Composer, pianist, recording artist and producer Sheldon Sands is the music director for Congregation Nevei Kodesh, based in Boulder, CO. His recent musical projects have included performances with the Boulder Klezmer Consort, The Rachid Halihal Middle Eastern Ensemble, Soul Sacrifice/A Tribute to Santana, and Bat Kol (Sacred Jewish Liturgical Music). He is currently engaged in the development of a musical, Nathan the Wise, for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and in the fall of 2010 will be entering a PhD program in Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado. With his immediate family living in Southern California and with great contacts in the state, Sheldon sees more and more association with the Helfman Institute and California's Jewish community in his future!
In 1995 he released 'Across Many Oceans', a critically acclaimed CD of original compositions that cross cultural borders.
In 1997 Sheldon was awarded a seven-month artistic residency in Arad, Israel. His time there provided a rich opportunity to study Jewish and Middle Eastern music, compose, and record a series of sessions in Tel Aviv with some of Israel’s top Jewish and Arab musicians. The CD of all original compositions, 'Dead Sea Strolls',
was released in March 2002. http://sheldonsands.com/
In 2006 he composed musical settings to Shabbat liturgy with the CD PrayerSongs by Bat Kol, infusing a fresh voice to ancient Hebrew mystical prayers and longings, with beautiful vocals and an infectious fusion of Western, Middle Eastern and Indian musical styles. http://www.myspace.com/batkol
His lecture/presentations have included, “Cultural Crossroads: An Introduction to the Music of the Middle East”, and "Klezmer: The Art and Soul of Jewish Music." In presentations throughout the western states, he brings an informed vitality to the presentation of world music, helping audiences of all ages to better understand and appreciate the music of these fascinating lands and peoples.
Through Shalhevet Productions, Sheldon produces concerts of world music, with an emphasis on promoting understanding and peace between people of diverse cultures. Concerts have included “The Poetry of Peace: Music of the Middle East” featuring legendary musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek at the Boulder Theater, and recently, “Light from the Desert: Middle East Peace Concert” at Old Main, CU Boulder and the Newman Center, DU Denver,
featuring leading Israeli and Palestinian musicians.