• Sasha Zamler-Carhart


    Sasha is a composer-designer, medievalist, singer, and formerly a linguist and a lawyer. They teach at Parsons and Mannes. Sasha’s artistic pratice is shaped by structuralist approach to cross-cultural contact phenomena, especially language contact, diffusion and transmission, migration, and the linguistics of Africa and the African diaspora. It is often collaborative and multimedia. Their most recent design project involved re-creating 5th-century Ostrogoth cloaks in African chitenge wax cloth in collaboration with Zambian tailors (Zambia 2019). Other projects have included an hour-long piece for music, dance and fabric about philosopher Gilles Deleuze (France 2012); a liturgical drama for music, theater, and light design (France 2012); an opera on St. Francis of Assisi (New York 2010); a Cameroonian comedy about witchcraft and politics for percussion, recitation, and projection (Netherlands 2006). Sasha is the vocalist of Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg, a New York band that improvises music on experimental poetry. Several composers have also written operas and song cycles for Sasha’s voice. Before joining the faculty at The New School they were director of the Medieval Music program at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Netherlands), and artistic director of The Ascoli Ensemble, a medieval vocal ensemble. They used to be a lawyer specialized in international tax issues. Sasha's pronouns are he, she, or they. More at

    Degrees Held:

    Sasha holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in linguistics from Stanford University, an MMus in composition from University of London (Royal Holloway), a Diploma in composition from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Netherlands), and a double major BA in linguistics and philosophy from Stanford University.

    Research Interests:

    medieval studies, Africa, linguistics, fashion, graphic design, acoustics

    Current Courses:

    History of Music 1A

    History of Music 1B (Spring 2019)

    Medieval Multimedia