Lief Sjostrom - Cellist, Guitarist, Composer, Teacher

About Me

I'm a cellist and guitarist currently living in Denver, CO.  I perform and record my own original cinematic-neo-classical-post-rock compositions, I perform and record with bands, and I've been giving cello and guitar lessons for about 4 years.  I released my first solo EP, Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings, in the spring of 2017 and will be releasing a full length LP in the spring of 2018.  The band PrettyMouth has been central to my musical life for the last 6 years. I've also performed or recorded with Edison, Sawmill Joe, King Cardinal, The Patient Zeros, Florea, Chad Price, Tyto Alba, Brianna Straut, Adam Hooks, Poor Me, The Dead Orchids, and many more. I also did music for the score of a documentary by Adam Reynolds.


-7/20 w/ Edison @ Breckenfritz Fest

-7/21 Solo Album Release @ Goosetown Tavern - w/ Florea & Archipelaghost

-7/22 w/ Edison at Hodi's Half Note

-7/27 w/ PrettyMouth @ The Underground Music Showcase

-7/28 w/ Edison @ The Underground Music Showcase

-7/29 Solo @ The Underground Music Showcase

-8/11 Solo @ Bread Bar Silver Plume, CO

-8/14 Solo @ Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

-8/18 3 Kings Tavern - PrettyMouth Album Release

"Watching Waves" (2018 Tiny Desk Submission)

"He's Waiting" (performed and recorded at The Head Room Sessions)

"Dark, Wet Steps Of A Villain" (performed and recorded at The Head Room Sessions)

"Battle On The Misty Lake" (2017 Tiny Desk Submission)


3 pieces from the upcoming album, Counting Breaths, and the EP, Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings 

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Please contact me at for all things musical; booking for shows or weddings, or ask about lessons, or studio work, or film score, or anything else I might be able to do for you.


"....he creates an intense, cinematic soundscape with cello.  It's gripping to watch the collage of loops and melodies come together..." -Daniel Mescher and Jessi Whitten; Open Air CPR -

" immersive listening experience...Lief has an amazing ability for establishing mood, for conjuring dark drama with compelling leads." -Chris Doxtator; Head Room Sessions -

"phenomenally gorgeous soundscapes that follow in the vein of what Explosions In the Sky and David Wingo scored for the Prince Avalanche soundtrack...Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings is full of spacey, ethereal, bowed meditations over finger-picked guitar that produce sounds so vast they sound as if they were recorded inside a cooling tower" -Brian F. Johnson; Marquee Magazine -