Formerly with Boy Katindig and Batucada bands Performed at Birds, Papillon, Cats Performed abroad Melbourne Australia, Hongkong, LA Qatar, Malaysia, Brunei Currently performs every Saturday at 7th note With JFK Past President of The Jazz Society of the Philippines Chairman of the Philippine International Jazz Festival International Recording Artist
A short paraphrase of a line, from my favorite pastime pocketbook, is the best start. It says when something is good, it makes the heads of the kids turn. When men’s heads join in, it’s probably beautiful. But when it turns the heads of the ladies as well, then you have something gorgeous.
And many heads turn whenever they hear and see Sandra Lim Viray. Hers is a voice and a stage presence that makes the audience come up closer to the stage and be mesmerized further. She has a unique way of singing, nay _expression, that makes the listeners detach from their feelings and identify more with her own, which can range from the mischievously playful to the melancholic. Her stage showmanship is simply cool and may, at times, look subdued, but she projects a strong sense of urgency and motion that makes the audience stand up on their feet and groove to her rhythm.
Sandra is a perfect example of a total music artist.
Like many great jazz artists, Sandra had her start in the classics and in the tunes of the time. Being born in a musically rich generation and the youngest to a very musical family, her training was thus, consequently extensive. She took up formal music lessons at an early age (piano and marimba in particular) and became the youngest soloist of her church choir. When she's home, she got to absorb the eclectic sounds emanating from her elder siblings. Classics and Gospel songs, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Fifth Dimensions, Cat Stevens, Sergio Mendez all combined to prime Sandra for her jazz days ahead.