Jordan Sand is a performer, composer, and collaborator from New York. Weaving vocals into the organ-like resonances of the bowed double bass, her work as a soloist and for theater has been called "impressive" (New York Times) and described as "ninja bass-playing" (Obsolete Media Objects).
Trained as a violinist as a child, when her younger brother began double bass lessons, she spent three minutes fooling with the new and mysterious instrument in the front room; fell in love with its depth and color; and stole it from him. The new partnership was shaped by folk and church music, attending a presbyterian church and absorbing the massive resonant voice of a pipe organ every week. Dealing intimately with harmonics, excavating the angles and forcefields between multiple pitch layers, and cultivating a resonant, polyphonic approach to the bass. Her voice as an extension or denizen of the bass, individualized ecosystem …tell stories.
highly nomadic and diversified musical life. from taiwan to Iceland to the Canadian Rockies to southern California. // Ljova and the Kontraband, Peter Evans, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and a evolving caste of characters in the klezmer, new music and classical-crossover worlds. Other past appearances as a freelancer include SNL, Carnegia Hall, and the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. In 2018 she finished a master’s degree in California studying with bassist Mark Dresser, and served as Artistic Associate and concert curator while in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Has lived in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and most recently, San Diego. STORY of Paris, an album born of culture shock and homesickness
François Rabbath in Paris (FR).
She taught double bass at Cornell University from 2013-15, and has been a guest artist at music schools, summer programs, and art institutes. Jordan was educated at the Ithaca College School of Music (B.A.) and UC San Diego (M.A.) and de-educated across Europe and North America on festival stages, red-eyes and cross-country drives, in concert series, heated conversations, crowded train cars, and desert cabins.
[As a child, she wrote and illustrated crayola novels, sawed at the violin, and thrashed around in the woods.]