Primary Instrument: Piano
Boston-born improvising pianist/composer Andy McWain has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Assif Tsahar, Karl Berger, Tiger Okoshi, Santi Debriano, Brian Melvin, Joe Giardullo, Royal Hartigan, John Dirac, Hafez Modirzadeh, Albey Balgochian, Laurence Cook, Dino Govoni, Luther Gray, Daniel Levin, David Bindman, Wes Brown, Jim Robitaille, Brooke Sofferman, Bruno Raberg, Dennis Warren's Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble, and the Zen Bastards, among others. He studied at UMass and the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M., composition), and participated in artist residencies at Yaddo (NY), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL) with Butch Morris, and the Akiyoshidai International Art Village (JPN). McWain also founded and produced the Audible Think Improvised Music Series in Massachusetts. (http://audiblethink.blogspot.com). In early 2006, he spent a few months in a jazz quintet house band at the club _Number Five_ in Shanghai, China.
McWain's recordings include his quartet debut STARFISH with saxophonist Assif Tsahar, bassist Noah Jarrett, and drummer Chris Poudrer. In December 05, 'the recording McWain- Balgochian-Cook: VIGIL was released, and features McWain with Albey Balgochian (Cecil Taylor's bassist), and veteran drummer Laurence Cook (Bill Dixon, Sabir Mateen, Paul Bley). His recording Andy McWain Ensemble: RESEMBLANCE was released in late 2007. It features eight musicians (including Sofia Koutsovitis, Assif Tsahar, Rick Britto, Chris Poudrier, Jeremy Udden, David Landoni, and Albey Balgochian) in various combinations from solo piano, duos, and trios to sextet.
Andy McWain Ensemble: Resemblance
Fuller Street Music, FSM 3146
Personnel: Andy McWain: piano/electric piano; Assif Tsahar: tenor saxophone; Albey Balgochian: electric upright bass; Sofia Koutsovitis: voice; Rick Britto: tenor sax; Jeremy Udden: alto/soprano saxophone; David Landoni: acoustic bass; Chris Poudrier: drums/percussion.
Andy McWain Quartet: Starfish
Fuller Street Music, FSM 8854
Tracks: Periodic Stasis Amid Torrent; Duo Interlude; Thorn Tea Jar (I/II); As a Starfish, more.
Personnel: Assif Tsahar: tenor sax/bass clarinet; Andy McWain: piano; Noah Jarrett: bass; Chris Poudrier, drums.
Fuller Street Music, FSM 2166
Tracks: Absolute Blue; Vigil; Window of Views; Offerings in Purple, Ceremonial Moon, more.
Personnel: Andy McWain: piano; Albey Balgochian: bass; Laurence Cook, drums.
As A Side Musician
Kevin Frenette 4
Fuller Street Music, FSM 1781
Tracks: Connections; Network Theory.
Personnel: Kevin Frenette, guitar; Andy McWain, piano; Todd Keating, bass; Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.