• Hello! My name is Sasha Klare-Ayvazian. I am a professional musician in Austin, Texas. I’m an Armenian-Jewish man originally from Western, MA. COVID-19 has stripped away so much of my work, I decided to start this site and create content around three of my passions: music, movies, and hoops. I have played music all my life and it is my career, so that one’s easy. My Dad loves movies and kind of got me going there. I just absolutely love going to the theatre (ideally Alamo Drafthouse): the big screen, the lights go out, and you get transported for 2 hours—a big reason I love sci-fi! And hoops…not sure how it happened. My parents aren’t sports folk (though my Mom loves LeBron—how can you not!). I do know when it happened: playing pickup at naked-hippie camp in Vermont. When I tagged along to pickup one fateful Tuesday in the old Chevy Pickle and experienced how stupid hard it was to get that damn ball through that rusty orange rim, I just fell in love. Love playing the game. Until recently, I played in the noon game at the Austin JCC—probably the thing I miss the most. And I love the NBA (I’m not a big college guy). I’m a huge Celtics fan! Actually crazy story, the day before my wedding I met Paul Pierce—one of the most incredible things to ever happen—in the hotel we were staying. I said, “Paul thank you so much for 2008! (Pause.) Man, I can’t believe we lost in 2010…” “Don’t bring that up.” He responded. Well said Paul.

The Mathew Knowles Interview

The Mathew Knowles Interview

What is it like to be Beyoncé and Solange’s father? What if you also founded a record label, produced over 100 platinum albums, own a WNBA team, and lecture around the world? Sasha Klare-Ayvazian and Nico Carter sit down with the one-and-only Dr. Mathew Knowles for a powerful and candid conversation on his career, music, basketball, and equity and representation in the recording industry.

There and Back Again: An Old Settler’s Tale

There and Back Again: An Old Settler’s Tale

Five years after performing at the festival, Sasha exchanges his guitar pick for a pen in this sweeping review of the 2021 Old Settler’s Music Festival. Sasha covers three days out in Tillman, TX at one of Texas’ finest Americana and roots music festivals featuring interviews with performers Jackie Venson, Bob Schneider, and Fruition.

Killer Chord Progressions

Killer Chord Progressions

One for the songwriters! One for the music theory heads! Ten accomplished songwriters share their favorite chord progressions. If you’re a rising songwriter or composer treat this document like a sacred text.

Evolving Radar

Evolving Radar

Sasha takes his–and the site’s!–first plunge into narrative fiction with a quasi-biographical story of a young musician and a fantastical experience.