Moscow-born vocalist Masha Campagne spent her formative years studying cello and piano at the famed Gnessin State Musical College. Her grandfather, Matthew Fayans, an accomplished multi-reed player, introduced her to Jazz and Bossa Nova music. Whether attending his shows with the 25-piece Metropole Big Band Orchestra or delving into his extensive LP collection, Campagne had a host of early influences, among them Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Jobim.
When interviewed, Masha expressed that her grandfather “was a true Jazz musician and a bit of a rebel…He defied the communist system in the 1950s by playing “bourgeois” American music. His audacity fused with strong love of jazz embodied the very spirit of freedom that shaped me into the artist that I am today.” With bold nature and backbone, Masha left post-soviet Russia in 1991 and landed in San Francisco without a dollar to her name. Determined to make it, she immersed herself in the local Jazz scene, and quickly booked club shows. She made a living through vocal coaching and music education and, not too long after arriving, she was awarded 1st prize in the prestigious Downbeat Student Music Award for her work with Fanfares. With that success, she played bigger venues and events, like Yoshi’s, Kuumbwa, and Monterey Jazz Festival. She collaborated with Rio De Janeiro artist/pianist/composer Weber Iago and created “Caminhos Cruzados,” a cooperative work with Porter, Rodgers, Jobim, and Guinga.