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Andrew Schloss

Seattle, WA   

Composer, performer, researcher Andrew Schloss (Hartford CT 1952) began his musical career as a percussionist in the 1960’s studying with Alexander Lepak and later with Milford Graves. In the early 1970’s, he began performing in New York, originally with Yoshi Wada and Alison Knowles at the Kitchen. Since then, he has focused on electroacoustic and computer music. He is known primarily as a performer, improviser and virtuoso on a new instrument called the radiodrum.


 In the 1970’s he worked as a musician in numerous productions in experimental theatre with many of the most influential and legendary directors of the era: Peter Brook, Andrei Serban, Joseph Chaikin, Elizabeth Swados in the US and Europe. During that time, he toured Europe and North America with acclaimed British director Peter Brook in his legendary production of “The Conference of the Birds.”


He also has a long history of involvement in Cuban music. His first recordings of Cuban music were released on Folkways records in the early 1980’s. In the 1990’s he was the musical director of the acclaimed ¡Afrocubanismo! Festivals at Banff, in which many of Cuba’s top artists participated. As a performer/percussionist, he has recently been collaborating with leading Cuban pianists, experimenting in the area between Afrocuban jazz and electroacoustic music. These experiments began in Paris in the 1980’s at IRCAM, with pianist Jeff Gardner, and have continued with Chucho Valdés, Ernán López-Nussa, and most recently with Hilario Durán in concerts in the US, Canada and Cuba.


He has received numerous awards and fellowships: Fulbright Scholar in France at IRCAM/Centre George Pompidou, collaborative composer’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, research fellowship from the BC Advanced Systems Institute (ASI), creative grant from La fondation Daniel Langlois, two New Media Initiative grants jointly awarded from the Canada Council for the Arts and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), several research grants from SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council), commission from the British Columbia Arts Council, Jack Straw Foundation, among others.


His musical collaborations with David A. Jaffe began in the early 1980’s when they were both members of the research community at CCRMA, Stanford University. He and David were invited to perform at the Centennial celebrations at Stanford, along with Leon Theremin, the creator of one of the earliest and most significant electronic musical instruments. Recendly he been collaborating with Jaffe and sound artist Trimpin using the radiodrum to control one-of-a-kind robotic instruments, ensembles and installations created by Trimpin.


Schloss studied at Bennington College, the University of Washington, and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1985 working at CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). He has taught at Brown University, the University of California at San Diego, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and currently at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Mahadevibot Variations

Live performance at the University of Victoria. Using the radiodrum (a capacitive sensor) to control the Mahadevibot instrument (created by Ajay Kapur).

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8:66 for Trimpin

8:66 for Trimpin, performed at the Open Space Gallery in Victoria, BC by Andrew Schloss, Cathy Lewis and David A. Jaffe

Andrew Schloss, radiodrum
Cathy Fern Lewis, voice
Trimpin’s installation: CanonX+4:33=100

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Underground Economy

Underground Economy, by David A. Jaffe performed by the Durán/Schloss/Mitri Trio. Excerpts from a live performance at Town Hall, Seattle.

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