Happily getting rewarded by applauses and the international press.
Thanks to the audience and the journalists, to our label JazzHausMusik and everybody out there!
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Very unique and absolutely captivating! The Luxembourgish-French duo Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert offers often wordless, varied vocals in combination with a free melodic double bass. Although their dialogues are based on compositions, they both deal with them very improvisationally. Ley’s Scat and avant-garde extroverted vocal arts add continuously new overlays to which Payfert adds minimalistic sound sculptures with his four-string. Very unique and absolutely captivating! Olaf Maikopf, Jazzthetik (DE) 01-02/20
Exceptional music. A very beautiful duo. An astonishing and fascinating voice ... in extraordinary harmony with Laurent Payfert. Superb. La nuit des sauriens, Radio Stolliahc (FR) 01/20
A great record. This duo cannot leave anyone indifferent. Its musical direction is radical. Love it or hate it. I chose my camp: I am definitely subjugated by the voice of Sascha Ley and the one, which passes through the strings and the body of the double bass, Laurent Payfert. The music is, as the subject, uncompromising. The voice and the bass join as much as they tear each other apart, repel each other as much as they intermingle, answer each other as much as they anticipate. There is something very sensual about Sascha's singing and something animal too. She sings, hisses, whispers, hiccups and he scratches, glides, pinches. The pieces are short, intense, as pictorial as they are abstract, as poetic as they are raw. At a few moments, towards the end, Jean Pascal Boffo's guitar invites itself as if to prepare the arrival of the soothing piano of Murat Öztürk on a last piece, "Departure", of a beauty and elegance unheard of. It is like a veil that rises and reveals a clear sky. We float after this intense trip, we are well, we breathe and we say we've listened to a great record. Jacques Prouvost (BE) 12/19
It’s Alright To Be Everywhere, which has been released by JazzHausMusik turns out to be quite nice. Ley has a definite style on her own developed as singer, actress, poet and composer, while Payfert has a typical wonderful European style and sound. Inspired by those wonderful Sheila Jordan duet albums, but takes a different direction. One Man’s Jazz (CA) 11/19
Once again Sascha offered the audience a monument of ingenuity and originality.
… a delightful delirium that involves the audience into an infinite, devestating, yet emotionally charged waltz. A journey that only Sascha can offer us. Her voice is unique. She paves the way for imaginary and illustrated worlds and universes which enable the listener to build and deconstruct all kinds of unprecedented scenes in his mind. Laurent Payfert is astonishing at the double bass, he is a man of sound, a ferryman of sound experiences. An massive musical program that took the listeners to the limits of psychedelism.” Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek 11/19 Michel Schroeder
The unbeatable combination of vocals and bass. Ley's vocals are great to listen to. Payfert is a very skilled and creative bass player. Together they have created an exciting and lovely album. You should definitely put this exciting and varied music at the top of your list. Jan Granli, Salt Peanuts (DK) 10/19
An extraordinary duo - Recommendation of the week
Sascha Ley has a unique voice and style of interpretation that combines jazz improvisation, folk and contemporary music. The artist, reaching for various vocal techniques, comes out victorious from each practice, as evidenced by her concerts and records warmly received throughout Europe. Spontaneous sound creations are an interesting mix of contemporary jazz and experimental music. Carsten Dahl, Longplay (PL) 10/19