VOCALIST | COMPOSER
Sascha Ley
VOCALIST | COMPOSER

The vocalist Sascha Ley likes walking along unconventional paths in her musical output embracing jazz, free improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music, and reaching out for extended vocal techniques.

Since 2007 she has produced and published four albums with mostly own compositions under her label yela music. The latest release "The Wee Hours" by her duo with French double bass player Laurent Payfert features an experimental mixture of contemporary jazz and instant composition. A new album with the duo is in work and will follow in 2018/19.

A part from guest singer appearances, the Ley & Payfert duo and project collaborations with fellow musicians (United Instruments of Lucilin, The Grund Club, Laurent Payfert Quartet...), Sascha has recently been focussing on her solo program, commissioned by the Belgian Gaume Jazz Festival 2018. The opening was on August 12 at the Church of Rossignol, followed by an appearance at the Festival Sommermusik in Saarbrücken, Germany.

She occasionally teaches workshops in free vocal improvisation.

She has been trained in Amsterdam, Bombay, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken with Reinette van Zytveld (NL), Kenny Semour (L/USA) and Dhanashree Pandit-Rai (IND). Her interest in free improvisation led her to attend master classes and workshops with Gabriele Hasler, Shelley Hirsch, Frank Köllges, Meredith Monk and Sainkho Namtschylak.

"Sascha Ley is and will remain a thoroughbred artist. She has been admired as a fascinating interpreter of songs by Kurt Weill and Georg Kreisler, a femme fatale in [various the projects], and is certainly indispensable from Luxembourg’s musical life as a jazz icon." - D'Land (L)

"Sascha Ley has created her own musical identity." - Melodiva (D)

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SASCHA LEY & LAURENT PAYFERT
VOICE & DOUBLE BASS DUO
With an unprecedented musical complicity, Sascha Ley and Laurent Payfert invite you to a dreamlike journey through multiple imaginary landscapes, marking a few stops here and there. By creating a captivating dialogue, their music, both delicate and minimalist, at once rhythmic and vigorous, sounds out the possibilities of both their instruments and compositions.

The Gateshead International Jazz Festival describes them as a remarkable duo whose beautifully integrated music breathes fresh life into familiar songs, as well as heading off in bold new directions as Sascha's wordless vocals interweave with Laurent's freely melodic playing. Hypnotic and mesmerizing.

LATEST RELEASE
THE WEE HOURS

"... a remarkable duo whose beautifully integrated music breathes fresh life into familiar songs, as well as heading off in bold new directions as Sascha's wordless vocals interweave with Laurent's freely melodic playing. Hypnotic and mesmerizing."
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In her solo performance she sings songs, both composed or created on the spot, accompanying herself with her loop station or some instrument, evoking a delicious voyage of tales and songs.
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"Sascha Ley carries a whole universe of voices. Galaxies full of music." Jazzpodium (DE)
"Sascha Ley does raise the vocal bar some artists have been limboing under for years. (…) a new way of looking at vocal jazz." Critical Jazz (USA)
"Sascha Ley moves between improvisation, as well as regular singing, chanting or pure sound accompanying intonations, being an artist of a rare profile. She works in the fields of music, theater, film and dance, and all on an exceptional level." JazzZeitung (DE)
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NEXT PERFORMANCES
Feb 15, 2019
Ma barque vagabonde | Ley, Nosbaum & Random Trio – Théâtre d'Esch – Esch/Alzette, LU
Feb 16, 2019
Ma barque vagabonde | Ley, Nosbaum & Random Trio – Théâtre d'Esch – Esch/Alzette, LU

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