Jordan Sand is a bassist, vocalist, composer, and collaborator based in San Diego. 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). Since moving to San Diego in 2016, she has performed her music locally at Luce Loft (Art of Elan), Helmuth Projects (Post-Modern Music Fest), the FRONT Arte Cultura gallery in San Ysidro, Bread and Salt, and as part of Springfest at Birch Aquarium. 

Originally from New York, Jordan maintains a highly nomadic existence as a freelance musician, returning often to New York City to collaborate and perform.  She is a regular member of several groups, including Ljova and the Kontraband and Peter Evan's Being & Becoming. She recently wrapped up a recording project with klezmer clarinet wizard Michael Winograd, and a run of performances with the International Contemporary Ensemble, premiering Mika Karlson's chamber opera The Echo Drift during NYC's annual Prototype Festival. Other past appearances include SNL, The Late Show, a Kontraband feature on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series, and tours overseas and across the continent, rocking four strings in the concert hall, club, recording studio, dive bar, jazz cafe, folk festival, and freaky puppet theater, as she sees fit. 

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.  Fascinated by the secret and scintillating abilities of the bass, she has set up her proverbial laboratory at UC San Diego until June of 2018, pursuing a master’s degree in experimental performance.



 w/Hank Roberts @ Casita Del Polaris Ithaca NY 6/5/17

w/Hank Roberts @ Casita Del Polaris Ithaca NY 6/5/17

 halcyon days of Creatures

halcyon days of Creatures

 Leonid Galaganov's  Empty  at 65 Fen, Brooklyn, 6/2016

Leonid Galaganov's Empty at 65 Fen, Brooklyn, 6/2016

 Ljova and the Kontraband at WOMEX, Cardiff, UK 2013

Ljova and the Kontraband at WOMEX, Cardiff, UK 2013

Upcoming Schedule

4/3 –  Graduate Recital   UCSD    7pm     CPMC Experimental Theater

4/14+15 –  High Desert Soundings   Palm Springs   solo & w/Anthony Vine

5/17 – Premiere of a new work w/Red Fish Blue Fish    7pm    UCSD

7/28 – with Being & Becoming       Cell Theater      NYC

8/20-26 – faculty member at KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat    Montreal


Featured Past Projects and Performances

BengFeng Arts Evolution Music Festival, Tainan, Taiwan

Prototype Festival, in performance with ICE, NYC

Being & Becoming at the Blue Whale, LA

Banff Centre for the Arts, Ensemble Evolution

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