Saskia Lane is a Julliard-trained bassist, composer, performer and educator, whose work spans many genres. Most recently, the Brooklyn-based artist appeared in two productions this summer at the Salzburg Festival, the Threepenny Opera and it’s celebrated annual production of Jedermann. Since 2010, Saskia has been a member of the noted theater company, Checkov at Lake Lucille, as performer and composer, and is set to appear in the group’s soon-to-be-released feature film of The Seagull. She also worked for several years with the British-based Improbable Theatre Company on The Devil and Mister Punch, which toured internationally. Saskia is currently touring BIRDHEART, an original live animation piece in collaboration with famed Designer/Director Julian Crouch.
A classically-trained musician with a strong grounding in jazz, Saskia regularly tours with kids’ favorite Dan Zanes & Friends along with her own much-lauded jazz pop trio The Lascivious Biddies, and has appeared with artists as diverse as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Damon Albarn, Phillip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. This fall she had the pleasure of recording with Harry Belafonte and John Legend.
Saskia’s original compositions have been commissioned for several productions, including José Rivera’s Massacre, the Asolo Repertory Theater’s staging of Macbeth, and Lake Lucille’s renditions of Ivanov and The Seagull. This spring, she will take part in a two-week residency at BRICArtsMedia workshopping her original song cycle, The Sweetest Life, in collaboration with writer Stephanie Fleischmann.
Saskia has leveraged her songwriting expertise since 2008 in her work with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program, an outreach and education organization that brings music to New York’s homeless and incarcerated populations, as well as other underserved groups. Saskia and The Biddies also created the children’s music education program, The Itty Biddies, in collaboration with and commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The program is now in its sixth year.
The Isle of Klezbos
Live from Brooklyn
The Itty Biddies, Jump Around!
Bass, Vocals, Composition, Co-Production
Dan Zanes, Little Nut Tree
Dan Zanes, The Fine Friends Are Here
Bass, Vocals, Dancing
Dan Zanes, 76 Trombones
Marc Farre, Secret Symphony
Dan Zanes, Nueva York!
The Lascivious Biddies, A Very Biddy Christmas
EP, Holiday 2008
Dan Zanes, Welcome Table
The Lascivious Biddies, Love You Mean It
Bass, Vocals, Composition
Father Goose, Bam-Bam Diddly
The Lascivious Biddies, Live in New York City
DVD, Autumn 2005
The Lascivious Biddies, Get Lucky
CD, October 2004
The Lascivious Biddies, I Feel Biddy
CD, March 2003
National Television Commercial, 2003
Bass, Vocals, Jingle writer
The Lascivious Biddies
The Bobby Flay Show
Musical Guest, 2002
Bass, Vocals aka Lip-Syncher
The Lascivious Biddies
CD, May 2002