With an extraordinary musical complicity, Sascha Ley and Laurent Payfert share an exciting dialogue along the crossroads of modern jazz, popular, rock music, improvisation and instant composition. An adventurous project, inspired by the boundless world of sound, their music - delicate and minimalistic, rhythmical and strong - sounds out the possibilities of both their instruments and compositions. The Gateshead Festival describes them as a remarkable duo whose beautifully integrated music breathes fresh life into familiar songs, as well as heading off in bold new directions as Sascha's wordless vocals interweave with Laurent's freely melodic playing. Hypnotic and mesmerising.
SASCHA LEY likes walking along unconventional paths in her musical output, which is strongly oriented towards jazz, free improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music. The German-Luxembourgish vocalist and actress studied in Germany, Netherlands and India. 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.