I Never Saw Another Butterfly

by Dana Sandler

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Dear Pavel
The Butterfly
Dear Franta
Home/The Old House
The Garden
Dear Alena
Dear Anonymous
On a Sunny Evening
Birdsong/Butterfly Reprise


DANA SANDLER’s debut CD, I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY, set for release on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), April 21, 2020, is a moving tribute to the youngest victims of the Holocaust. Sandler got the inspiration for this project from the book of the same title.

Originally published in 1959, I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of poetry and art created by the Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. The camp held around 144,000 prisoners including Jewish scholars, musicians, and artists. Sandler dedicates her album to Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an Austrian artist and educator who organized secret art classes for the children of Terezin. Dicker-Brandeis collected 4,500 children’s drawings and poems in two suitcases before she was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. Fifteen thousand children passed through Terezin. Fewer than 100 survived.

Sandler composed I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY as a song-cycle that highlights poets in the Terezin Concentration Camp -- Pavel Friedmann, Franta Bass, and Alena Synkova-Munkova, who was one of the few children to survive the camp, as well as additional unknown young poets.

Sandler’s music is captivating, and her voice is a sensitive, emotive instrument. The topic of the album is heart-wrenching, but Sandler never gives in to maudlin tropes. Instead, she pays great respect to these young people and their suffering, hopes, and youthful insights through her sensitive interpretations with the hope that no other child will ever have to endure these horrors again.


releases April 21, 2020

Dana Sandler: voice
Carmen Staaf: piano
Jorge Roeder: bass
Austin McMahon: drums, percussion, voice (track 8)
Peter Kenagy: trumpet, flugelhorn
Rick Stone: alto saxophone, clarinet
Michael Winograd: clarinet (track 8)
Rory Sandler McMahon: voice (tracks 4 & 8)

Produced by Austin McMahon & Dana Sandler
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Peter Kontrimas at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA
Photos by Isabel Roeder: zazaroeder@gmail.com
Illustrations by Rory Sandler McMahon
Graphic design and CD layout by Austin McMahon

Poems from the collection I Never Saw Another Butterfly © 1993 Schocken Books Inc., used with permission granted by the Jewish Museum in Prague, with the exception of: Unititled, Tears, I’d Like To Go Alone used with permission granted by DILIA, copyright © Alena Munková - heirs

All compositions by Dana Sandler copyright © 2020 Dana Sandler Music ASCAP except Ani Ma’amin by Azriel David Fastag


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Dana Sandler Boston, Massachusetts

Dana Sandler is a vocalist and composer based in Boston, MA. Her debut as a bandleader, I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a chamber jazz song-cycle comprised of 3 instrumentals and 9 musical settings highlighting poetry written by young prisoners in Terezín Concentration Camp (1942-44). “Sandler proves a master melodic alchemist, mixing emotion and history.” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz ... more

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Track Name: I'd Like To Go Alone/Ani Ma'amin
I’d Like To Go Alone
-Alena Synkova

I’d like to go away alone
Where there are other, nicer people,
Somewhere into the far unknown,
There, where no one kills another.

Maybe more of us,
A thousand Strong,
Will reach this goal
Before too long.

Ani Ma’amin (ןימאמ ינא)
Ani ma’amin (3x)
Be’emuna sch’lema
B’viat hamashiach
B’viat hamashiach Ani ma’amin (2x)

(Translation: I believe with complete faithin the coming of the Messiah, I believe)

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