Jordan Sand is a bassist, vocalist, composer, collaborator, writer, and (very aspiring) film photographer.
For the past five years, she has been developing a singular solo sound at the intersection of the familiar and the avant-garde. Combining “ninja bass playing” with “lovely and agile vocals” (Obsolete Media Objects), she released a debut album of original songs in 2014. The project is back in the darkroom, mutating and evolving. Fascinated by the secret and scintillating abilities of the bass, she has set up her proverbial laboratory at UC San Diego, pursuing a master’s degree in experimental performance.
Before moving west, Jordan led a highly nomadic existence as a freelance musician based in New York City. She hauled ass. It was both awesome and terrible. She became equally comfortable in the concert hall, club, recording studio, dive bar, synagogue, folk festival, and freaky puppet theater. She made appearances on SNL, The Late Show, and the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series, and toured overseas and across the continent. She played klezmer, classical, rock, film scores, free jazz, folk who-knows-what, and the wild creations of herself and her colleagues. From her current San Diego base, she still travels frequently to collaborate and perform with east coast cohorts.
Among her most treasured cohorts is Canadian drummer Kai Basanta. Together they perform and create as Creatures. Bowed bass, drums, voice, electronics. Lush jazz harmonies. Spazz attack. Beats. Ambience. No one has any idea what kind of music this is. Bad for branding – great for Creatures. Reykjavik, Iceland saw their premiere show in 2015. They have worked and played in NYC, Paris, San Diego, and Vancouver. In 2018 they plan on further touring, recording, residencies, and the steady brick-by-brick assembly of their first EP.
Jordan studied at Ithaca College (NY) the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (NL) and with maestro François Rabbath in Paris (FR). She taught double bass at Cornell University from 2013-15, and has been a guest artist at schools, summer programs, and art institutes. She has been awarded multiple scholarships and grants for her work. In March, she booked it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. She is currently on her sixth roll of real film.
6/30 – Ensemble Evolution w/ICE, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
6/9 – Creatures, ISB Conference, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
6/5 – Creatures w/Hank Roberts, Casita Del Polaris, Ithaca, New York
4/22 – Solo at the FRONT Arte Cultura, San Ysidro, California
4/11 – Creatures w/Oeyvind Brandtsegg, The Loft, La Jolla, California
4/9 – Solo, Springfest at Birch Aquarium, La Jolla, California
4/6 – Solo, Crossfire at Luce Loft w/ Art of Elan, San Diego, California
2/12 – Ljova and the Kontraband, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
7/21 – Private House Concert, San Diego, California
8/1 to 8/13 – ARC Ensemble w/ICE, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
8/21 to 8/27 – Performance Fellowship, KlezKanada, Quebec, Canada
11/8 to 11/17 – Recording project and performances in NYC (TBA)
11/30 to 12/11 – Residency with Ljova and the Kontraband, Taiwan, ROC
Featured Past Projects and Performances
Music director for Six Characters (a family album), La MaMa, NYC
Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Bronx Hope program, NYC
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, NYC
Apollo Theater, with Ballet Hispanico, NYC
Mengi, with CREATURES, Reykjavik, IS
Musical Bridges, San Antonio, TX
Goldenfest, Brooklyn NY
Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, ON
Chutzpah Festival, Vancouver BC
Vancouver Folk Festival, BC
Red Wing Roots Festival, VA
Club Passim, Boston MA
Legion Arts Center, Cedar Rapids IA
Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany
Shapeshifter Lab, solo, NYC
Ithaca Underground, Ithaca NY
Mona Bismarck Center, Paris, FR
Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris, FR
Instant Chevires, Paris, FR
WOMEX, Cardiff UK