Sasha Berliner

BIO

Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA.

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Sasha started playing drums at eight years old. She pursued a jazz emphasis at her high school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she picked up the vibraphone at age 13. She is an alumni of the SF Jazz High School All Stars Orchestra and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. She headlined festivals like the Atlanta Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, all by the age of 19.

In that same year, she was deemed one of SF Jazz's 10 Rising Female Instrumentalists for 2018 and was featured by Hot House Jazz Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine, The SF Jazz Education Center, PBS News Hour, NPR, NBC Boston, and The New York Times for both her musicianship and her activism.

 Performing with her group at The Jazz Gallery, 2018.

Performing with her group at The Jazz Gallery, 2018.

Sasha has gone on to perform at venues such as the Fox Theater, The Jazz Gallery, Treasure Island Music Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, the Jazz Education Network Conference, 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, Beck Hansen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matt Wilson, Warren Wolf, Billy Hart, Melissa Aldana, Ledisi, Vince Lateano, Victor Wooten, and Tyshawn Sorey.

 

Sasha is currently living in New York City, attending The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. She is studying under contemporary jazz vibraphonists Stefon Harris and Chris Dingman, as well as pianist, scholar, and composer Vijay Iyer. Sasha is an endorsing artist for BlueHaus Mallets, and a faculty member at the MalletLab percussion intensive alongside vibraphonists Warren Wolf and Drew Tucker. She also works for Biophilia Records, the environmentally conscious music label cultivated by renowned pianist Fabian Almazan. 

Sasha desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded. She looks forward to developing further sophistication in her sound and extending her musical abilities in New York and beyond. Sasha's next major musical project, her sophomore album "Azalea",  is projected to release by the end of 2018.

 Performing at The Cell, 2018.

Performing at The Cell, 2018.


PRAISE FOR SASHA BERLINER

"As a versatile drummer and gifted vibraphone player, Sasha wields a technique and musical sense that portends a thrilling career. In her original works, she also deserves significant praise, having already asserted herself as a creative, genre-defying composer and excellent bandleader with a keen sense of possibilities for the music." - Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine.

"She has already asserted herself as a creative, genre-defying composer and excellent bandleader with a sixth sense of yet-unheard possibilities." - Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

A "rising jazz luminary." - The Flynn Center for Performing Arts.

"(Sasha's) playing is impressive and passionate; a joy to hear." - David Friedman, renowned educator and percussionist, Berlin University of the Arts chair.

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