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Sabrina Lastman
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Sabrina Lastman (Uruguay / Israel) is a New York based vocalist, performer, and composer born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, she often integrates extended vocal techniques. 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 (with SoCorpo, album released 2009), River of Painted Birds, An Encounter with El Duende, and Inelement (with SoCorpo).

The Sabrina Lastman Quartet is an innovative music project that brings together jazz, South American rhythms and contemporary music. This project reflects the many influences that Sabrina has experienced while living in her home country Uruguay, in Israel, and since 2005 in New York City. The Quartet plays original compositions and arrangements of music by Latin American composers like Ruben Rada, and Egberto Gismonti, being some of her compositions inspired by the poetry of renowned South American writers. She brings those experiences –so far away from each other– to an artistic unity, showing that cultural bridges can be built. As a vocalist, Sabrina expands the possibilities of the voice, finding a rich variety of sonorities, colors, and textures. Sabrina sings in Spanish, English, Hebrew and Portuguese, keeping in each language a deep meaning of text and voice quality. Her latest album with the SLQ called The Candombe Jazz Sessions (ZOHO Music) was released in March 2012.

Her album The Folds of the Soul was nominated by the Graffiti Award 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and it was considered of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture and Education in Uruguay. She was invited to sing her compositions based on the poems of Uruguayan poet Idea Vilariño at the presentation of the book Idea Vilariño: La Vida Escrita. Sabrina was awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Sabrina has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (Grammy Award Winner), Bakithi Kumalo, Meredith Monk, Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (Grammy Award Nominated), Emilio Solla, Pedro Giraudo, David Silliman, Daphna Mor, Dave Eggar (Grammy Award Winner), Alexis Cuadrado, Alexander Norris, Meg Okura, Sasha Bogdanowitsch, The M6, Philip Hamilton’s VOICES, Victor Prieto, Gustavo Casenave, Leonardo Suarez-Paz, Don Harris, Eddy Khaimovich, Gustavo Casenave, Jorge Trasante, Beledo, Andrés Bedó, Roberto De Bellis, Pablo Somma, Franco Pinna, Quintino Cinalli, The Shul Band, Villa-Lobos Brothers, Ora Boasson, Dvir Katz, Abe Doron, Milka Laks, Keren Hadar, Ehud Horev, and Shahar Choir, among others.

Sabrina has toured internationally and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall (NY), Blue Note (NY), Joe’s Pub (NY), La Mama Moves Festival at La Mama Theatre (NY), Latin Jazz Series Festival at Blues Alley Jazz (Whashington DC), ISSUE Project Room (NY), Juilliard (NY), New York University, Roulette (NY), Yale University (CT), Rutgers University (NJ), Museo del Barrio (NY), Harvard University, City University of New York, Classical Guitar Association of New York, Latino Cultural Festival at Queens Theatre in the Park (NY), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Association Concerts (Israel), Abu Gosh Vocal Festival (Israel), Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music (Israel), Felicja Blumental Music Center (Israel), Teatro Solis (Uruguay), Cafe Vinilo (Argentina), Centro Cultural de España (Uruguay), Sala Zitarrosa (Uruguay), Milestone Jazz Club (Israel), Master Class Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic at Jerusalem Music Centre, Shablul Jazz (Israel), Diaspora Museum of Tel Aviv (Israel), Kfar Blum Brazilian Music Festival (Israel), and PPA Festival (Poland).

She is the Co-Artistic Director of Vital Vox: A Vocal Festival (www.vitalvoxfest.com) that explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. It celebrates composer-performers in the vocal arts that stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways.

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