Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA.
Sasha started playing drums at eight years old. She eventually went on to pursue a jazz emphasis at her high school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she picked up the vibraphone at age 13. During this time period, Sasha made numerous musical strides - at the age of 14, she was commissioned to lead a group performing an arrangement of one of multi-grammy award winning indie artist Beck Hansen's songs, alongside Beck himself. She was a two year member of director Paul Contos’ SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra, the winners of the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 big band conglomerate division at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and winner of the 2016 conglomerate division at the Portland Jazz Festival. She was also a guest percussionist in the Oakland Youth Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. She was awarded over five major music college scholarships in 2016, and in the spring of 2017, was selected to attend the Banff International Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music run by pianist Vijay Iyer on the program's full scholarship.
Sasha has recorded music at studios such as the well renowned Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, Flux Studios in New York, and Jingletown Studios in Oakland, CA. She has performed at venues such as the Fox Theater, Great American Music Hall, Treasure Island Music Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, the SF Jazz Miner Auditorium, and the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with musicians such as Ravi Coltrane, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matt Wilson, Jane Ira Bloom, Billy Hart, Melissa Aldana, Ledisi, Vince Lateano, Victor Wooten, and Tyshawn Sorey, and has received personal recognition from musicians such as Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Matt Stevens, Jen Shyu, Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, and Obed Calvaire.
Sasha is currently attending The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. She studies under contemporary jazz vibraphone master Stefon Harris as well as vibraphonist Chris Dingman. Sasha also currently works for Biophilia Records, the environmentally conscious music label cultivated by pianist Fabian Almazan. Sasha is also an endorsing artist for BlueHaus Mallets. She desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded. She hopes to develop further sophistication in her sound and extend her musical abilities in New York and beyond.
"I'm betting money on her - she's going places." - Ambrose Akinmusire, award winning jazz trumpeter, 2007 Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Blue Note artist.
"(Sasha's) playing is impressive and passionate; a joy to hear." - David Friedman, renowned educator and percussionist, Berlin University of the Arts chair.
"I love that (Sasha) is so intellectually curious and insightful. (Sasha's) talent and drive are undeniably clear." - Stefon Harris, multi-Grammy nominated vibraphonist and educator, Associate Dean of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music.
A "brilliant young composer-vibraphonist." - Vijay Iyer, Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and educator, 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Professor of the Arts at Harvard University Department of Music.
An "excellent soloist...a great risk-taker." - Andrew Cyrille, renowned jazz and avant-garde drummer, performed with Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Reggie Workman, Coleman Hawkins, and more.
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