JAN 20 Philharmonie Luxembourg
JAN 24 Buckblech Saarbrücken
JAN 26 bc Club Bad Hersfeld - cancelled due to illness!
JAN 29 Salon De Jazz Köln - cancelled due to illness!
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JazzHausMusik ( JHM292 )
Personal note about the album
For IN BETWEEN, my first solo album, I have been inspired mainly by personal themes such as life and death, beginning and ending, freedom and expansion, love and longing, the small detail and the great infinity, while standing in the so-called middle of life, the "in-between", which, marked by constant transitions, seems to be a dance between the heart and the universe. In complementary sounds between free improvisations and, instant and free compositions, I have created lyrics, songs and instrumentals, and also quote two of my favorite jazz songs to frame this flow of thoughts and feelings.
I use my voice, both as an instrument and in songs and pure recitations, as well as a piano, a micro-synthesizer and other devices. During the recording, I invited my wonderful sound engineer and fellow musician Jean Pascal Boffo to a jam session where he processed the vocals live. You'll hear him on the album as well.
News & Reviews
IN BETWEEN (JHM 292)
Hard to believe what this woman can do with her voice. Ley moves between all categories, and stylistically her vocal art can hardly be labeled either - she permanently crosses the borders between jazz, contemporary classical music, free improvisation, stylized folklore, sound experiments, rap or electronic tinkering. When Ley coos, whispers, recites in several languages; when we imagine ourselves in a radio play situation in the face of her technically multiplied voice, or when Ley imitates the archaic tongue-beat with a strong sound, it never remains superficial vocal acrobatics. Rather, her "songs", stories and sound collages are like chapters of an emotional diary - parts of a dramaturgical synthesis of the arts, which Jean P. Boffo seems to finally beam into cosmic-spacious expanses by means of "sound-processing". Stephan Uhrmacher, SZ (DE) 12/22 (DE)
Her first solo reveals a unique multi-layered lyrical world interspersed with experimental songs. Hiroki Sugita, Portrait in Jazz JP 12/22
A truly impressive voice. A remarkable CD. Michael van Gee, Radio Dreyeckland 12/22
Sascha Ley, singer and performance artist from Luxembourg, dares and wins all along the line. Ley tries things out, communicating nonverbally, layering different soundtracks of her voice. It occasionally reminds of the Vocal Summit band of the seventies, which, except for Bobby McFerrin, consisted of all women, but at times also of the exploratory urge of a Laurie Anderson, although Ley has no amplified violin at hand, but "only" micro synth & gadgets. "In Between" : One indeed lands in an in-between realm. It is an exciting place. Susanne Müller, Jazz Podium DE 12/22 | 1/23
A singular artist. "In Between" is a whole work, a choreography, almost a conductor's score, of an incredible intensity, with different and very rich atmospheres. Her art is impressive. A singer who bewitches you. A voice that fills the space. One is well there. Alain Duret, Gérard Dugelay, Radio RCF FR 11/22 (listen to the show in French)
The singer has a sense of nuance and narration. She masters her effects. Sascha unsettles and amazes us. The whole concert (like the record) is a journey, an experience and a reflection on life, society, the place of women, and memories. It's class. It is very personal and quite unique. It's a concert (a performance) to be experienced. Jacques Prouvost Jazzques BE 11/22
Dazzlingly, the singer, musician and actress Sascha Ley [...] impressed with her singing and vocal artistry... masters the throat singing technique of the Inuit, sometimes reminding of the African world music of "Zap Mama" and in her free spirit of the great old Meredith Monk. But her titles never seem epigonal, she always transforms the material into something of her own. Silvia Buss, Saarbrücker Zeitung 10/22
The experimental album is tailor-made for the stage. Sascha Ley plays her voice like a violin. She cradles her invisible instrument. [..] Sascha Ley makes easily accessible what is not easily accessible. Mixing frankly crazy bravura pieces and warmer songs, In Between definitely hits the bull's eye. Kévin Kroczek, D’Land LU 10/22
She explores what can be done with the voice - and that's a lot! She improvises, shouts, trills, growls, pants and sings, holds a dialogue with herself, explores different resonances. She's also a great storyteller. MELODIVA DE 10/22
With her musical concept, Sascha Ley seems to me to be a personality who stands somewhat apart from the so-called jazz scene and is very interesting not only for that reason. Jazz-Fun Magazine DE 10/22
[..] An astonishing collage of voices, improvisations and little stories. [..] the singer is radical and singular, juggling with words, language and vocalisms [..] in 17 crazy but catchy songs. Le Quotidien LU 10/2022
Curious sound structures [...] and little stories in the tone of Hirsch. But with undeniably its own charm and wit, as she juggles there with prose, poetry, glossolalia and droning waves and also whistling, conjuring up a very peculiar mono-musical. Badalchemy DE 09/22
Natasha Ehrmann „Sot emol“ Radio 100,7
Feeling at home in free improvised music
[...] On her musical way Sascha Ley developed an awareness for the world of sounds. It when she got into contact with free improvised music. Real sound worlds and "sound painting" would have opened a whole new world for the artist, in which she could immerse herself with all her senses.
Me. She. Her.
Working as a vocalist-composer-improviser-actor-performer-poet