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Performance Bio

Sandy Asirvatham (ah-sir-VAH-thum) is a prodigiously creative pianist, singer-songwriter, bandleader and arranger. Her newest project is Mobtown Moon, a full-length interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic album, Dark Side of the Moon, to be co-produced with award-winning singer-songwriter ellen cherry and performed by a selection of excellent Baltimore musicians from all genres.

Asirvatham’s live shows often reflect a gimlet-eyed engagement with the larger world–a holdover tendency from her many years as a working journalist. Shortly after the financial crash of 2009, she compiled a program of songs about money and money troubles, and has performed them on or around April 15 (U.S. tax day) several times. Included were tunes both poignant and humorous, ranging from the Beatles, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell to heady old standards like “Pennies From Heaven” and “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” In another of her cleverly constructed theme shows, Asirvatham has sung songs of love and heartbreak for a nontraditional Valentine’s Day.

Asirvatham’s self-released 2007 CD, Memoir, contained ten memorable original songs and was chosen as one critic’s best jazz debut in the Village Voice that year. She has appeared at numerous jazz and rock clubs in New York (The Bitter End, The Shrine and the Underground), Baltimore (The 8×10, An die Musik, Joe Squared and Germano’s), and Annapolis (49 West), and major festivals and cultural institutions.

In the past decade she has performed her own songs and unique cover arrangements as a solo artist or accompanied by top musicians (including drummers Frank Russo, Mike Gambone and Shareef Taher; bassists Amy Shook, Jeff Reed, or Jake Leckie; trumpeters Alex Norris, Tommy Williams and Ben Frock; guitarists Chris Kennedy, Jon Rogerson and Tom Lagana; and trombonists Jim McFalls and Brad Gunson). Asirvatham is also a longtime member of KREation (Kevin Robinson Ensemble), a collective that performs minimally structured compositions and free improvisations.

Interviews and Reviews

John Lewis of BALTIMORE magazine reviews MEMOIR

Smithsonian American Art Museum interview

Interview with Sam Sessa of the Baltimore SUN and “Baltimore Unsigned” on WTMD 89.7