December 8, 2012

Grammy Award winning guitarist: Andrew York

When I listen to classical guitar players such as Andrew I also get ideas on how I might play a standard jazz tune differently. In stead of strumming chords you can use a million different approaches. Chick Corea borrows a lot of rhythmic and harmonic ideas from a composer like Bela Bartok. Also Mike Miller likes to borrow from classical players on guitar or piano.

GRAMMY-winning guitarist and composer Andrew York has shown extraordinary talent and versatility as a musician in many styles: electric guitar in a jazz quintet; classical guitar with The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; even lute with the USC Early Music Ensemble.
In addition to his solo career, recording and performing his own compositions, Andrew's recent collaborations include projects with Andy Summers, Allaudin Mathieu, Dai Kimura, and Mitsuko Kado.
Andrew York

Andrew's tour schedule has included concerts in thirty countries. He has over 50 works published for guitar in its many varieties: solo, duo, trio, quartet, and ensemble. He has appeared in 3 DVDS, has recorded or appeared as soloist on more than 10 CDs, and has published a three-volume work on in-depth jazz study for classical guitarists. Andrew plays on 10 recordings with The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet including the GRAMMY-winning "Guitar Heroes" (2005).

Solo CDs include: Perfect Sky (1986), Denouement (1994), Into Dark (1997), California Breeze (2006) and The Hauser Sessions (2007).

Andrew was born in 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 1980 at James Madison University and completed his Master of Music degree at University of Southern California in 1986, both degrees magna cum laude. He was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at USC, including the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship and the Del Amo Foundation Grant for Study in Spain. Andrew is the only alumni in USC's history to have received their Distinguished Alumni Award twice, in 1997 as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and again in 2003 for his solo music career.

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