Photo by JIM NEWBERRY

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All About Sacha

SACHA MULLIN is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, arranger, pianist, and educator. At once commanding and vulnerable, Sacha's often been compared to Jeff Buckley, David Sylvian, and Morrissey – though he more closely studied the heartfelt gymnastics of folks like Kate Bush, Geike Arnaert, and Lisa Fischer.

Windy City Rock once tagged him as "soulful" and "snaking"; and Chicago Reader declared his voice as "exalted", "angelic", and "almost alien." He lives for clustery harmonies and angular melodies. And while most have a perception of certain musical genres, Sacha prefers to explore the space around the edges – a space of endless of possibility. From Bubblegum to Brazilian to Bulgarian, he finds inspiration.

Sacha is perhaps best known for his work with avant-rock groups CHEER-ACCIDENT (Cuneiform Records), and Lovely Little Girls (Skin Graft Records), with whom he did two albums and tours. He has also sung with Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Arland & Patty Peterson, Hannibal Lokumbe, Ariel Pink, Dead Rider, Lori Dokken, Bobby Conn, Debbie Duncan, Carla Kihlstedt, Daniel Knox, Gabriele Roberto, Sarah Winters (vōx), The Gabriel Construct, and Dessa; shared stages with Lightning Bolt, Kayo Dot, RUINS, and Mitski; has been heard on MTV, CBS, NPR, and Japan's NHK; and is currently a co-host of the pop culture podcast Ray of Blight with Chicago zine queen Liz Mason.

Moreover, Sacha performs as his own self-named project. His 2013 left field pop debut Whelm was well-received by The Deli, Examiner, Chicago Music Guide, and several international publications, all praising the album's singularity. France's ZIC-ZAG even compared Whelm to a "religious experience." 

In 2015, he digitally released Night of Silence: a 3-song EP of obscure Holiday music. A limited lathe cut version was later released in 2016 to commemorate St. Lucia Day.

2017 saw Sacha releasing his second full-length record Duplex, "co-piloted" with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider; U.S. Maple) and James Sanger (Dido; Siobhán Donaghy). A feature in the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf described it as "George Michael fronting far-out jam band Gong in a Broadway-style revue." BBC Radio 6's Fresh on the Net continued the 80s references with Kate Bush, Rick Astley, and Pet Shop Boys.

Sacha cites industry singers Emily Bindiger and Judi Vinar as both friends and mentors. Much of their artistry and spirit shapes him not only as a performer, but as a teacher in his own right. Sacha coaches voice and piano to students and clients of various backgrounds privately, as an arts partner at the Berger Park Cultural Center, and as a teaching artist at Walter Payton College Prep. He is a proud alumnus of both the Perpich Center For Arts Education and McNally Smith College of Music, where he received a BM in Contemporary Vocal Performance.

Aside from music, Sacha cares deeply about human rights, our planet, and empathy. His perfect date would have to be April 25th, it's not too hot not too cold. (All you need is a light jacket.) Sacha also enjoys reading cookbooks as novels, watching reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and seriously wishes he could dedicate more time to do a proper load of laundry.
 

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