Hannah Sandoz is a performer-composer, visual artist, and audio engineer based in Chicago, IL. They are a 2021 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts).
Sandoz's work explores shared experiences, human tenderness, and emotional memory. They began their songwriting practice as a teenager in their hometown of Lafayette, LA with an approach that's candid and often through-composed. Their arrangements implement morose lyrics and lush ambient soundscapes, dense and vivid, like the ecosystem that bore them. Sandoz's primary instruments are guitar, voice, and laptop. Storytelling comes naturally to them, and the intimacy of opening up to people invigorates their writing process. Vulnerability is worth it to them. Their songwriting structure is reminiscent of folk music, and their use of digital processing helps to articulate experiences with more detail.
With each work, they document an event in their life or a feeling they've had. Some documents are tender and intimate, while others feel cold and distant. These intangible properties inform their approach to harmony, structure, and timbre.
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