Sasha gavlek quartet
A mix of high intensity rhythmic ideas, alongside luscious melodies and soulful improvisation, the quartet presents Gavlek's original compositions with fervour, exploring themes of self-discovery, nostalgia, and sometimes bugs.
Alongside Gavlek, the quartet features well-loved local musicians Lawrence Churches (drums), Angus Leighton (tenor sax), and Aleksander Folvig (guitar). Through their performances, this quartet shares their love for both alternative and classic jazz while providing audiences with an audibly alluring and refreshing musical experience.
Based in nipaluna lutruwita (Hobart, Tasmania), Sasha Gavlek (25) is a contemporary bassist, bandleader, composer and educator, with a love for alternative jazz and improvisation. Gavlek graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of music with a Bachelor of Music in 2019, and is a prominent and busy musician of the island, regularly performing within various established ensembles, and in 2022, having released her debut all-original album, On Second Thoughts by the Sasha Gavlek Quartet.
By day Gavlek provides musical tutorship and accompaniment to students across local schools. Nurturing her connection with the music scene in greater Southern Australia, Gavlek is passionate in discussing the experiences of women working within a heavily male-dominated industry, and the importance of providing opportunity to those who find their voices often lost on the ears of those in power.