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.