Sasha (they/them) is a singer, writer, medievalist, composer/designer, and formerly a linguist and lawyer.
Sasha is on the faculty at The New School, where they teach speculative design at Parsons School of Design, and music history at Mannes School of Music. Their research interests include historical performance practice as multimedia design, Afro-Medieval time travel, textiles, intersectional experiences of gender, pidgins and creoles, and the cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.
Sasha's artistic practice is reversible like an air conditioner. Sometimes it's forensic and archeological, and the analytical machinery is pointed at dissecting an existing object: this is their work as a medievalist (and earlier as a linguist). Sometimes the machinery is toggled to output and is used to make a design object: this is their work as a composer, designer, and writer (and previously as a lawyer).
Sasha's most recent Afro-Medieval project re-imagined 5th-century cloaks in Zambian chitenge wax cloth. Their first book "The Goths & Other Stories" is coming out with Punctum Books.
Sasha is the vocalist of Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg, an improv band that composes music on poetry in real time. Several composers have written operas and song cycles for Sasha’s voice: Jason Cady, Andrew Noseworthy, Samn Johnson, Kyle Tieman-Strauss.
Before moving to New York Sasha was director of the Medieval Music program at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands, and artistic director of The Ascoli Ensemble, a vocal ensemble for medieval polyphony. They also used to be an international corporate tax lawyer.
They hold a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in linguistics from Stanford University, an MMus in composition from University of London (Royal Holloway), a Diploma in composition from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, and a double major BA in linguistics and philosophy from Stanford University.