Moscow-born vocalist Masha Campagne spent her formative years studying cello and piano at the famed Gnessin State Musical College. She arrived in San Francisco in 1991 and immersed herself in the local jazz scene, play club dates and worked as a voice teacher and jazz educator. She won first place in the prestigious Downbeat Student Music Award and this victory took her to the stages of Yoshi’s, Kuumbwa, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. She collaborated with Brazilian artist Weber Iago to create the genre-bending Caminhos Cruzados. It merged jazz and Brazilian music and garnered rave reviews in Cadence, Jazz Times, and AMG. She released her second album, Like Water, in 2012, marking her debut as a songwriter.