Andy P. Smith
Musician, Educator, and Composer, Andy Smith is recognized internationally, having enjoyed a diverse career for over two decades. His recent projects include CD recordings, Finally Here with Angel Roman and Mambo Blue, and Transparency featuring Latin Jazz group Batuquê Trio (batuquetrio.com). Andy’s recent compositions include: Vento no Ritmo (Wind in Rhythm) for flute trio with leg rattles commissioned by Deanna Hahn-Little; Fora da Caixa, an experimental graphic score for percussion trio; Two Maracatu for Drum-set Duo (a popular youtube video features Andy with drummer Marcus Finnie); and Brazilian Suite for Tambourines, premiered at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 2017 will include new works for 10-Can Percussion and Caixa Trio.
The recently formed B-line Trio is an innovative jazz percussion trio featuring Andy with colleagues Brian Mueller and Brian McNulty. The trio performs clever arrangements of jazz, choro and popular music and specializes in residencies and percussion festivals where they present master classes together and separately in diverse “break-out” sessions.
Smith lives in El Paso, TX with his wife Amy Smith (Caixa Trio) and their children. There, he serves as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He recently earned a Doctorate in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Director to Michael Spiro's Brazilian Percussion Ensemble.
Andy taught as Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University from 1999-2008 and serves as the Percussion Instructor for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, a state sponsored program for elite college-bound musicians. His career has taken him from the recording studios of Nashville, TN to Tanglewood, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl. He has traveled to Ghana West Africa and the Caribbean to be immersed in African diasporic rhythm. In 2012, Andy was awarded a Tinker Foundation grant to study contemporary Brazilian Jazz drumming in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Other recent performances include the Jazz Education Network Convention, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Lotus Music Festival, and grant sponsored workshops with Bernard Woma, Musical Ambassador to Ghana.
Andy is published by Row-Loff Publications. Additionally, Andy self-publishes his works for solo percussion with electronics, percussion and other chamber ensembles and Latin-Jazz combo (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Evans Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion.
Batuquê Trio blends a myriad of Latin jazz styles, from the folkloric roots of Cuban and Brazilian music to contemporary trends in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz. The term, batuquê, refers to Afro-Brazilian polyrhythmic drumming and dance.
Released in 2015, their debut, album Transparency, showcases the members' exciting original compositions and rhythmically infectious standards. Available at iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon!
To purchase, email Andy. Purchases can be made via Paypal.
2 Maracatu: for Drum-set Duo (2013) 8'
This recital piece combines detailed orchestration and thematic development with sylistic improvisation. It is inspired by the music of Brazilian drummers Edu Ribeiro, Nenê, and Marcio Bahia, and the maracatu nações of Recife Brazil. Provides a challenging lesson in conventions of contemporary maracatu drum-set
$30 plus shipping
Bread & Butter (2013) 3'32
Rowloff Publications. Premiered by the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts percussion quartet. Integrates plastic buckets, brake drums, and mixing bowls with conventional toms, snares, and cymbals. Intended to demonstrate that these "found" percussion items have become so common in contemporary percussion performance that they have become "conventional" themselves. Two primary themes–a three against four polyrhythm, and a bucket drummer backbeat groove–are explored combining accessibility with pointillist aesthetic leanings. Included on Texas and other state recommended ensemble lists. Performed at Midwest Convention in Chicago.
Dedicated to Prof. Lalo Davila commemorating 20 years as Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. A salsa tune for percussion ensemble with instrumental features and optional horn section.
Quartet for Orchestral Tambourine, Riqq, Pandeiro, and R&B tambourine.
self-published $35 plus shipping. To purchase, email Andy. Purchases can be made via Paypal. Store "coming soon."
Brazilian Suite for Tambourines (2013) 3’30’’
Premiered at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, June 21, 2013 by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Percussion Ensemble. A quartet for orchestral tambourines exploring a variety of primarily orchestral techniques through Brazilian rhythms samba, vasi, and baião.
self-published $25. To purchase, email Andy. Purchases can be made via Paypal. Store "coming soon."
Fora da Caixa (2011) 6’ - 8’
Experimental Multi-Percussion Trio. This word-score composition for percussion trio was written for the Caixa Percussion Trio. A framework for collective structured improvisation is provided in the form of texted instructions placed inside graphic boxes. Each of four boxes represent major sections of the work. Additional instructions lay outside of the boxes prompting the performers to undermine the otherwise harmonious instructions within. Thus, on the macro and micro levels, the work encourages the performing ensembleto think “outside the box” - the literal translation of Fora da Caixa.
Jan. 25, Coco Bar, El Paso w/ Allan Rodriguez (Latin-jazz)
Feb. 10, The Professors Jazz Trio, Private Event, MiPiaci, El Paso
Feb. 18, Chris Reyman Trio, Las Cruces, NM, Jazz and Blues Society
Feb. 24, Allan Rodriguez Quartet, Coco Bar, EP, 6:30–9:30 pm
March 3, Univ. of Texas El Paso Flute Day, Performing Smith's Vento No Ritmo and Ewazen's trio for flute, bassoon, and percussion
March 4, Univ. of Texas El Paso, Music of Trinidad and Cuba, featuring UTEP Percussion Ensembles in Collaboration with UTEP Chorale and Trombones.
March 9, Andy Smith Borderland Latin-jazz Project, Park Tavern, El Paso, 6:30–9:30
April 6, Andy Smith Aire Latin-jazz Quintet, Park Tavern, El Paso, 6:30–9:30 Outside on the patio facing San Jacinto Plaza!
April, 22, UTEP Percussion Ensemble, 5 PM, Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
April 28 Allan Rodriguez Quartet, Coco Bar, EP, 6:30–9:30 pm
May 10, Speaking Rock, 6:30 pm
June 16, Pantastics, Private Event