Sara Neidorf



I’m a drummer, drum instructor, and session musician, born in Philadelphia and based in Berlin. With a passion for dynamics, groove, and delving into the drums as both a rhythmic and a melodic instrument, I can appreciate the beauty of a spacious 4/4 groove as much as I can enjoy digging into intricate, odd meters. Across genres, I treasure the experience of working with other musicians to find the best flow and rhythmic hook to serve the song at hand.

Recent Work

I’ve been collaborating, gigging, and recording with original bands in Philadelphia and Berlin. Since moving to Berlin in 2012, I've worked with the following projects: Mellowdeath, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, Godmother, Attention Horse, Mad Kate & The Tide, Valerie Renay, Sarrattma, Choral Hearse, Aptera, Restless Ghosts, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Most recently, I completed a five-week European tour with the Brian Jonestown Massacre and recorded drums on their self-titled album (release date: March 15, 2019).

Musical Upbringing

I got started with drums when I enrolled in private lessons in rudiments and syncopation at the age of 10. At age 12 I found my home on the drum kit and became a student at the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philadelphia. I spent the following four years there learning the ins and outs of rock music, training my ear, and performing and touring with other young musicians, as well as seasoned professionals, including Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Adrien Belew (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), and Peter Frampton.

From 16-20, I studied under renowned jazz and rock drummer Allison Miller in Brooklyn. I began giving private drum lessons at the age of 17, and also taught drums at the Girls Rock Philly summer camp and after-school program (2012-2013, 2018), as well as several Berlin-based youth organizations geared towards girls’ empowerment, including Mädchencafe Schilleria and Mädchenzentrum Szenenwechsel. I am still happily working with private students in my studio in Berlin Neukölln.

Cinema Programmer

Alongside my work as a drummer, I am also a programmer of queer, feminist, and horror cinema. To find out more about my work as a film curator go to