Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert present the subtle art of combining vocals and double bass. Their dreamlike and suggestive soundscapes occasionally move on the experimental side, with sound painting, the use of extensive vocal and instrumental techniques and narrative art. They also like to breathe fresh life into familiar songs by proposing a bold mix of spontaneous and written compositions.
The Gateshead International Jazz Festival described their music as beautifully integrated music, mesmerizing and fascinating.
This defines the goal of the duo quite well: the sound invites the spirit to travel.
SASCHA LEY likes walking along unconventional paths in her musical output, which is strongly oriented towards jazz, free improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music and the use of extended vocal techniques. The German-Luxembourgish vocalist and actress studied in Amsterdam, Bombay, Luxembourg, Saarbrücken. In parallel with music, drama and film works, Sascha has devoted herself in recent years increasingly to composing and writing, creating and directing interdisciplinary performances.
LAURENT PAYFERT, French double bass player and composer, has been trained in classical music at the Conservatoire de Metz (F). Playing as a bassist in rock and funk bands, he gets into jazz and improvised music by the end of the 80ies, stylistically influenced by encounters with H. Van De Geyn, Ricardo Del Fra and Steve Laca a. o.. Besides the duo and his "Laurent Payfert Quartet", he performs as a sideman and collaborates with stage artists and sculptors. www.laurentpayfert.com