Q&A with Andrew
Which musician would you like to play with?
I'd love to play with Jacob Collier!
Which musician has influenced you the most?
Todd Rundgren, Meshuggah, and Bach!
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
My strongest suit is the ability to teach the discipline and craft of being a musician, while imparting the joy and love that keeps us playing. During my musical upbringing, I was lucky enough to be taught by a number of incredible musicians that helped me turn my love for music into a joyful lifelong pursuit!
How did you learn to play your instrument?
I started playing as a young child since my parents are both professional musicians, and my dad is a drummer. After they got me started, I went on to study music and earned my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music at Juilliard.
What equipment do you play on today?
I play on Gretsch and Yamaha drums, Yamaha timpani, and a Marimba One Marimba.
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Discipline! Once I started thinking of practicing as part of my daily ritual, it became much easier to build my life around it.
What does your instrument have that others don't?
The percussion instruments are special in so many ways! First and foremost, we play in every genre of music, and get to use full-body coordination to express ourselves. Also, the drums have an incredible dynamic range, from almost inaudibly soft, to loud enough to fill up a concert hall!
How do you handle children?
I love working with kids, and have a lot of experience working with them. First and foremost, I make sure that each student knows that the whole point is having fun, and that it's alright to make some mistakes along the way! That's how you know you're trying. After all, it's called PLAYING music!
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
This is a hard one, but I think it was touring the Middle East with an orchestra a few years ago. Touring is a blast because it combines the fun of travel and seeing new places, with the fun of playing music!
What was the biggest stage you played on?
I've been lucky enough to perform at Carnegie Hall dozens of times with a variety of groups, and every time its been special.
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Jeff Buckley - Grace. I've listened all the way through 100s of times, and I will probably listen through 100s more. An all around classic!
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
I love the outdoors, and am a serious runner. When I'm not working, I'm almost definitely out in the mountains running!
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
What languages can you teach in?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Foxanne, Atlas Bloom
Other Music-related work / goals
Release more original compositions, compose music for film/video games
Trail Running, Nature, History, Geopolitics