Seattle’s Classical Radio station, King FM (Second Inversion), just posted a video that they did of the Passenger String Quartet performing our arrangement of a Mozart Symphony/Nirvana mashup. Check it out!
The Passenger String Quartet will be performing a collection of new musical works inspired by the classic Sci-Fi book, “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by renowned author, Douglas Adams.
The show is this friday, January 15, 2016 at the Hugo House in Seattle. 7PM Doors, and 7:30 PM Show.
We will be backing a variety of artists from the Seattle music scene, and it’s sure to be a really fun, silly, and enlightening evening of entertainment.
Tickets can be purchased here.
This has been an incredibly trying year. It started off with a fire which took most of my possessions, and the life of my wonderful kitten Mendelssohn. I’ve dealt with heavy bouts of sadness and negativity with the music industry, relationships, my own life, and more. One of the first truths of Buddhist thought is that life is suffering – or more that impermanance leads to suffering. Essentially life is always in flux – for better or worse, but always changing, always evolving. The suffering comes when you try and hold on to everything, and not want it to change – and remain perfect forever. Well that is just not realistic at all to expect.
Things may have been very hard for me, but I also appreciate the fact that I get to live a life where I make music for a living, and bring enjoyment to others in the art that I do. Music is impermanence essentially, when you really think about it. The immediate act of creating sound and capturing that exact moment – that exact emotion – that exact color – it lives in dies right then and there. It is surrounded by silence. You just learn to appreciate the music you are hearing right then and there – because it is always changing.
This evening – I am leading a small string orchestra on national television with the American Music Awards, and performing with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and debuting a brand new song from their upcoming record. I provided orchestral arrangements for the song with M&RL, and am proud that I get to perform it live tonight. It doesn’t escape me how extreme this change in circumstances is for me…. from depression to performing on a highly televised event in front of millions…. it all seems rather weird and funny at the same time. All one can do is appreciate and enjoy the successes, but remember not to get caught up with them, or the lows either. I’m still working on it all… this sense of balance and peace… but at least these are great first steps to a better year to come. Here’s coming for you 2016.
Excited to be able to collaborate with Seattle Songstress/Singer V. Contreras again for her upcoming performance at the Triple Door venue in Seattle, WA. Scott Teske’s Seattle Rock Orchestra will be performing my full orchestral arrangements for the show on October 10, and I couldn’t be more elated! Always great working/collaborating with this stellar crew. I went through old material from Contreras’ debut album, and made it grander and more lush, and also wrote new arrangements for some new songs that she will be debuting at this performance. Special guest Fly Moon Royalty will be opening the evening!
I’m really excited about the release of this album. Producer Nate Yaccino, Kris Orlowski and myself put together this album, and did a massive overhaul on old George & Ira Gershwin tunes. When Nate and Kris first approached me about this project, it was with the focus on primarily using the music for licensing, but after starting to write arrangements for them, and record strings, and really delve into these old classic tunes… did the whole project seem to evolve and transform. These tunes, at their core, are timeless, and even when given a more rocking/alternative feel, they shine. I’m glad that we decided to release these tunes to the public, so everyone can hear them in this light. Just overall a project that I’m really proud, and excited to be a part of.
You can stream the entire album (short EP) below.
I have been hard at work with a bunch of new music, but a nice little side project that I’ve working on for the past month with Seattle singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, and producer Nate Yaccino is coming out shortly! We took on a bunch of classic George Gershwin tunes, and changed them up! We are releasing a teaser track from the EP, “Things Are Looking Up”, and you can check it out below!
A new project that I contributed a ton of stringed arrangements and performances to, is the brand new band “Roger Lion,” which is a cool combination of my friend and touring colleague Josh Karp (aka Budo), and Joe Pernice (of the Massachusetts alt-country combo Scud Mountain Boys and Pernice Brothers). The leading single from the album is the song “Dead Man’s Song,” which you can hear exclusively at Stereogum, or check out the Soundcloud link below. The album will be coming out on Team Love Records later this year. Enjoy!
