|SoCorpo is a vocal duo comprised of Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman, whose music stretches the possibilities of the human voice and bridges gaps between contemporary new music, jazz, folk & world music.SoCorpo will perform the new Inelement CD, plus selections from their previous album, On Becoming. Inelement (Ears Wide Open Records) draws inspiration and influences from the ancient world’s five elements from various cultures: Fire, Water, Air, Earth & Void. It is an ode to the natural world and to the essences that enliven our bodies and lives. This composed and improvised work is for two voices, live and looped. Instrumentally, the work features the mbira array & two zithers, the bowed psaltery and autoharp which are played acoustically and processed, through plucking, bowing, striking and strumming.
“Inelement” is available now on CD Baby.
“Accuracy, audacity, intelligence, variety, originality and virtuosity. What else can you ask for?”
-Guilherme de Alencar Pinto, Brecha.
“The duo’s fascinating vocal technique references classical Indian vocal traditions, polyphonic Scandinavian vocal style, contemporary new music, and is even reminiscent of the Dadaist performances of Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk. …Their vocal delivery is charged with almost telepathic interplay…”
-Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz
“Sasha and Sabrina played so exquisitely off of each other that they sounded at times like one voice, and have a superb use of both harmony and oral shapes.”
-Chris McGovern, Sequenza 21.
You can listen a sample of the new album: “On the Root”
Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a composer, vocalist & multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from writing live and recorded music for theater, dance and film to cross-disciplinary performance to songs with unusual accompaniments to music for unique ensembles, such as gamelan & early music groups. Sasha has a MA from the UCSC and a BFA from the CalArts, where he studied composition and world musics, later integrating the two into multi-movement, interdisciplinary performances. He has composed music for numerous media, such as SoCorpo’s ‘On Becoming,’ a vocal theater work, TV & film scores, ‘Grimm,’ a multimedia dance theater work; and ‘Hidden Circle,’ an interdisciplinary work for voice, movement & projections. Sasha is currently active composing & performing solo as well as with the cross-disciplinary theatre ensemble, Loom, the M6, a vocal sextet, and SoCorpo, a vocal duo. He has worked with artists and companies, such as: Meredith Monk, Lou Harrison, SaReel Project, Hesperus, Just Strings, Sabrina Lastman, Gamelan Son of Lion, Pusaka Sunda, Microfest & the American Festival of Microtonal Music. Sasha has performed throughout the world in such varied countries as Australia, Japan, India and Indonesia to throughout the USA and to local venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, BAM, The Tank, Galapagos, Issue Project Room and the Stone. He is co-founder of arts non-profit, World In One and Vital Vox Festival. www.sashabmusic.com
Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, New York based vocalist, performer, and composer Sabrina Lastman(Uruguay/ Israel) is described as “perennially eclectic and innovative” and as an artist who “embraces the audience with the sweetness of her voice.” Sabrina leads the Sabrina Lastman Quartet, and creates and performs interdisciplinary new music projects incorporating voice, sound, movement, and visuals – these include Dialogues of Silence,On Becoming (album released w/SoCorpo, 2009), River of Painted Birds, An Encounter with ‘El Duende’ and Inelement. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sabrina has toured internationally and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Blues Alley Jazz, ISSUE Project Room, Juilliard, Roulette, NYU, Yale University, Rutgers University, CUNY and Classical Guitar Association of New York, among others. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (Grammy Award Winner), Bakithi Kumalo, Meredith Monk (Grammy Award Nominated), Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (Grammy Award Nominated), Emilio Solla, Pedro Giraudo, David Silliman, The M6, Philip Hamilton, Meg Okura, and Leonardo Suarez-Paz. Her album The Folds of the Soul was nominated by the Graffiti Awards 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year. Sabrina was awarded grants from the LMCC & DCA, and NYSCA. Sabrina is the co-artistic director ofVital Vox Festival and a member of World in One. She graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel.