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Steve Sandberg
Steve Sandberg is an eclectic musician with a lifetime of
experience in many worlds of music.
He is a three-time Emmy-nominated composer whose scoring,
songwriting and musical direction for “Dora the Explorer”, “Go,
Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends” helped make these shows the
landmarks they are in children’s television worldwide.
He began classical piano studies at age 4 and won a BMI
composers award before attending Yale University, where he majored
in musical theory and composition. At Yale, his studies with noted
African art theorist Robert Farris Thompson inspired him to immerse
himself in the world of Afro-Caribbean music. Upon returning to
NYC he played with, arranged and composed for some of the great
salsa artists of the 1970s and 1980s, including Celia Cruz, Ruben
Blades, and Daniel Ponce (featuring Tito Puente). A highlight of this
period was an appearance in Rio and São Paolo opening for the
legendary João Gilberto in a duo with vocalist Bebel Gilberto. He also
toured with David Byrne (“Rei Momo”) as keyboardist and vocalist.
Steve has conducted and arranged on Broadway (Chronicle of a Death
Foretold) and for many regional and Off-Broadway theatres, including
the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Steve has performed improvised electronic multimedia concerts
at the Knitting Factory, The Guggenheim Museum, Le Petit
Versailles, and the Stone, featuring his unique voice on the breathcontrolled
Yamaha VL70 synthesizer. These concerts were heavily
influenced by his studies of North Indian raga singing.
His latest project is the Steve Sandberg Quartet. SSQ concerts
begin with performances from the solo piano repertoire (including
original compositions), and continue with the quartet’s soaring
improvisations on originals that draw from European, African, Latin,
Balkan and Indian traditions. One listener described the experience as
listening to “music from a country I’ve never been to but always
wanted to visit.”
The group made its debut in June, 2016, with a sold-out show at the
DiMenna Center in NYC. The first CD, Alaya, was released on
artistShare in June, 2017, and has been enthusiastically received with
rave reviews on Allaboutjazz (
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Tranquility (
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The quartet features:
Zach Brock – Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of
his generation,” Zach is known for his work with Snarky Puppy and
Stanley Clark.
Michael O’Brien – Michael has performed and composed
internationally for over a decade with such notables as Harry Connick
Jr., Dave Samuels, Ruben Blades, Gene Pitney and many others.
Vince Cherico - 5-time Grammy Award Winner, Vince has
performed with Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra,
Chucho Valdes, Claudia Acuna, Gato Barbieri, Victor Prieto, David
Sanchez, Diane Schuur, and many other world class artists. http://