Hi Iā€™m Andy.

Iā€™m a percussionist, conductor, professor, and collaborator living in Knoxville, TN.

Below, I share my creative journey as an artist, with a focus on intentionality, technology, and community.

šŸŽ§: New Morse Code's "Simplicity Itself"

I've been a fan of Robert Honstein's music for a while now and have enjoyed working on his pieces Patter and Unwind at various times over the last two years with the University of Tennesse Percussion Ensemble. We performed Unwind in Tampa, FL at the McCormick Marimba Festival using a marimba, vibraphone, and cello pans and it turned out beautifully while also creating a great platform to work on polyrhythms with my undergraduate students. These rhythms combined with the piece's instrumentation flexibility provided our group with many "teachable moments" that semester.

Even better, my pals in New Morse Code, just released their debut album Simplicity Itself on New Focus Records, featuring Robert's two pieces mentioned above, plus music from Tonia Ko, Caroline Shaw, and Paul Kerekes. It's been playing at my desk for over a week now and I'm really enjoying it ā€“ especially the way it so perfectly fades away at the end of the album.. Be sure not to overlook the detailed cover art by Tonia Ko herself as well! The album is available for purchase now.

ListeningAndy Bliss