As a versatile stage performer, Sascha Ley occupies a solid place in the Luxembourg art and cultural scene for years. The five-language actress, singer, composer and poet likes to follow unconventional paths – musically particularly oriented towards Jazz, Free Improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music.
Parallel to music and drama she has devoted herself in recent years increasingly to writing and interdisciplinary performance.
Since the beginning of 2000 Sascha has produced several shows and albums under her label and Food for Thought Office yela music / yela muse.
Sascha is based in Luxembourg and works internationally.
“The vocal artist from Luxembourg, who also works as an actress and composer, is – if one may say so – without parallel in Europe … an extraordinary singer and musician in every way.” - JAZZ PODIUM (D)
"Sascha Ley carries a whole universe of voices. Galaxies full of music." - Jazz Podium (D)
Sascha Ley likes exploring unconventional paths in her musical output embracing jazz, free improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music. Since 2007 she has produced and published five albums with mostly own compositions under her creative office label yela music. The latest release "It's Alright To Be Everywhere" by her duo with French double bass player Laurent Payfert is the duo's second work featuring an experimental mixture of contemporary jazz and instant composition. "It's Alright To Be Everywhere" has been released by the German label JazzHausMusik in October 2019.
"At concerts of freely improvised music, one often sees absorbed, serious faces - especially when this special discipline today announces less of aesthetic rebellion and is more a matter of the educated middle class. Georg Ruby, improviser, composer, pianist and pedagogue, thinks nothing at all of such connotations when it comes to music, to alert communication, to the joy of the thing. [...] From so much artistic enlightenment arises [...] an idiosyncratic flow, which also allows itself many a labyrinthine turn and bend. Free sound dialogues lead over to individually formed, even recitative-like moments. And the interactions between Ruby's sometimes powerfully straightforward, then subtly prepared piano, the filigree bass playing and an imaginatively charged noise poetry of the drums are fascinating. Above all, the vocal aspect has loads of charisma [...]."
(Stefan Pieper, Jazzthetik 05/06-2021: 26 f.)
It is possible to regard Georg Ruby's Trio Village Zone as a new interpretation of the classical piano jazz trio. In its improvisations the album "Saluti a Peppino" represents structural progress of the jazz trio turning it into, as one might say, a "whole" instrument, a unique body of sound avoiding the leading character of the piano. Sascha Ley, female vocalist from Luxemburg, is featured on four of the songs. In the intense version of Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" the quality of a spiritually communicative alliance becomes concrete straight away. Otherwise "Saluti a Peppino" is a daring piece of music. The chuzpe of the trio's musicians performing the songs "St. Tropez Twist" and "Le Stelle d’Oro", compositions of the Italian pop folk grandmaster Peppino di Capri, by singing and playing, pays tribute to di Capri's originals and shows how much excessive fun, how much materialised endorphin can be produced by an extraordinary band.
(release date: 14 May 2021, JazzHausMusik)
"A perfect symbiosis between literature and music. An incomparable Sascha Ley." - La Voix (L)
"Divine … simply captivating, enchanting, marvelously vulgar and full of magic charisma." - Süddeutsche Zeitung (D)
Her dramatic repertory as a multilingual actress covers the classical and the modern literature as well as the tragedy and the comedy. Parallel to music and acting she has devoted herself in recent years increasingly to writing and interdisciplinary performance. ...