Sasha is a singer, medievalist, composer-designer making medieval spectral disco, and formerly a linguist and a lawyer. They teach Medieval Multimedia at Parsons School of Design, and Music History at Mannes School of Music, The New School.
Sasha’s artistic practice is shaped by a structuralist approach to cross-cultural phenomena, especially language contact, pidgins and creoles, migration, and the linguistics of Africa and the African diaspora.
Their most recent Afro-medieval design project involved re-imagining 5th-century Ostrogoth cloaks in chitenge wax cloth in collaboration with a team of Zambian tailors (Lusaka, Zambia, 2019). Past musical projects are described under the "Composing" tab.
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 a lawyer specialized in international tax issues.
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.
Sasha's pronouns are he, she, or they.