Sandvoss Root

The mystery of what isn’t and what is. Contrast defines.
Combine three chords and the truth with a heart-wrenchingly beautiful cello line,
and you have the essence of Sandvoss Root.
Stories are told and ideas shared in a simple and honest manner
that is reminiscent of Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Stan Rogers, John Prine…

"That was a treat last night hearing you do your songs with Beth accompanying you on the cello. What a nice touch."
Neil MacGonigill ~ Indelible Music

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For inquiries, contact Chris Sandvoss ~ 403.949.4194


Chris Sandvoss - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Violin

"Take an idea, nurture it, and watch it grow. Within this we realize the difficulty in maintaining simplicity while discovering the nuances that enhance our experi-ence." Chris Sandvoss has had the pleasure of collaborating with very fine musicians throughout his musical life. He has performed as a singer-songwriter, violinist, violist, fiddler, and conductor. Chris had been featured in numerous live perfor-mances on the CBC, Hungarian (Magyar) National Radio, Global Television, CTV, and CBCTV. As a session player, he has recorded for artists in the jazz, country, blues, and rock genres. He was a member of the 13th Street Trio, Land's End Ensemble, UCalgary Quartet, Kensington Sinfonia, regularly per-formed with the Vancouver Symphony, and conducted the Calgary Chamber Players. As a singer -songwriter, Chris performs as a solo act, with Sandvoss Root, and Chisel Creek. In addition to his performance schedule, Chris Sandvoss also creates world-class violins, violas, and cellos.

"Chris Sandvoss is a gifted wordsmith and artist" ~ Rhea March ~ March Music

Beth Sandvoss - Cello, Vocals

Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth’s early professional activities took her to Hong Kong, where she became a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Victoria String Quartet, performing throughout Asia. Beth regularly collaborates with artists such as Ian Swenson, Barry Shiffman, James Camp-bell, François Houle and Linda Wang. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio. Recent appearances include concert tours in China and Portugal.

Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, winners of both the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording. In addition to her Land’s End Chamber Ensemble activities, Beth is a member of the UCalgary String Quartet-in-residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier Christopher Sandvoss.

“The performance brought out its depth of passion….Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony—“ ~ Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision