Photo by Galit Rodan
Natasha Pasternak is an artist in the most honest sense of the word. As a songwriter and composer, to a producer and performer, you could say she has been making art since the day she was born.
She spent the first ten years of her life on the sidelines, accompanying her musical mother on tours and only occasionally joining her onstage. But after a mentorship with Juno Award nominee Georgette Fry at 13, she was well-equipped for the many years of shows in coffee shops and bars that lay ahead.
Classical training in acting, vocals, musical theatre, and dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop) at Randolph College for the Performing Arts was the last stop before launching her solo career under her given name, Natasha Pasternak. She produced her own EP, alongside Chris Koster (The Glorious Sons), at The Tragically Hip’s recording studio in Kingston, ON. Then, in 2010, she co-founded the acclaimed indie pop band, Hands & Teeth.
One part Broken Social Scene, one part Arcade Fire, Hands & Teeth dominated festivals across North America (SXSW, POPMontreal, and NXNE to name a few) with the material they created for three records over their four-year career. Their songs found homes locally and internationally, featured on various radio and television stations including the CBC, BBC and MTV.
Moving into production, Pasternak produced and co-arranged the folk-pop band UKAE’s “Morning Story” EP, as well as co-produced and recorded Siânteuse’s cover of “House of The Rising Sun” for the documentary film Yorkville. She has also composed scores for a number of productions, including Judith’s Thompson’s award-winning play Lion in the Streets.
Natasha is currently located in Los Angeles as an active board member for Women In Music L.A (WIM LA), as well as cowriting and working on her solo efforts, NjP. Last fall she was selected for ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Workshop, in which she was working one on one with top industry professionals (Mr. Hudson, Autumn Rowe, Jayson DeZuzio, Nicole Morier, Andrew Cider and Daniel Werman). This past summer Pasternak was brought in as a songwriting instructor for the Los Angeles chapter of Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit bringing music into correctional institutions as apart of their rehabilitation.
Natasha will be returning this winter to lecture her newly designed songwriting course at the Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA.