Across Many Oceans confirms Sheldon Sands’ growing reputation as a brilliant “sound painter”- a distinctive and daring creator of contemporary instrumental music. On Across Many Oceans Sands dips his creative brush into a rich palette of world music influences and, with a superb cast of collaborating musicans, creates a series of extraordinary paintings- each a unique creation, together a masterful cohesion of musical polyethnicity.
Along with the fine keyboards and samples of Sheldon Sands, the record includes strong contributions by the noted Celtic group Colcannon, Ty Burhoe (tabla) and Mark Miller (flute, sax), Elizabeth Hardin (oboe), Jesse Manno (bouzouki), Deen Peer (bass), Beth Quist (vocals), Marty Peters (guitar), and guest contributions on didgeridoo, uillean pipes, cello and timpani.
Evocative yet highly accessible, the initial response to Across Many Oceans has been tremendous. Superbly produced, this transparent recording brilliantly cuts across folk, world, jazz, and ambient genres.