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)
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.
THE WEE HOURS
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