The Sara Galas Band world music duo was founded in New York in October 2012 by Sara Galassini, an interdisciplinary artist from Tuscany, Italy who lives and works in New York since the year of 2000, and Yukio Tsuji, a Japanese-American poly-instrumentalist and composer (Shakuhachi, guitar, percussion, synthesizer) who lives and works in New York since the 1980s.
The musical and performance collaboration between Galassini and Tsuji shows a strong alchemy, a vast versatility of styles and a profound theatricality that makes their performance an experience beyond the concert, a journey through the languages of sound, poetry and gesture .
The duo collaborated with various musicians performing as a trio, quartet or quintet. The Sara Galas Band has performed in New York theaters and venues including the historic theater of La MaMa ETC, Dixon Place, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Japan Society, the Sheen Center, Cafe Vivaldi, the Great Hall of Cooper Union.
In the summer of 2012 the duo played at the 54th Festival dei Due Mondi for the show "la MaMa Tribute" and at the Fringe Spoleto Festival collaborating with violinist Marko Zoranovik and percussionist Mamadou Ba.
In April 2013 the Sara Galas Band was invited to play at the Cite of Florence for a special collaboration with two very talented Italian musicians, jazz clarinetist Mirco Mariottini and accordionist Alberto Becucci.
On the 5th of May 2013 the Sara Galas Band aired at TG2 Dossier "Big Italy" as representatives of Italian culture in America.
At the end of 2013 the duo recorded the first Demo containing 4 original songs and in 2014 produced the interdisciplinary show "Unmeasurable Picture" directed by Sophie Bortolussi and written by Sara Galassini. the performance was created around some of the Band's original songs. Sara Galassini was the main performer together with the Mexican flamenco dancer Maria Elena Anaya, Yukio Tsuji was the musical director and arranger as well as one of the musicians together with Claudio Scarabottini, Bill Ruyl and Yuka Tadano.
Galassini and Tsji have designed and performed 3 more interdisciplinary performances: "Waves of all times", "Origin: a Performance Art Concert" and "REFLECT-I-ON".
At the moment they are developing a new work inspired by the myth of Persephone and Demeter entitled Pros-(Her) -Pere.
The first album of the Sara Galas Band titled HER will be released on the 15th of September 2019 on the major online stores.