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One Night Band Crush: Singer Mali

August 5, 2010

Visit the One Night Band website and the Facebook event to find out more about One Night Band 2010 on August 21 at the Middle East downstairs. Check back here each day for more interviews with our participants!


Singer Mali (aka Mali Sastri) is the singer/songstress/pianist of the arty and ethereal Boston band Jaggery. Her multi-hued voice — trained in the expressive arts discipline Voice Movement Therapy — can be an Enya-esque leaf floating in the breeze, and then become a Grace Slick-like Earth-shaking, Everest-sized volcano. Her songs bridge the delicate and fierce, from haunting lullabies to furious, mixed-meter rants, tightly-woven compositions in odd time signatures to catharsis-inducing, barn-burning mini-epics (oft-times within the same song).

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most like to have a One Night Band with?
SM: Dale Bozzio, Joan Wasser, Steven Tyler, Mark Sandman

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most fear having a One Night Band with?
SM: Joan Wasser, Dale Bozzio

BBC: Did you attend One Night Band last year? If so, what was the highlight? If not, what do you anticipate the event to be like?
SM: I did not attend last year. I hardly know what to expect, but I’m guessing it will be a mixture of energy & exhaustion, hilarity & depth ~ with many unforseen surprises.

BBC: What is your normal song or part writing process? Will writing three songs in a single day drastically differ from your usual approach to creating music?
SM: My normal songwriting process is jamming with Jaggery, recording the jams & later working highlights from the improvisation into a workable song. I then present the form, with a written piano & vocal part, to my bandmates who generally come up with their own parts. I am a notoriously slow songwriter, & it can take me months to finish a song. It’s mainly the lyrics ~ the music comes easily for me, but the lyrics can take ages. Writing three song in a day is totally foreign to my approach, though I think it will be very good for me to have such a deadline.

BBC: What Boston band do you have the biggest crush on right now?
SM: There are so many incredibly talented bands in Boston right now, it’s hard to single out one, but I’ll have to go with Gem Club ~ a piano/vocals & cello duo. Christopher Barnes, the singer, has a voice that breaks my heart & puts it back together simultaneously.

Check out Jaggery online here

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