Born: May 2, 1977 Primary Instrument: Drums
Curtis Andrews is a Canadian musician with global persuasions.
He creates music that is informed by his many years of experience with West African, South Indian and traditions yet transcends any neat box to fit into. In Decemeber 2008 he released his first record entitled “The Offering of Curtis Andrews”, a collection of 12 original pieces that draw from his studies and travels in Asia, Africa and at home in North America. Already it is gaining steady praise as some of the most original and refreshing music to come out of Newfoundland in a long, long time. Consisting of drumset, percussion, mridangam (South Indian classical drum), Ewe percussion (West African), electric bass, electric guitar, trumpet, alto/tenor sax, vibraphone and Fender Rhodes, the pieces themselves range from the virtuosic and mind-bending to soothing and meditative. Listen with open ears, mind and heart and you will not be disappointed.
Raised in the town of Carbonear, Curtis taught himself to play the drumset as a youth. Since then, he has become a recognized player of jazz, rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop, country, pop, improvisational music and world music. Over the years in Newfoundland, he has performed and recorded with most major groups and artists including Mopaya, The Idlers, Duane Andrews, Jenny Gear, The Discounts, Mark Bragg, Denis Parker, Bill Rose, Gulliver’s Spree, Danette Eddy, Colleen Power, Blair Harvey, The Novaks, Patrick Boyle and many others covering most any style imaginable. On occasion he also performs with visiting musicians such as Celso Machado, Nuno Cristo and more.
A graduate of York University, his personal musical journeys over the years have extended to the villages and metropolises of Ghana, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and he has developed a deep knowledge of the history and performance of music from these areas. His personal mentors have included (late)Don Wherry, Trichy Sankaran and Frederick Kwasi Dunyo. He continues to study and perform with these masters whenever possible.
A leader in his field, Curtis is the founder and artistic director of Dzolali Drum and Dance Ensemble, which performs music and dance from West and Southern Africa. He is a teacher of African and Indian percussion, drumset, Zimbabwean mbira and West African music, dance and song. A regular participant in the international Sound Symposium, he has been a member of its artistic selection committee for the past 6 years. He has contributed deeply to the cultural diversification of the music scene in modern-day Newfoundland, both through his own projects and his endeavours to introduce musicians of other cultures into his environment.
The Offering of Curtis Andrews
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I have been teaching since 1998 in various capacities.
Beginner to advanced.
Drumset styles of all styles and levels.
Hand drumming of various traditions, especially that of Ghana.
South Indian drumming and rhythmic theory. This can be taught on any instrument or with the voice alone through the spoken syllables known as solkattu.
Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano)
I'm very flexible with times and rates.
Feel free to contact me if you are in the Vancouver area.