Saturday, 2 December 2017


I am certain that the music will speak for itself, but I will do my best to write up a few truths. Some of the material for Underpaintings (2017) had been whirling inside my head for a very long time indeed; some of it came to me last November.

Loss is a recurring theme on this tenth outing. In chronological order: it is new year 2011 and I am worrying about losing the people I love; a notepad mysteriously goes missing in summer 2016; that long coach trip home from Oxford last winter, where I sank my cold tears into an empty envelope; it is springtime and my mother brings news that an acquaintance has passed away.

These places in time, underpaintings of a wider canvas, composed in space and time, are where the music is drawn into a sketch. It can take years to go from there: from knowing that I have a place for everything, to knowing that everything has its place.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Belsize Community Library Open Mic

It was the end of a warm spring afternoon and the sun was setting outside. I sat at my sound-desk, admiring the aged wood of the grade listed building. It would be a privilege to play on such an historic site and to support the library.

On the classical guitar, I played a brief selection of my own pieces. Notably, I had never performed on nylon strings in public before. I then did the sound engineering for several poets and musicians, introducing the acts as we went along. The room has perfect natural reverb and the volume was kept reasonably low.

The audience participated and clapped along to the music on a number of occasions. I came back on stage to sing a couple of cover songs and the evening concluded on time. All my gear was packed up by ten o' clock.

Original Poster for Belsize Community Library Open Mic
(now every Friday)

Dan Sandman supports Belsize Communtiy Library