Born in Munich, musician and artist with German-Ingush roots, works in the field of song writing, singing/performance, painting and stages total art spaces.
During her studies she performed with chanson programs, was a member of the klezmer band “Die Shtetlmusikanten” and mother of two children. Musical engagements soon followed (Bordeaux Opera, “Cartoucherie” (Arianne Minouchkine), Paris, Isny Opera Festival) and a permanent engagement with “Ludwig Musical” (“Cosima Wagner”). Later she she started focussing on her own artistic projects such as concerts with various jazz and classical formations, projects with a cross-disciplinary approach, combining singing with literature and performance, painting and song writing. Since 2003 she has been working and actively exhibiting as a visual artist. 2011-2012 Kunstsalon in Munich, combining all experiences in a holistic art process. From 2013 to 2015 under the brand “Blood, Shit & Champagne” cultural events (riot caravan, Pandemonium, etc.). Since 2016 representation by the gallery Christoph Dürr in Munich. From 2017 intensified compositional work, realization of own texts. 2021 Scholarship holder of the German Music Fund. Received a 2022 GEMA scholarship shortly before the release of the music album DYSTOPIANERN.
Born in Paris, Sébastien played in Salsa and many other bands, later concentrating on the Flamenco guitar, and at the same time beginning to specialize in Chanson in the Parisian cabarets. Later, under the guidance of the Parisian Gypsy community, he added Gipsy Swing, with which he travels internationally.
Ira Blazejewska and Sebastien Bennett play Chansonjazz: A scintilating fusion of text, performance, and true groove. Sebastien Bennett, a Parisian now based in Munich, is a Flamenco and Gypsy Swing specialist who has Chanson in his blood. Ira Blazejewska, who has roamed between modern opera, klezmer and jazz, is returning to her first love and packing all these ingredients into Chanson. These range from French classics, bossa, standards with freshly minted German lyrics, Yiddish love songs,the inescapable Brecht, and traditional cabaret as well as her own compositions.