Pianist and composer Sophia Subbaya Vastek joins me today to discuss her new album, In Our Softening. I am completely enamored with this album, our conversation about Sophia’s music, and the magnificently imperfect instrument that inspired it. Enjoy this conversation, and be sure to check out the entire album as well!
Based in Troy, NY, Sophia Subbaya Vastek moves quietly between musical worlds and defies easy categorization. She has been described as “a wonder” and “audacious” (Inactuelles), and as performing with “passion and profound tenderness” (Second Inversion) and “serene strokes and lyrical beauty” (Brooklyn Rail). Her debut album Histories was released on innova Recordings in 2017, produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse. Second Inversion described the album as “both an homage to Vastek’s own individual histories but also a beautiful mosaic of the larger cultural intersections of our world—and how we weave those histories together through music.” She has since released the EP Lili, as well as several recordings and singles spanning multiple genres. Sophia has toured internationally across three continents.
05:38 The Seas that Made Us – Sophia Subbayya Vastek
10:35 Conversation with Sophia Subbayya Vastek
36:05 After Stardust – Sophia Subbayya Vastek
Photo of Sophia Subbayya Vastek by Kiki Vassilakis
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