Faculty of Music
Sascia was a gifted piano player from a very young age and is now a seasoned percussionist and performer/composer. He was trained in percussion, piano and composition at the Italian Conservatory 'G.Puccini' in La Spezia. He joined percussion, composition and conducting classes at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris, where he was under the guidance of Steven Schick, Sylvio Gualda and Peter Eotvos. In the course of these studies, he met, learned from and shared ideas with a variety of stimulating composers and performers.
He researches on improvised and written music with a special interest in the perception of the act of performance and the deeper implications of musical thinking. He often leads workshops on these themes in universities and music schools for composers, instrumentalists and performers. He has also conducted courses at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Baptist University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In his musical research, Sascia combines compositions for, among others, live electronics, visuals and percussion. He has written music for various ensembles and has developed choreography and visual works often in collaboration with dancers and other media artists. In recent years, Sascia has developed a close collaboration with the composer Ben Boretz and the singer Yungchen Llamo.
As a percussionist/composer, he has performed extensively in Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he lived for almost six years before moving to Singapore. He has performed in concert halls, theaters, art galleries, art spaces and art festivals, primarily as a soloist and composer. He also collaborated with major dance companies in Hong Kong such as CCDC (City Contemporary Dance Company), HKDC (Hong Kong Dance Company) and the choreographer Helen Lai.