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, Sascha currently concentrates on her Solo In(Ter)ventions program and a solo, commissioned by the Gaume Jazz Festival 2018.

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
Jul 27, 2018
Mondfinsternis Lunar Eclipse – Venue tba – Saarbrücken, DE
Aug 15, 2018
Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert – Art in Beaufort – Beaufort, LU
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
PAST PERFORMANCES
Jun 20, 2018
Up To Eleven | Sascha ley & Laurent Payfert – MUDAM – Luxembourg, LU
Jun 15, 2018
Ley & Payfert – Fête de la Musique – Luxembourg, LU
Jun 13, 2018
Up To Eleven | Surprise de Ley – MUDAM – Luxembourg, LU
Jun 06, 2018
Up To Eleven | Ley, Meis & Celestino – MUDAM – Luxembourg, LU
May 22, 2018
Ley Öztürk Payfert – Liquid – Luxembourg, LU
May 19, 2018
Live Rooms 17 – Vedanza – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 29, 2018
"Vocal Soundscapes" Workshop – Inecc – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 28, 2018
"Vocal Soundscapes" Workshop – Inecc – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 27, 2018
"Vocal Soundscapes" Performance – Museum MNHA – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 21, 2018
End of the Rainbow – TNL – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 19, 2018
End of the Rainbow – TNL – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 18, 2018
End of the Rainbow – TNL – Luxembourg, LU
Mar 28, 2018
End of the Rainbow – TNL – Luxembourg, LU
Mar 27, 2018
End of the Rainbow – TNL – Luxembourg, LU
Mar 25, 2018
Laurent Payfert Quartet & Sascha – Théâtre d'Esch – Esch/Alzette, LU
Feb 07, 2018
Duo Ley & Payfert – Artikuss – Sanem, LU
Jan 21, 2018
Ley & Payfert – Jazz North East – Newcastle, UK
Jan 21, 2018
Sascha Ley, Faye CacCalman & John Pope – Jazz North East – Newcastle, UK
Jan 08, 2018
Ley & Payfert – B-flat – Berlin, DE
Jan 07, 2018
Ley & Payfert – Klosterscheune – Zehdenick, DE
Jan 06, 2018
Ley & Payfert – Saxstall – Pohrsdorf bei Tharand, DE
Dec 11, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Abbaye de Neumünster – Luxembourg, LU
Dec 10, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Abbaye de Neumünster – Luxembourg, LU
Dec 06, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Kinneksbond – Mamer, LU
Dec 05, 2017
The Grund Club X-mas edition – Abbaye Neumünster – Luxembourg, LU
Dec 03, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin - A la lueur de brume – Atelier Paradiso – Bettemburg, LU
Dec 02, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin - A la lueur de brume – Atelier Paradiso – Bettemburg, LU
Dec 01, 2017
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Atelier Paradiso – Bettemburg, LU
Nov 24, 2017
Charity Concert – SOS Village Enfant – Luxembourg, LU
Sep 22, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Altrimenti – Luxembourg, LU
Sep 21, 2017
Laurent Payfert Quartet & Sascha – Kulturzentrum – Bascharage, LU
Aug 06, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Food For Your Senses – Luxembourg, LU
Aug 02, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Festival Crest Jazz Vocal – Crest, FR
Jul 29, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Blues & Jazz Rally, Uptown Café – Luxembourg, LU
Jul 22, 2017
Itinerantes Electro Acoustic Session – Konrad Café & Bar – Luxembourg, LU
Jul 17, 2017
Konrad Café & Bar – Konrad Café & Bar – Luxembourg, LU
Jun 21, 2017
Casse-Tête n°12 – Terminus – Sarreguemines, FR
Jun 18, 2017
Canto D'Amore – Kinneksbond – Mamer, LU
Jun 17, 2017
Canto D'Amore – Kinneksbond – Mamer, LU
May 07, 2017
Vocal Workshop – Inecc – Luxembourg, LU
May 06, 2017
Vocal Workshop – Inecc – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 30, 2017
Solo In(Ter)ventions at the Pulse Of Europe – Place Clairefontaine – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 29, 2017
Vocal Workshop – Inecc – Luxembourg, LU
Apr 04, 2017
Vocal Workshop – St Peter's Church – London, UK
Apr 03, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Vortex – London, UK
Apr 02, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Jazz North East – Newcastle, UK
Mar 26, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Thillenvogteischeier – Rindschleiden, LU
Feb 25, 2017
Sascha Ley – Radio ARA – Luxembourg, LU
Jan 15, 2017
Ley & Payfert – Neijoerspatt Déi Gréng, ARCA – Bertrange, LU
Dec 18, 2016
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Atelier Paradiso – Bettemburg, LU
Dec 17, 2016
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – Atelier Paradiso – Bettemburg, LU
Dec 11, 2016
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – MUDAM – Luxembourg, LU
Dec 10, 2016
Der Gesang der Schneekönigin – MUDAM – Luxembourg, LU
Dec 04, 2016
X-mas Concert – CAPE – Ettelbruck, LU
Dec 03, 2016
X-mas Concert – CAPE – Ettelbruck, LU

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