In 2016, Irene Sazer, founder and director of the Real Vocal String Quartet, is creating a new set of songs. In 2013, she received a grant to buy a 5 string fiddle to increase the range of the violin to accompany her voice. For the first time since her 1998 release of original songs, "First Things First", Sazer is debuting her songstress wares, this time for just 5 string fiddle and voice. Sazer's voice sounds ethereal and full of breath, soul. Her lyrics are personal, spun from life experience and an insighful optimistic inner voice.
The violin in her hands wails, sings and speaks virsuosically in many musical dialects…classical, jazz, roots fiddle, folk and pop which swirl together and combine into a unique and original sound, one that is truly hers. Irene Sazer is creating a set of original songs and a few precious covers to perform and record.
One original is called The Drift. The lyrics describe falling out of balance and how we find our way back. Another is In My Skin about reaching a point in life when we are able and lucky enough to accept where and who we are. Sazer's cover of Sy Kahn's Aragon Mill (made famous by Hazel Dickens) is haunting with bow scrapes and harmonics between lyrics illustrating wind blowing through an abandoned company town.
In addition to Real Vocal String Quartet, which is active as a composing collective and touring /recording ensemble (with a brand new CD release this month), Irene Sazer was an original member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, in Jai Uttal's Pagan Love Orchestra, a commissioned composer and a widely sought after recording artist.