Carmen Sandim “Play Doh” Album Release
Carmen Sandim Play Doh Album Release
Carmen Sandim – Piano
Bruce Williamson – Reeds
Gabriel Mervine – Trumpet
Alex Heitlinger – Trombone
Khabu Doug Young – Guitar
Bill McCrossen – Bass
Dru Heller – Drums
Pianist/composer/educator and Brazilian native Carmen Sandim draws from a deep well of personal experience, harmonic insight and melodic inspiration on Play Doh, taking cues from Brazilian music, modern jazz, and even rock. The follow-up to her debut album Brand New (featuring master cornetist Ron Miles), Sandim once again enlists her mentor, the revered pianist Art Lande, as producer for a book of expressive and intricate compositions with instrumentations ranging from septets to quartets, all the while featuring Sandim on piano alongside top-tier performers.
From piano lessons as a little girl in Brazil, to composing for her jazz septet in Colorado, Carmen Sandim has found in music her lifetime adventure and passion. Over the past few decades Sandim’s eclectic musical aesthetics have drawn her towards classical piano studies, jazz and composition pursuits, a stint as an advertising and documentary composer, and a long-lasting commitment to improvised music pedagogy and jazz composition.
Sandim moved to Boulder in 2005, and for the first time since leaving Brazil she felt she had found a place to call home. And embrace her new home she did: Sandim sold her music production company in Washington D.C., bought a condo, enrolled at University of Colorado, started a private piano studio, and started writing music that felt expressive and meaningful to her—unrelated to her previous work of writing music to sell products or political candidates. In return, Boulder offered its breathtaking natural treasures, a refreshing spiritual and health-centered culture, and musical friendships that continue to inspire and challenge her to bond more fully and honestly with her music.
Sandim holds a B.A. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, and a M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder. She currently teaches at Naropa University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado Denver.