“In order to create something you’ve gotta have limitations.”

We're finally back! For Shat Talk Episode 004 I spoke with three-time Emmy-nominated pianist and composer Steve Sandberg whose scoring, songwriting, and musical direction for “Dora the Explorer,” “Go, Diego, Go!,” and “Dora and Friends” helped to make these shows the landmarks that they are in children’s television worldwide. We discuss his new classical and world music quartet called Alaya, of which I am a part, as well as his time in the electronic music department at Yale, his passion for Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and Indian music, playing in the Rei Momo band w/ David Byrne, studying with Seymour Bernstein, and lot’s more.

To go to the fun-funded project page for the new acoustic Alaya CD with Zach Brock go to…-Steven-Sandberg

Music samples courtesy of Steve Sandberg.

"Elastic Plastic Generation" by Steve Sandberg(from Elastic Plastic Generation, 2015, Teknofonic Recordings)

"Unicorn Scene" by Steve Sandberg (from Dora The Explorer, Viacom Entertainment)

"Oromi" by Steve Sandberg ‎(from Daniel Ponce's album Arawe, 1987, Antilles New Directions)

"Prelude No. 2" by Steve Sandberg (personal recording)

"Master of Prayer" by Steve Sandberg (from Alaya, 2015)

"Janos" by Steve Sandberg (from a soundcheck at Cornelia Street Cafe, 2016)

"A Dream" by Steve Sandberg (from Alaya, 2015)