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 Academy 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, 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 space rock, 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 single-handedly 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 upcoming 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 cowriting, working on various project and also as a hired gun. She was recently selected for the prestigious , ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Workshop, in which she was working one on one with top industry professionals.