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. During this time Mr. Kushnir also got the opportunity play in The famed Gary Schwartz Concordia Big Band. In 2012 Andrew began studying at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, where he got to work and study with artists such as Jason Palmer, Neal Smith, Yoron Israel, Lin Biviano, and others. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music, Andrew went on to study and receive his Masters in Jazz studies/performance from New York University Steinhardt. At New York University Andrew got a chance to study and work with artists such as grammy nominated composer and arranger Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik, John Scofield, Stefon Harris, Michael Rodriguez and others. During his time at NYU, Kushnir also got the opportunity to work and intern with grammy award winning pianist Chick Corea during his two month residency at the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City

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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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