcases at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and was a main stage act at Northern California’s acclaimed Strawberry Music Festival along with Greg Brown, Nicki Bluhm and Del McCoury. Music veteran Joe Craven described her Strawberry set as “brilliant and life changing.”
In August of 2018, Feder announced the fundraising for a new album, to be recorded in Austin, TX in the fall of 2018 and released in 2019. She is working with producer and musician Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen, Caroline Herring, etc.).
Feder grew up in the Northern California music scene playing clawhammer banjo and mandolin with parents Rita Hosking and Sean Feder. She currently calls Brooklyn, NY a home.
"The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade." - Rich Warren, Folkstage Host, Inductee in the Folk DJ Hall of Fame
“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
“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
"brilliant and life changing” - Joe Craven, Musician, Educator
“I pin my hopes for the future upon musicians such as this.” – Frank Gutch Jr., Music Reviewer
“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
“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.” – Alexander Joseph, Poet
“Kora is wise beyond her years…everyone listening was blown away.” – Bill Wagman, KDVS DJ & Concert Host