For years, Sheldon Sands has been enchanting listeners and enhancing special events with his superb, expressive playing and his ability to interact musically with his audience. Combining imaginative interpretations of popular repertoire from the 1920’s though the present with his own compositions and improvisations, this musical bouquet is perfect for all types of events and parties. As well, the influence of world music is very present in his playing, artfully transforming the piano into a ethnic instrument of Middle Eastern/Jewish/East European/Indian/Native American music!
Beloved poems of A.A. Milne come to life with Sheldon Sands’ magical songs composed for piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, accordion and four voices. From the touching “King John’s Christmas” to the swinging title song, “Sand-Between-the-Toes,” the wonder of childhood is awakened for all who listen. From Denver’s Swallow Hill to Boulder’s Chautauqua, Sand-Between-the-Toes has been receiving rave reviews from young and old alike. With the spectacular Marta Burton and Stray Dog. Go to Discography to learn about the CD!
“ One of the best performances I’ve seen. I don’t think I have a favorite part. Every time I heard the next song, I thought, this is my favorite.”
This dynamic ensemble brings to audiences the infectious spirit of the Eastern European Klezmerim, combining instrumental virtuosity, great humor and improvisation with deep respect and knowledge of Jewish musical traditions. Lead by Shmelkie Shmueli (Sheldon Sands) on keys, the original band line up consisted of Eat-Sock Manischewitz (Jesse Manno) on drums, Shlep Cellowitz (James Hoskins) on cello, Slow-Mo Fiddleman (Anthony Salvo) on violin and sax, and Doveed Barkowitz (Dave Willey) on accordion and drums. A Boulder Klezmer Consort show may include Joe Lukasik (clarinet), Sandra Wong (violin), and Eyal Rivlin (bass/guitar) and Faye Nepon (vocals) Playing at concert halls, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and dance events throughout the Rocky Mountain region, the Boulder Klezmer Consort never ceases to delight, enrich and entertain!
A world-class musician and highly engaging entertainer, Moroccan native Rachid Halihal performs mesmerizing music from the classical Egyptian repertoire, the Arabian Gulf, the Fertile Crescent and North Africa. As a child growing up in Fez, Morocco, Rachid played the ney (Middle Eastern flute) and sang, imitating the famous singers of the time. At age fourteen he entered “Dar Aadyil” the Conservatory of Music in Fez. At first he studied Western classical and Andalus music on piano and violin. He soon expanded to other instruments to better express his native music. With Rachid on vocals, oud (Middle Eastern fretless lute) and violin; the ensemble includes Sheldon Sands on Middle Eastern keyboard and accordion, and talented members of the Denver/Boulder music community.
MusicalGlobetrotters presents a program of songs representing a wide array of cultures spanning the globe. Age tailored to grades K-12, the program aims to increase appreciation and knowledge of our global community; promoting a more tolerant and peaceful world. MusicalGlobetrotters is lead by ethno-musicologist and musician Sheldon Sands and vocalist (Kathleen Sands), and is supported by Denver’s Mizel Museum.