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Sasha Zamler-Carhart (1975) was born in France, spent his formative years in California, then studied composition in England and Holland.

In an earlier professional life he obtained a masters in linguistics from Stanford and a law degree from Stanford Law School, briefly managed a small venture capital fund and worked as a lawyer for the firm of Baker & McKenzie. This motley background is reflected in his music, which is equally hefty and kooky.

He has studied with various living composers, but his real teachers have been Machaut and Rameau. Much of his inspiration is drawn from his research into traditional folk music and Western early music. He has done ethno-musicological field research in Cameroon, Gabon and Madagascar, and authored critical editions and translations of 14th- and 15th-century poetic and musical works.

He taught medieval music performance and Latin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands) for five years. He is also the founder and director of The Ascoli Ensemble, a vocal ensemble specialized in early polyphony.

June 19, 2015
Recording Saxophone Quartet No. 3
"Disco Night at the Visconti Court"
Elisabeth University, Hiroshima, Japan


April 10, 2015
KaZoo (US Premiere)
Acoustic+ Concert Series
Mise-En_Place - 678 Hart Street #1B, Brooklyn, NY


November 2014
New CD release: Veneto 1440
The Ascoli Ensemble, dir. Sasha Zamler-Carhart
Published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences


October 10, 2014
Livre de pièces de clavecin (US Premiere)
Olivier Garde, harpsichord
Spectrum - 121 Ludlow Street, New York


June 14, 2014
Missa Ioannis Damasceni
Marcel Verheggen, organ
Nederlands Gregoriaans Festival, Ravenstein, Netherlands


June 2, 2014
Livre de pièces de clavecin
Olivier Garde, harpsichord
Hyakkokumachi Museum, Hirosaki, Japan


May 27, 2014
Livre de pièces de clavecin
Olivier Garde, harpsichord (World Premiere)
Tokyo Opera City, Ohmi Gakudo


August 31, 2013
Saxophone Quartet No.1 "Yukiguni"
Kazuya Kato & Lilili Quartet (World Premiere)
Setouchi Triennale Festival, Megijima, Japan


March 15, 2013
Dance Piece Le Pli
Megan Harrold & Inimois Dance Company (Netherlands Premiere)
Orgelpark Amsterdam


December 16, 2012
The St. Francis String Quartets
JACK Quartet (World Premiere)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


November 27, 2012
Oratorio Sponsus
World Premiere
Auditorium Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines, Toulouse, France

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