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Mobtown Moon (2013)

Mobtown Moon

Envisioned by Sandy Asirvatham (now known as Sandhya) and coproduced by her and singer-songwriter ellen cherry, Mobtown Moon was a massive Baltimore-centric homage on the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's classic album The Dark Side of the Moon. Taking 3 years to put together and involving over 50 musicians, Mobtown Moon is a track-by-track reinvention of the original using jazz, rock, gospel, hip-hop, and the found sounds of Baltimore City and highlighting the beauty and power of Roger Water's lyrics.
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Memoir (2007)

Sandy Asirvatham (now known as Sandhya)

I was writing a novel but kept getting stuck. Procrastinated at the piano, playing and singing old show tunes and standards—a return to childhood obsession. I got curious about jazz improvisation; then I got avid. Time passed. Piano lessons and college music courses led to jam sessions and gigs, and eventually to professional work on the local wedding/cocktail hour circuit. I stopped struggling with the novel and started composing songs instead—JAZZish but flavored with folk rock funk acoustic—little five-minute fictions that rhyme. Then I booked studio time and found hotshot friends to accompany my vocals/piano/synth: FRANK RUSSO drums/percussion AMY SHOOK bass/violin/viola JIM MCFALLS trombone TOM WILLIAMS trumpet/flugelhorn DANI CORTAZA acoustic guitar CHRIS KENNEDY electric guitar. With brilliant band-mates like these, who’d want to stay home and wrestle the taunting blank page?
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