Sasha Lazard

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Dominique "Sasha" Lazard is an American classical crossover singer; she is not a descendant of the Lazard Banking dynasty. Lazard was born in New York and grew up in Paris. She attended Bennington College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying opera, but after graduation pursued a more electronic-influenced sound inspired by the local nightclub scene. She performed her new music at several clubs in New York, Los Angeles, and Ibiza before recording an album. In 2002, Lazard released her debut The Myth Of Red, produced by Frank Fitzpatrick, through Higher Octave Music. This album, loosely themed around the myth of Inanna descending to the underworld, appeared on the Billboard charts for both dance music and classical crossover. It features versions of Ave Maria entitled Ode to Innocence, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. It also features a track entitled Tell My Why, featuring violinist Lili Haydn that was inspired by Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. The lyrics from The Incubus, (Le Revenant) are written by Charles Pierre Baudelaire. The song Angeli was inspired by Antonio Cesti's Intorno All Idol Mio and has been featured in the Fall 2006 Victoria's Secret campaign, the movie Kissed by an Angel, the movie Modigliani starring Andy García, and was used as the theme song for the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2005 she released her second album Moonfall, more acoustic in style than its predecessor. Lazard has recorded songs for various films: On 15 May 2004 she married film producer Michael Mailer; in 2006, they had a son named Cyrus. Sasha teamed up with soprano Shawna Stone and Grammy award-winning producer Peter Asher and producer Frank Fitzpatrick to put their distinctive stamp on original songs, opera favorites (Una furtiva lagrima), classical favorites Panis Angelicus and Stabat Mater (from "The Myth of Red") and contemporary covers from Radiohead ("Street Spirit (Fade Out)") to James Taylor ("Close Your Eyes") to Kansas ("Dust in the Wind") to Sting ("Fields of Gold"). The album, titled Siren, was released on March 6, 2007 on Manhattan Records/EMI.