Hildegard is guitarist Cliff Hines and vocalist Sasha Masakowski, two New Orleans musicians who blend a variety of diverse genres to create their own unique sound. Their new album is set to be released in early 2015, but for now we’re proud to premiere their eerie new video for “A To Z” today..
Sasha Masakowski doesn't look all that fierce. But she doesn't look like she hangs out in strip clubs either. Looks can be deceiving.
"With the influx of so many great artists... I also witness the destruction of important New Orleans emblems and wonder why that is..."
"exploring Tokyo’s Harajuku district leaves me feeling elated and amazed..."
"I treat each song as a short story. Each band member is a character playing a specific role in carrying out the plot, developing their part by adding their own unique interpretations to the story line. "
“You are your own boss, and you have to treat yourself like a business, and that has to be your priority.”
"Jazz music is... all about individual expression and creating your own style and sound..."
"Whatever the music demands, Sasha becomes. From sultry Brazilian romance to bluesy balladry, she infuses it all with playful personality and pristine execution."
"Sasha vocals do not simply show promise, rather, it is a promise—to arrest your attention and sate your every auditory need.."
"It's perfectly outrageous and a bold accessory choice, which makes me feel uninhibited and bold in my musical choices."
"The first music I ever bought was a cassette tape of TLC's "Crazy, Sexy, Cool"
"I always wanted to be Pavarotti as a child"
Three New Orleans vocalists explain the art of scat singing, it's history and their approach to the music with a demonstration of the song Bourbon Street Parade.
"...the young singer makes it clear that this is high-fashion music that lives beyond the borders of The Big Easy."- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
"Her material choice shows a daring disregard for the commercial mainstream and a courage to step out and do something different...very successfully"- C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"Masakowski and Co. have accomplished something here that doesn’t recall that track so much as completely reimagine it"- Nick Deriso, Somethin' Else"
"as a singer with a musician’s flare for improvisation and color, Masakowski moves quickly away from the new standard of well-dressed ape-ists, stuck forever in some blow-dried, blindingly safe version of straight-ahead institutionalism" - Nick Deriso, Somethin' Else
"It seems that the Masakowskis are poised to become yet another family of prolific musicians who call New Orleans home, joining the ranks of the Neville, Marsalis, Battiste, French, Dede, and countless other musical dynasties of our city’s rich past before them." - Carolyn Heneghan, Where Y'at
"The band’s adventurousness combined with Masakowski’s fetching performance makes for alluring and invigorating aural experience"- Aaron Lafont, Offbeat
"her vocalizations... show an expansive talent and a solid technical mastery"- J Hunter, All About Jazz
“Sometimes, in-between songs, I have these flashbacks where I’m five years old, jumping on the bed and faking the lyrics in Portuguese, trying to sing along with the LPs dad would play,”