Sacha Silva is a singer and guitarist.
He is Sri Lankan and Bulgarian born, raised in Canada and now living in Switzerland. His songs are influenced by Jose Gonzalez and Leonard Cohen, drawn from Sacha's two decades of studying flamenco and Indian classical music, and his globe-trotting life as a musician and international trade negotiator.
From 2001 to 2014, Sacha led an eponymous world music group that released three albums: “Susurro”, “Anatomy of a Coup” and “Pentecost”. He is now working on a solo project called “A Heart Outside”, aiming for a Summer 2019 release.
"Canadian-based guitarist Silva and his quintet create an unusual sound which feels so right, you wonder why there isn't more of it around… This is music of shifting dynamics, intelligence and plaintive melody.. "The Pentecost Song" is based on a Bulgarian lullaby that Silva's 87-year old grandmother sang to him, translated into Bengali and given a beautiful, reflective arrangement. Like much of the album it's suffused with a mood of loss and longing. I'm currently playing it on a warm autumn Sunday morning and really can't think of much else I'd rather be listening to right now." - fRoots Magazine
"The listener may divine just how the conception of "Pentecost" articulates with the eponymous commemorations enshrined in Jewish and Christian tradition -- 50 days after the exodus or after the resurrection. But this flamenco-Balkan-classical Indian-western chamber jazz mash-up is a lyrical, knowing, wide-ranging nod to the postmodern, postcolonial condition... Impossible to classify, and good that it is so, "Pentecost" resonates at a more profound register than that to which the casual world-music aficionado may be accustomed, not so much global groove as world-historical perspective.." - RootsWorld
"'Anatomy' is audacious precisely in eschewing the customary pretense of dogmatic idealism and multi-kulti "world-beat" mishmash... Sidestepping the deadly tediumof all that (albeit not without a committed, non-sectarian humanitarian politics of its own), this is an impressionistic recording of manifest artistry that gives the music the last say... This project is one astute answer to the challenge of bringing one's own cultural sensibilities to the international encounter, in a nuanced appreciation of the role that crafted musical dialogue can play in this, our impertinently globalizing world." - RootsWorld
"Sacha Silva is able to achieve a simple yet richly textured musical landscape that is at times both delicate and intense... [this] the beautifully produced and presented album celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the midst of unimaginable tragedy. Sacha Silva is making world music literally travel around the world [and] joins a very special group of world musicians like Nitin Sawhney, Oliver Rajamani, Word Violin, and Rupa and the April Fishes, who successfully marry masterful musicianship with insightful examinations of the human condition." - SAMAR Magazine
"The more the Sigur Ros comparison grows, the more it seems like Sacha is an accessible version of them"... This album is a hidden jewel. As for the overall sound, it's another one of those melting pots that acclimate so many different cultural roots into a single sound... The originality and the awe of Silva's composing definitely makes the album more listenable as art. The blend of sounds on "Anatomy" is rich. Silva successfully explores with each song, but does not waste any time... What this band has put together is foreign but rich, traveled but unifying. It's sung in a foreign tongue and separates itself from many musical standards, yet when listened to it makes so much sense." - "Global Warming", WCUR 91.7 FM
"While mixing together North and South Indian classical music with flamenco might not be the first thing to come to mind when considering world fusion, Sacha Silva does so with jaw-dropping beauty and sophistication. Perhaps it is the embellished and ornate nature of both musical cultures, but the dance between styles, scales, harmonies and cultures in "Susurro" is unforgettable and startling in the most powerful of ways. Combining the passionate cry of Spanish and cello dialoguing with Indian Charukeshi raga as well as the poetry of Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, sung in Hindi over traditional Karnatic and flamenco rhythms, Sacha Silva has a stunning, captivating voice that leaves a lasting impression." - CDBaby.com (5-star "Editor's Pick")