Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA. A rock drummer turned vibraphonist, Sasha was first introduced to the instrument through her high school Oakland School for the Arts as part of the jazz program. While she had multifaceted interests throughout her adolescence that spanned academia and the arts, the vibraphone swept the lead in becoming her life passion.
She moved to New York City in 2016 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and study under acclaimed vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who was recommended to him personally when trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire heard her at Stanford Jazz Workshop in high school. Harris’s influence on Sasha, in particular with regard to harmony, is something that she felt was “nearly prophetic” in helping her liberate her unique style on the instrument.
Sasha got her major start on the NYC scene when she debuted at NYC Winter Jazz Fest in 2018, followed soon after by Atlanta Jazz Fest and Burlington Jazz Fest in the same year, all before age 20. Sasha was also the first US recipient of the LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award in 2019, where she headlined 10 reputable jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. This gave Sasha her first official foray into touring as a band leader and facilitated the creation of her debut album.