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Loyola Presents Sanford Hinderlie and Tom Van Der Geld in Concert

Loyola press release - April 15, 2018

Evening of jazz will spotlight internationally known vibraphonist and composer Thomas van der Geld and Sanford Hinderlie, acclaimed jazz pianist and Loyola professor of music

Loyola Presents this week an evening of jazz with internationally known vibraphonist and composer Dr. Thomas van der Geld performing with Sanford Hinderlie, acclaimed jazz pianist and Loyola professor of music. Van der Geld is legendary for his solo work and group recordings for the German label ECM/JAPO. Hinderlie has performed throughout the world and has recorded on New Orleans-based STR Digital Records. The pair have performed in several cities in Europe this year, including Dresden, Freiberg, Düsseldorf, Rattingen and Gerresheim, Germany and Vienna, Austria, and will record a duo CD this summer in New Orleans for release in early 2019.

Van der Geld and Hinderlie will perform a unique jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event, which is supported in part by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Funds for Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) and Loyola University’s Biever Guest Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the West Road parking garage.

“As we enter the city’s tricentennial, Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to bring international talent to work and perform side by side with our talented faculty and students and toentertain audiences from the greater New Orleans community,” said Kern D. Maass, interim dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “This exciting concert featuring internationally renowned vibraphonist Thomas van der Geld and our own Sandy Hinderlie celebrates jazz, an essential part of the city’s 300-year history. These two incredible artists will perform original compositions, both new and existing works from the 40-plus years each has contributed to the world of jazz.”

Thomas van der Geld is a Boston-born American vibraphonist who has lived permanently in Europe since 1974. He has performed at nearly all of the significant European Jazz Festivals including Montreux, Weltmusiktage Donaueschingen, Baden-Baden New Jazz Meeting, Willisau Festival, Jazz Festival Berlin and the Leverkusener Jazz Festival.

He has performed and collaborated on productions with important jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Charlie Mariano, Manfred Schoof, Luis de Mateo, Eduard Vesala, Barre Philips, Albert Mangelsdorf, Keith Copeland, Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Herbolzheimer and Bill Connors.

His legendary group Children at Play has recorded four albums for the German label ECM / JAPO, namely: Children at Play, Path, Patience and Out Patience. In addition to composing for his own small groups, van der Geld has written commissioned numerous works for stage and film.

Sanford Hinderlie, a professor of music at Loyola University New Orleans, works with students in the university’s acclaimed Department of Film and Music Industry Studies, which aims to prepare students for entrepreneurial success in creative professions. Hinderlie teaches contemporary music and serves as director of the university’s brand-new Popular and Commercial Music program in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts.


He built the first recording studio at Loyola in the 80s and has been responsible for the building of technology labs in the College of Music and Fine Arts. A composer and performer of electronic music, Hinderlie has written compositions that have been heard throughout the United States. He is currently also busy as a composer for television, radio, and films, including a feature-length movie, titled Cut Up, and AAA travel videos.

Hinderlie has composed the music for past New Orleans Big Easy Awards programs. He performs as a jazz and commercial pianist in New Orleans. His latest recording of jazz piano, Hinderlie Plays Hinderlie features all original compositions. An earlier CD, Solo Flight, includes several jazz standards. He is the president of STR Digital Records, a label specializing in New Orleans-based musicians. You can visit the Web site at www.strdigital.com.

Launched under Hinderlie’s direction, Loyola’s Popular and Commercial Music bachelor’s degree program is one of the top three most popular majors among first-year students at Loyola and has tripled in size over the last three years. The program places primary emphasis on musical ability and live performance. Students in the program are required to take courses in music industry studies, music technology, business and theory, as well as band/ensemble classes and private music lessons.

The Popular and Commercial Music program at Loyola demands that prospective students audition for admission, be proficient on an instrument, and participate in a student ensemble.

“What finer place than New Orleans to have this new program. The city is a recruiting tool,” Hinderlie said. “Students have the opportunity to perform ― and perform frequently ― in New Orleans because we have such a vibrant live music scene and rich heritage.”

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