Sasha Kaoru Zamler-Carhart (they/them) is a singer, writer, medievalist, and composer/designer.
Their artistic practice is research-based and reversible like an air conditioner. Sometimes it's forensic and pointed at dissecting an existing object: this is their work as a medievalist and music historian. Sometimes it is toggled to output and is used to make a design object: this is their work as a composer, designer, and writer.
They are on the faculty at The New School, where they teach music history at Mannes School of Music and occasionally speculative design at Parsons School of Design. Their research interests include musical repertoires and/as multimedia design, trans(ient) identities, time travel, linguistics (especially pidgins and creoles), Africa and the African diaspora, textiles, intersectional experiences of gender, Byzantine and Late Antiquity studies.
Their first book "The Goths & Other Stories" is published by Punctum Books. Several composers have written operas and song cycles for their voice: Jason Cady, Andrew Noseworthy, Samn Johnson, Kyle Tieman-Strauss. They are also the vocalist of the improv band Zamler-Carhart Rauh Greenberg. The band's new album "Mots Ricos" is coming out with CCR/Naxos. Their latest Afro-Medieval textile project reimagined 5th-century Ostrogoth cloaks in chitenge fabric in Lusaka, Zambia.
Before moving to New York they led the Medieval Music program at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and directed The Ascoli Ensemble, a vocal ensemble for medieval polyphony. They also used to be a 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.