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Andrew Kushnir

Montreal born drummer, Andrew Kushnir first came onto the Canadian Music scene when he joined the acclaimed Franco Proietti Morph-Tet at the age of 17 as a DJ/Turntablist. With the Morph-tet , Andrew went on to record 3 albums (Morphology, Like The Shore is to The Ocean, and Live at St. Ambroise) and play many of the major Canadian music festivals such as the Fringe Festival, The St. Ambroise Funk N’ Jazz Festival, and The Quebec City Jazz Fest. During this time Andrew also produced and worked with Grammy nominated Canadian MC Jonathan Emile. While playing with the Morph-tet, Andrew Kushnir began studying the drums with celebrated Canadian Jazz Drummers Jim Doxas and Michel Berthiaume

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Kushnir, who is now studying for his Masters in Performance at New York University Steindhart with Stefon Harris and Joe Lovano, provided strong but nuanced drumming to the trio, complementing the melodic feel of two well-known Montreal musicians: pianist Josh Rager and double bassist Adrian Vedady.

-Alayne McGregor ottawajazzscene.ca

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