Sasha (he/she/they) is a singer, medievalist, composer/designer, and formerly a linguist and a lawyer.
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 research work as a medievalist, and it was also their work as a linguist. Sometimes the same research machinery is toggled to output and is used to make a design object: this is their work as a composer, designer, and writer, and it used to be their work as a tax lawyer.
Sasha is on the faculty at The New School, where they teach speculative trans-medium design at Parsons School of Design, and music history at Mannes School of Music. Their current research focuses on historical repertoires as multimedia design projects, and time travel as a tool for radical social critique.
Sasha's work tends to be shaped by a structuralist approach to cross-cultural phenomena: language contact, pidgins and creoles, migration, and the linguistics of Africa and the African diaspora. Their most recent Afro-Medieval project re-imagined 5th-century Ostrogoth cloaks in chitenge wax cloth in collaboration with a team of Zambian tailors (Lusaka, 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.