Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist & composer whose work ranges from writing for chamber ensembles to multi-track tapes with live performance to music for unique ensembles, such as gamelan and early music groups, to live and recorded music for theater, dance and film. Sasha has a Master of Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied composition and world musics, integrating the two into multi-movement, interdisciplinary performances. For the voice, Sasha often uses a language of sounds and has developed a way of singing that incorporates his studies in world, early & contemporary new musics. He has composed music for numerous theater, dance & films, such as the TV scores of ‘Burkittsville 7’ and ‘Shadow of the Blair Witch,’ ‘Grimm,’ a multimedia dance theater work, and ‘Hidden Circle,’ an interdisciplinary work for voice, prepared tape, movement & projections. Sasha has worked with many artists, such as: Loom Ensemble, SaReel Project, Sabrina Lastman, composer Lou Harrison, American Festival of Microtonal Music, Hesperus and Meredith Monk. He is also co-founder of arts non-profit, World in One, and the Vital Vox Vocal Festival. www.sashabmusic.com

 

Sasha Bogdanowitsch

Sabrina Lastman

Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, New York based vocalist, performer, and composer Sabrina Lastman (Uruguay / Israel) is described as “perennially eclectic and innovative” and as an artist who “embraces the audience with the sweetness of her voice.” Sabrina leads the Sabrina Lastman Quartet, and creates and performs interdisciplinary new music projects incorporating voice, sound, movement, and visuals – these include Dialogues of Silence, On Becoming (album with SoCorpo), River of Painted Birds, An Encounter with El Duende, and Inelement (SoCorpo new album 2013). Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sabrina has toured internationally and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, La Mama, Blues Alley Jazz, ISSUE Project Room, Juilliard, Roulette, New York University, Yale University, Rutgers University, Harvard University, and Classical Guitar Association of New York. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (Grammy Award Winner), Bakithi Kumalo, Meredith Monk, Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (Grammy Award Nominated), Emilio Solla, Pedro Giraudo, David Silliman, The M6, Philip Hamilton, Meg Okura, and Leonardo Suarez-Paz. Her album The Folds of the Soul was nominated by the Graffiti Award 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year. Sabrina was awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her latest album The Candombe Jazz Sessions (ZOHO Music) with the Sabrina Lastman Quartet was released in 2012, and her upcoming album Inelement with SoCorpo will be released in 2013. She is the co-artistic director of Vital Vox: A Vocal Festival (www.vitalvoxfest.com) that explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. Sabrina graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. www.sabrina-lastman.com