Sophia Subbayya Vastek
musician, softie
est. 1987


Based in Troy, NY, Sophia moves quietly between musical worlds and defies easy categorization. She has been described as “a wonder” and “audacious” (Inactuelles), and as performing with "passion and profound tenderness” (Second Inversion) and “serene strokes and lyrical beauty” (Brooklyn Rail). Her debut album Histories was released on innova Recordings in 2017, produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse. Second Inversion described the album as “both an homage to Vastek’s own individual histories but also a beautiful mosaic of the larger cultural intersections of our world—and how we weave those histories together through music.”  She has since released the EP Lili, as well as several recordings and singles spanning multiple genres. Sophia has toured internationally across three continents.

Sophia is a co-founder of Organ Colossal, a nonprofit that produces local musical events and community-oriented music projects in her hometown of Troy, NY.  Ongoing projects include Troy Street Pianos and The Lift Series in collaboration with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 

Sophia lives in a converted church in South Troy with her husband and two cats - MagnifiCAT and Bella (from Twilight). She is a 2022 NYFA Artist Fellow. 

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