Brian Wilson has issued a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus Sandlund, a cellist from the Stockholm Strings & Horns who played on his recently released recreation of the lost Beach Boys album “SMiLE.” Sandlund was vacationing in Thailand when the area was battered by a tsunami following a Dec. 26 earthquake in the Indian Ocean and has not been heard from since.
“I have been devastated since I heard the news that Markus is missing in Thailand,” Wilson says in a statement. “We have sent an agent to see what we can find out, but as of today (Jan. 4) we have been unable to locate Marcus in the area. If there is anyone out there who might know Markus’ whereabouts please contact email@example.com.
“My prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and I would ask you to say a prayer for Markus’ safe return,” he adds.
Sandlund and his girlfriend, identified only as Sofi, embarked on the vacation at the end of the Wilson’s New Zealand and Australian tour in support of “SMiLE” (Nonesuch). They were in the pool at the Orchid Beach Resort at Khao Lak when the tsunami struck. Sofi was swept away and later rescued, and is now recovering in a Swedish hospital.
According to the Web site of trombonist Bjorn Samuelson, a member of the Stockholm Strings & Horns, the 29-year-old Sandlund has played cello since he was 6 years old and studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Besides Wilson, he has also performed in Sweden behind the late Ray Charles.