Saxophonist | Composer | Educator
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“Complex harmonies, tantalizing melodies, and smooth ballads enrobe Amanda Gardier's Flyover Country as she claims a space among rising saxophonists.”
-Michele L. Simms-Burton
“All the tunes here are Gardier originals. She writes a fine melody, and she and her band execute the music with finesse.”
"Shifts between serene reveries and pronouncements so bold they could fit . . . into an in-your-face heavy metal band."
"This could be one of the best jazz albums of the year."
"Alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier‘s album Flyover Country . . . is a profoundly rewarding listen."
“A sure fingered player, she's equally at home with flights of fancy as she is with composed stuff.”
“A wild combination of hard bop and funk, you know this is not your standard jazz outing.”
“It's easy to settle into the lustrous tones and elegant structures in her compositions.”
“Empathy is a debut with a lot of something for everyone. And that in and of itself is no small feat."
"With a clear sense of composition and where her own fluid voice, and those of her superb surrounding musicians, fall within the whole, Indiana-based alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier opens [with] her debut disc, Empathy."
“Gardier's tone is rich, breathy and filled with feeling.”
-George W. Harris
“A uniquely talented jazz composer and soloist."
"Empathy is packed with standout moments."
"An instrumental voice that was subtle, tasteful and a touch restless."
“Her Tunes are diverse and delectable.”
"Gardier's alto sax work...drives the sound, bringing [Empathy] its soulful, emotional center."
“Gardier's phrasing is so well defined and clear that words almost emerge in your minds ear. That is what I think of when I hear "the voice" of an artists."
"This is what happens when you turn someone loose to make art and the results work."
“Charmingly direct solos on alto and flute”
“You won’t overlook [the] skills or the talents of alto saxophone player Amanda Gardier”
“Fine alto sax work from Gardier”
Sea of Tranquility
“[Gardier’s] sax solo on “Hallelujah” is absolutely gorgeous."
– Jon Neudorf
Saxophonist, recording artist, and composer Amanda Gardier has been described as “a uniquely talented jazz composer and soloist” (Nuvo). With influences stemming from Miguel Zenon, The Bad Plus, Walter Smith III, and Bjork, Gardier is an alto saxophonist who juxtaposes the calmness of lush harmonies and cyclical melodies with the intensity of complex rhythms and fiery improvisation. Her first release with Green Mind Records, Empathy, was “a debut with a lot of something for everyone” (All About Jazz). Comprised of an eclectic collection of original music, Empathy revealed Gardier’s refined compositional sense and lyrical tone. With her second release, Flyover Country, Gardier “claims a space among rising saxophonists” (Downbeat) through the display of bold compositions and flexible improvisation.
Amanda has performed at notable venues and music festivals across North America, including The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell's (Detroit), The Jazz Estate (Milwaukee), Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor), Palladium (Carmel), Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Fountain Square Music Festival, and more. She has also performed for the Walt Disney Company, Holland-America Cruise Lines, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Cardinal Stage Company, and Wood & Rodin Music Production. Throughout her career, Amanda has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Dave Stryker, Leni Stern, Wayne Wallace, Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Jamie Baum, Sal Lozano, and has been a featured performer on all four releases by the Charlie Ballantine Group--Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan (2018), Where is My Mind? (2017), Providence (2016), and Green (2015). Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University. Amanda is the Instructor of Jazz Saxophone at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
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