Sarah Cellobat Chaffee - Electric & Acoustic Cello © 2017

UNCONVENTIONAL CELLO ARTISTRY

                 Sarah 'Batgirl' Chaffee first became interested in the cello at the age of five, and they have had an inseparable bond ever since.This is in part due to excellent teachers; she is proud to have studied extensively with Hans Jørgen-Jensen, Peter Howard, Blake Brasch, and Amir Eldan, and to have earned her bachelor's degree in cello performance  under Dr. Melissa Kraut at the  Cleveland Institute of Music.

                 Currently, Sarah works primarily with  Phat Strad, the Original All-Girl Rock Electric String Quartet. As principal cellist of Phat Strad, she has played shows in most of the Continental United States - as well as Rome, Italy; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Vancouver, BC; and Maui, Hawaii - and opened for a vast array of celebrities including  Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Train, Gavin DeGraw, Robin Thicke, and Vanilla Ice.  Sarah and Phat Strad have been featured performers for major events such as the Creative Arts Emmys Governors Ball in Hollywood, the Hyundai PGA Tournament of Champions, and the Grand Re-opening of the Golden Nugget Atlantic City; they have also worked for countless prestigious clients including eBay, Porsche, GoDaddy, Forbes Travel Guide, Lexus, Rolex, Neiman Marcus, the World Poker Tour, Hublot, Volkswagen, American Airlines, and Verizon. The group is also a local Vegas favorite for parties, conventions, and other events, playing regularly at almost every major hotel and casino including the Venetian, the Bellagio, the Mirage, Aria, the Wynn, the Luxor, and the MGM - plus some of Vegas's hottest clubs, includingTao, Tao Beach, Hyde, Tryst, the Bank, and Tabu.

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          Sarah's second passion is arranging music, and she creates new arrangements frequently for her own publishing label Cellobat Charts, which are currently for sale on Sheet Music Plus. Her recordings of these can also be found on Youtube and Instagram. Playing in pit orchestras has also been one of her favorite pastimes, and she has been in the cello section for thirteen musical productions at both the school and professional levels. Sarah has also enjoyed playing chamber music for countless weddings, business parties, art gallery receptions, and community outreach programs, to name just a few. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing with cute fluffy animals and being an associate and brand ambassador for the in-demand fashion label Kate Spade New York.


          Sarah's conservatory training, combined with her multi-genre versatility, makes her an artist well-prepared for the future of music!


         Sarah is also an in-demand performer and recording artist for a multitude of other bands and projects. She has performed several times on Univision for the Latin Grammy Awards, backing up internationally popular artists including Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini, and Reik. In 2014, she was a featured backup musician for legendary rock band  Mötley Crüe at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast on Yahoo Live Streaming to millions of people worldwide. Sarah can also be seen frequently with David Perrico's Pop Strings Orchestra, a large 14-piece ensemble of highly renowned Vegas-area musicians whose repertoire includes rock and pop hits from the 80s through present day Top 40 in a nonstop dance band setting. The Pop Strings Orchestra currently performs three nights a week for packed and enthusiastic crowds at Caesar's Palace. As a main feature of the show, Sarah performs standing-cello improvised rock and blues solos unlike anything most audience members have seen before. Other ongoing projects include the Zen String Girls, a unique singing-and-playing string trio of which Sarah was a founding member.


         For over a year, Sarah was a regular in Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno's band during their residency at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino; she also performed with him as the house band of the 2013 Hero Dog Awards, broadcast nationwide on the Hallmark Channel. Late at night, Sarah can often be found as a guest artist with the local scene's favorite metal cover band, Tinnitus, a side project of world-renowned musicians from the Las Vegas Blue Man Group band. On occasion, Sarah also makes an appearance in Los Angeles with The Violution, a classical/rock fusion project founded by virtuoso violinist Jennifer Lynn.


         As a recording artist, Sarah has contributed to a number of different projects. A notable recent favorite was the soundtrack for the indie film Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West, produced by rising star local filmmakers Mike and Jerry Thompson, a critical favorite and audience choice award winner at a myriad of film festivals. Sarah  can also be found on several studio albums, including symphonic black metal band  Abigail Williams' third studio album "Becoming"; Phat Strad's fourth studio album "Bittersweet"; EPs for Cleveland based steampunk/goth rock bands Queue Up and Vanity Crash; and  Cleveland metal band Deadiron's debut album "Out of the Rust and Ruin."