Andy Smith

 

Andy’s Biography

Musician, Educator, and Composer, Andy Smith is recognized internationally, having enjoyed a diverse career for over two decades. His most recent projects include CD recordings, Finally Here with Angel Roman and Mambo Blue, and Transparency featuring Latin Jazz group Batuquê Trio (batuquetrio.com). Andy’s recent compositions include: Vento no Ritmo (Wind in Rhythm) for flute trio with leg rattles commissioned by Deanna Hahn-Little; Fora da Caixa, an experimental graphic score for percussion trio; Two Maracatu for Drum-set Duo (a popular youtube video features Andy with drummer Marcus Finnie); and Brazilian Suite for Tambourines, premiered at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 2015 will include new works for 10-Can Percussion and Caixa Trio.

The recently formed B-line Trio is an innovative jazz percussion trio featuring Andy with colleagues Brian Mueller and Brian McNulty. The marimba, vibe, drum-set trio performs clever arrangements of jazz, choro and popular music and specializes in residencies and percussion festivals where they present master classes together and separately in diverse “break-out” sessions (blinetrio.com COMING SOON!).

Andy currently lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife Amy Smith (Caixa Trio) and their children. Andy earned a Doctor of Music there at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and continues to serve as assistant director to Michael Spiro’s Indiana University Bateria, performing at carnaval (carnival) festivals in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

Andy taught as Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University from 1999-2008 and serves as the Percussion Instructor for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, a state sponsored program for elite college-bound musicians. His career has taken him from the recording studios of Nashville, TN to Tanglewood, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl. He has traveled to Ghana West Africa and the Caribbean to be immersed in African diasporic rhythm. In 2012, Andy was awarded a Tinker Foundation grant to study contemporary Brazilian Jazz drumming in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Other recent performances include numerous percussion festivals residencies and “Day of Percussion” events, the Jazz Education Network Convention, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Lotus Music Festival, and grant sponsored workshops with Bernard Woma, Musical Ambassador to Ghana.

Andy is published by Row-Loff Publications. Additionally, Andy self-publishes his works for solo percussion with electronics, percussion and other chamber ensembles and Latin-Jazz combo (asmithdrum.com). He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Evans drumheads and Innovative Percussion.

Events:

  1. BulletBatuquê Trio, WFHB Local Live, wed. jan. 28, 9:30 - 10:00 pm

  2. BulletBatuquê Trio, Serendipity, fri. jan. 30 7:00 - 10:00 pm

  3. Bullet10-can percussion commission - Multi-Perc Trio

  4. BulletCaixa Trio commission - Pandeiro, Riq, Tambourines

  5. BulletApril 15 UT Martin residency

  6. BulletApril 16 - 18 UT Knoxville percussion ensemble festival

  7. BulletB-line: Jazz Percussion Trio dates and video - TBD