Well it is finally happening. I’ve started the process of recording my debut solo orchestral album. I’ve written all the music, lyrics, arrangements, and had some help from friends with supplying beats and more throughout the album. It is a really exciting process to see all I’ve been working on over the past year finally culminate into a tangible product. Still a bit of a journey to go…. but it is gratifying to see all the hard work coming to fruition.
As of right now, there are eight full tracks, seven with lyrics, and one instrumental – complete with chamber symphonic works, and more. I didn’t want to write a classical album by any means, but there are elements of that, plus my own take on contemporary/pop music/film scoring. It is ambitious to say the least, but it is a really satisfying challenge for me to take on. Keep checking in over the next couple of weeks for updates on the process, and how everything is shaping up.
Our friends in the Seattle music community are putting together a wonderful little benefit concert for me and my girlfriend Susy. If you aren’t aware of what it is all about, here is a description below (wrote this back in January):
“Asking for help surprisingly doesn’t come easily to me. I have a tendency of wanting to do everything myself, and make sure it is done right – and with being an independent musician, this is a good trait to possess. However, you never quite plan for the catastrophic events that come your way in life, which are sometimes too much for someone to handle all on their own.
My girlfriend, Susy, who is also a full-time musician in Seattle, goes under the stage name Susy Sun. We used to own a beautiful little kitten named, Mendelssohn, but he passed away on January 4th, 2015 in a horrific fire that severely disrupted Susy and my little musical world.
On January 4th, Susy and myself were flying back up from San Francisco, CA, after spending New Years with my relatives in San Rafael. We had felt like we had earned ourselves a mini vacation after a big year of touring, releasing music, and recording. We were happy with the middle-class musician modest living we had earned for ourselves.
Our flight back had a layover in Salt Lake City around 5:00 PM. When we landed in Utah, I had a ton of missed calls, and voice messages from my neighbor, my landlord, and some random numbers I didn’t recognize. When I called back my neighbor to figure out what was going on – I wasn’t prepared for what I heard.
I was told that Mendelssohn our cat had died, and that there was a terrible fire in our apartment. I spoke with a fire marshall who said that the fire originated in the bedroom and that it was a ‘dirty fire.’ The carpet caught fire, which then ignited the bed, the drapes, and everything else in that corner of the room. Unfortunately the drapes had rubber covering on one side (to help keep the heat in because of unweatherized windows), and burned and released a lot of noxious fumes into the apartment, and the smoke damage from all of this was extensive. Poor Mendelssohn had passed away from smoke inhalation.
The fire was an electrical malfunction, which supposedly originated from a really old floorboard heater – the apartment was built back in 1963. While Susy and I were gone, we had turned off the heaters, so it just was some freak event.
Thankfully, we were covered by renters insurance… HOWEVER that amount also covers paying the cleaning crews, the inventory of stuff we want to try and re-claim, storage, renting a cargo van, etc. etc. The insurance company, and all these third party companies nickel and dime you, until you don’t really have a lot left to reclaim all your destroyed goods. So Susy and I had to do our own inventory for EVERY SINGLE THING in the apartment – from make up, to smoke poisoned food, to dead plants, to burnt out clothes, to all of our kittens old toys… This was a really difficult and emotionally trying part of all of this….. walking into our burnt out apartment day after day, felt like descending into a coal mine, pulling out blackened, and dead pieces of our old life. Smoke damage is under-rated on how devastating it can really be…..
At this point we guesstimate we have lost around 90% of all our belongings including: Susy’s piano, Susy’s albums, our bed, all electronics in the apartment (a macbook pro laptop, ipad, etc.), books, art, family heirlooms, quite a bit of my music gear (PA system, guitar pedals, sheet music, musical scores, etc.), 85% of our clothing, and all of our furniture in the apartment is unsalvageable. Our Xmas presents also went up in smoke. We know we are going to go over the coverage, but are not sure by how much, and that terrifies us.
That is where everything stands at this point. Since Susy and I are both freelance full-time musicians, this ordeal has made it impossible for us to work.
We are thankful for all the support from our friends, family, and community. A lot of people wanted to know how they could help us – and donations through a site such as this would be the easiest way for us to get back on our feet.
Asking for help surprisingly doesn’t come easily to us. But in this moment, we really need it.
Susy & Andrew