Sarah Dougher has been working as a musician, writer and teacher for over ten years. She has released eight records on independent labels with her solo work and her collaborative band projects, touring internationally, and receiving press coverage in publications from the New York Times to Rolling Stone. In January 2001, she had a residency at New York’s Knitting Factory. For the past three years, she has been working on a song cycle entitled Harper’s Arrow, that grew out of a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland area’s primary arts funding organization. This 16-song cycle explores themes from Homer’s Odyssey which are palpable in the context of contemporary war and representations of war (particularly through news media and film). This piece was performed at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts TBA Festival in 2003, as well as at national venues (Ladyfest Texas, Knitting Factory LA and NY, Queer is Folk Festival, Chicago). She is currently creating electronic re-mixes of this music.
Dougher’s last two solo records were released on the now-defunct Mr. Lady Records, and her first was on K Records. In addition, she played with the Crabs, Cadallaca (with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney), and the Lookers, and put out albums with all of them.
In addition to her composition and performance, she works a cultural activist and writer, collaboratively organizing festivals, as well as writing and speaking about music, history and gay politics. She works with many community organizations including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls and Portland’s gay bi-monthly paper, Just Out. She teaches courses on the history of women in rock, and lyric poetry in the Women’s Studies department at Portland State University.
Dougher has also undertaken to start a label, called Cherchez La Femme, and has four releases planned through the Fall of 2005. Taking up where Mr. Lady left off, this label focuses on the art and music made by women and queers. For more information about the label, please go to www.cherchezlafemmeprojects.com.
Other topics Dougher finds fascinating are breast cancer survival, Jack Russell Terriers, Winter gardening and Buddhism.