Meet Andrew York  – by Zach Brehm

Zach is a student from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. He is an intern with ACGS this summer and will return to Potsdam to begin his Masters in Performance in the fall.

Nearly a decade since his last time in Austin, Andrew York returns for an evocative night of music at our brand new venue, GT Austin, on June 22nd. His program will be almost entirely his original compositions, with a brief departure to selections from Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite.

For a preview, check out York’s latest recording Yamour on itunes! The title track is a groove-driven piece with short vocal melodies interwoven throughout.

Closing the first half of the concert is Woven Harmony, in six movements.  York says that, in this piece, he tried to capture a balance between the warp and weft, representing the balance between the inner, structural aspects of weaving and the more apparent beauty from the surface.

Tickets to the event are still available online here – or call 512-300-ACGS.  Don’t miss your chance to secure a seat to see a Grammy award winning artist give the inaugural performance in our new home, GT Austin!

You can also tune in to KUTX 98.9FM on Thursday morning, June 20th at 11, to hear York live in Austin with John Aielli!

Matt Hinsley recently had the chance to talk with Andrew about his recent travels and his newest album:

Matt Hinsley: Have you been playing much this past month?  Where have you been?

Andrew York: I just played a guitar festival in Tampere, Finland.  It’s a great festival run by Tomi Tolvanen.  The sun never really set – semi dark by midnight, but the sky was already light by 2am!  Then I took a ferry across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn, Estonia. Tallin is a beautiful walled medieval town, where another festival is run by Tiit Peterson.  This town if popping and doesn’t sleep, maybe because it is light most of the night.

MH: Tell me about Yamour?  Will be hear some selections on your Austin concert?

AY: Yamour is my latest double CD, and is out on vinyl as well as a double LP.  It’s mainly music I have written in the last few years, much of it is still unpublished.  It’s pretty wide stylistically.  I’ll draw from these selections for my Austin concert, as well as do four movements from the 5th cello suite by J. S. Bach.  For the Bach I’ll tune like a cello and play it as written.

MH: Anything else you’d like to mention?

AY: I’m very happy to come back to Austin!

And we can’t wait to have him!  Here’s a link to Andrew York playing his own composition Albaycín.  Enjoy!