Mikailo Kasha is a jazz bassist, composer, and “in the top 1% of bassists worldwide”, as stated by Scotty Barnhart of the Count Basie Orchestra. Arising from the renowned jazz scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kasha developed his fundamentals in distinguished youth ensembles such as the San Francisco and San Jose High School All-Stars, under the direction of Paul Contos and Aaron Lington, respectively. Following this, Kasha refined his craft under the mentorship of Marcus Roberts and Rodney Jordan, enhancing his personal sound on the bass as well as his artistic vision at Florida State University.
While at FSU, Kasha has been invited to attend programs worldwide, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute for Jazz (Rufus Reid), Jazz Aspen’s JAS Academy(Christian McBride), the Siena Jazz Workshop (Ben Wendel), and the Generations Workshop (Maria Schneider). Breaking into both the national and international scenes, he has performed at venues and festivals in Aspen, California, Chicago, Rochester, Italy, and Switzerland.
Recently, Mikailo was named an Outstanding Soloist in the 2019 Downbeat Student Music Awards, and released his debut album “Words Don’t Do You Justice” featuring pianist Michael Orenstein and drummer Myles Martin. Currently, Kasha is an active faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has performed alongside the likes of Jason Marsalis, Nick Finzer, Dave Meder, and Leon Anderson, among others, and actively performs with the Scotty Barnhart Quintet.