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Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert present the subtle art of combining vocals and double bass. Based on mutual musical affinities, Luxembourg based vocalist, improviser, actress and poet and her congenial fellow musician from France open the doors to a special kind of sound journey that blends free improvisation, written and instant compositions with familiar sonorities. Dreamlike and suggestive soundscapes, experiments, sound painting, the use of extended vocal and instrumental techniques as well as narrative art take the audience to an always surprising, inviting and spirited experience off the beaten track.
While we keep exploring the wide and wild universe of sounds, words, music and freedom our research also consists in finding the most organic way to combine and unite instant compositions with arrangements and composed works. Beyond the vocal and lyrical part of the instrumentation, the exploration and combinations of even abstract sounds and expressions as an immediate form of communication are a vast and most beautiful field I love to explore. With Laurent on the bass the dialogue is as sparkling and fresh as ever, a quality that transmits the duo’s particular and exciting music in a natural way to the audience.
Discovering the unknown can be very exciting; the bridges to familiar sounds are built and transformed again. A journey, an adventure, curious ears are spoiled.
Our guests on the album are Jean Pascal Boffo - g, sfx and Murat Öztürk - piano - who both joined us for a couple of songs at the release concert and added some more colours to the album.
BUY The album will be available in shops as well as on the popular and on many other online shops or download sites worldwide ... and of course during the concerts. You can order your copy here as well
We know and definitely love them: the Luxembourgish singer and composer Sascha Ley and her French double bass player Laurent Payfert. Constantin Sieg, Radio Unerhört Marburg (DE) 06/20
Ley effectively explores a variety of emotions without resorting to set lyrics. Payfert has an excellent technique and sometimes swings the music even though he can play as freely as Ley sings. New York City Jazz Record (USA) 06/20
The combination of a female voice and a double bass is an attraction by itself - and if there is such a coherent chemistry as there is between the singer, actress and poet Sascha Ley from Luxembourg (born in Saarbrücken) and the French double bass player Laurent Payfert, the friends of experimental sounds should prick up their ears. The CD “It's alright to be everywhere” (JazzHausMusik), which comes up with relatively short, seemingly improvised pieces from own compositions, successfully resists hasty cataloging: Ley occasionally moves in the realms of traditional jazz singing, mostly she sets her own of course, tunes in like an instrument, whether archaically sounding and reminiscent of the singing of indigenous peoples or rhythmically percussive - Payfert creates the dialogue with the partner on the bass in a correspondingly modern sound research with minimalist features. The album impresses with its spacious dramaturgy, and in the strongest moments Ley and Payfert open up almost cosmic soundscapes through the use of audio effects such as echoes, samples and loops, and with the support of the Gallic guest musicians Jean Pascal Boffo (guitar, electronics) and Murat Öztürk (piano) without missing the groovy grounding - that has both flow and depth at the same time. Stefan Uhrmacher, Saarbrücker Zeitung & Pfälzischer Merkur (DE) 02/20
Very unique and absolutely captivating! The Luxembourgish-French duo Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert offers often wordless, varied vocals in combination with a free melodic double bass. Although their dialogues are based on compositions, they both deal with them strongly improvisational. Ley’s Scat and avant-garde extroverted vocal arts add continuously new overlays to which Payfert adds minimalistic sound sculptures with his four-string. Very unique and absolutely captivating! Olaf Maikopf, Jazzthetik (DE) 01-02/20
Exceptional music. A very beautiful duo. An astonishing and fascinating voice ... in extraordinary harmony with Laurent Payfert. Superb. La nuit des sauriens, Radio Stolliahc (FR) 01/20
“An amazing concert. Experimentation. We are in an urban jungle. We are in a bar. We are on the roof of a building in London. We are on a street, and the music is with us. As long as there are voices like Sascha’s and instruments such as Laurent's, everything will be fine.”