Mali Sastri

Mali Sastri is a music artist based in Boston, MA. For the last twelve years, she has been the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and frontwoman for the avant chamber pop band Jaggery. Jaggery has garnered national and international praise for their “exquisite, lush . . . audacious aesthetic”(Stereogum). With Jaggery, Mali has released five albums and two EPs, and toured nationally. Other Jaggery accomplishments include selection for Boston’s Outside the Box Festival (2013, 2016), and a commission to create a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired song cycle, by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015). As a solo artist, Mali has toured internationally, and composed works for dance (Luminarium Dance), experimental theater (Liars and Believers), and in collaboration with painter Steven Bogart (Ten Paintings, Ten Songs). Mali trained in the expressive arts modality Voice Movement Therapy in London, UK, and is a registered VMT practitioner. Her uncanny vocal range exhibits this therapeutically expressive approach to sound-making, moving from “new-age songbird to woman scorned to woodland fairy to blood-thirsty werewolf to sultry lounge singer”(Boston Herald). She has featured as the lead vocalist for works composed specifically for her voice (2016’s song cycle Having It Out With Melancholy, by Michael J. Veloso, 2015’s aria You Will Have The Moon, by Mary Bichner).   From 2008 to present, Mali has produced, curated, and performed in the ongoing multi-disciplinary performance series Org, out of various underground-and-otherwise venues in the Boston area, with forty-one shows to date. She is a resident of the South End artist’s co-op, Cloud Club.  

www.jaggery.org