MUSICIAN: Composer, Arranger, Recording Artist, Performer, Educator, Producer
INSTRUMENTS: Piano, Keyboards, World Music (wind~string~percussion), Drums, Electric Bass
PRODUCTION: Studio Owner, Sound Design, Multimedia Content Creator, Studio Musician
STYLES & GENRES: Jazz, World Music (African, Asian, Middle East, Native American, Latin & Afro-Cuban, South American), Holistic Music Healing, Fusion, Funk, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Blues and Boogie, New Age, Gospel, Adult Contemporary, Television/Radio themes, Web & Digital Media, Corporate.
Pianist and native New Yorker Andy Wasserman draws on an astonishingly diverse range of experiences in the music industry. His original compositions, arrangements and instrumental performances on many recordings and soundtracks for TV, Radio and Film productions have appeared on the NBC, CBS and ABC networks, as well as Cable TV stations that include A & E, The Lifetime Network, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, TBS, Nickelodeon, The Turner Network, QVC and The Learning Channel. Internationally, his work has been heard on TV, film and radio produced around the world in countries that include Japan, Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and France.
Wasserman's production studio and Indie record label TransMedia Sound & Music is his main vehicle for production assignments, from in-house scores and digital editing & mastering to multimedia content development. Corporate clients since 1987 have included AT&T, IBM, Panasonic, Mastercard, Sanofi-Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Prentice-Hall, The Mayo Clinic, Castrol Motor Oil, Altered Image, Time-Life Music, Digital Cable Radio, New York Communications and Prime Productions. He was a co-creator of the world music Beat of the Blue Planet interactive CD-ROM, a ground-breaking 1995 disc produced for the music software company Opcode Interactive. Additionally, Andy has been extremely active with work in the field of Holistic Music Healing (the therapeutic modalities of music) in private and public venues since 1974.
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Andy Wasserman has had numerous CDs and digital albums of his recorded compositions, arrangements and performances released over the last 20 years on different labels. Titles include KINDRED SPIRITS, UNIVERSAL BEAT, BEAD SONGS, HOUSE OF THE HEART, ANDY WASSERMAN PLAYS THE BLUES Volumes One and Two, TONAL GRAVITY POEMS Volume One, CONCORD, THE SEVEN VERTICAL SCALES, LUMINOSITY, WALK IN BALANCE, SONIC ARCHITECTURE, PATHWAYS, CHILDHOOD, FLOWERS, PROVIDENCE, INSIDE TRACK, POLESTAR and LOVE-STREAM.
Additionally, his unique and sophisticated thematic solo piano work has been produced on special edition TV/Film Music Library CDs distributed worldwide by both the Pyramid Music Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 1) and the TWI North American Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 2) through licensing with Premier Radio Network.
Wasserman's publishing company Andrew Roy Music has a catalog of 35 of his original compositions that have been recorded and released for worldwide distribution. BMI maintains a catalog of 73 published works with Wasserman as songwriter & composer. Andy entered the digital recording downloads and streaming market in June 2007. His 2020 licensing arrangement through TuneCore and Repost sells and plays his music through Google Play, YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Alibaba, Amazon Music, AMI Entertainment, Anghami, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, iHeartRadio, Claro Música, KKBox, MelonPlus, Napster, NetEase, Pandora Plus, Resso, Saavn, Shazam, Sound Exchange, Tencent,Tidal, TikTok, Twitch, VK, Yandex, MediaNet, Simfy Africa, VerveLife, Gracenote, 7digital, Spinlet, Neurotic Media, Target Music, Claromusica, Zvooq, 8Tracks,Q.sic, Kuack, PlayNetwork, Touchtunes, Music Island, Joox, TimMusic, SoundTrack Your Brand, Zed+ and Gaana.
Wasserman began performing at age 11 as a Hammond B3 organ player for religious services, a New York City Boy Scout Troop marching band snare drummer, a drummer in a Middle School rock band and an orchestral percussionist in High School. He has appeared primarily as a pianist in concerts and clubs since 1971. His original "World Music Experience" multi-cultural productions have been presented as concert performances and teaching workshops in thousands of festivals, schools, colleges and universities, museums and various public and private institutions since 1979. His management representation has included the agencies of Young Audiences, Festival of Music, Hospitals Audiences, Jumpstart, BOCES and Morris Arts.
He has taught master classes as a visiting guest artist at Berklee College of Music, North Texas State University, Delmar College - Corpus Cristi, TX, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Georgia, Jersey City State College, and at the Percussive Arts Society International annual conferences in Nashville (1996) and Los Angeles (1997). He is one of only a few professional music educators certified directly by NEA Jazz Master and MacArthur Fellow George Russell to teach The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of Tonal Gravity. Wasserman's primary aim is to maintain the integrity, authenticity and purity of George Russell's life's work by dedicating the transmission of its invaluable innovation explicitly as Russell and his wife Alice Norbury Russell intended it to be shared - thereby respecting and honoring his monumental legacy for future generations.
Wasserman has spent decades in collaboration with a many different dancers and dance companies, acting as composer and accompanist. He was musical director and/or taught the course from his Book/CD "Music For Dancers" at dance festivals around the US such as The Rhythm Explosion (Boseman, Montana), The New York City "Tap City" and the St. Louis Tap Festival.
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UPDATED NEWS: a recent in-depth interview with Andy Wasserman on his life's work in music appears in JAZZ MONTHLY Magazine. View the interview and link on the home page of Jazz Monthly at this URL: JAZZMONTHLY.COM or go directly to the full article at this page: JAZZMONTHLY.COM/ANDY-WASSERMAN
DECEMBER, 2020 - UPDATED LIVE STREAM CONCERT NEWS: Andy Wasserman began weekly Live Streamed Concerts each Sunday at 7:00pm Eastern Time on June 28, 2020. Click THIS LINK to view current and past concerts.Click THIS LINK to read the article about Andy's 25th consecutive live stream concert milestone with in-depth information about his "Listening Experience" solo piano performance broadcasts. Find out more about the 159 new compositions created during this period AT THIS LINK.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 - UPDATED NEWS: Andy Wasserman's latest album releases of original music for solo piano are now available on BANDCAMP.
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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SUMMARY
- Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
- Studied abroad at University and L'Academie des Musique in Sion, Switzerland.
- Graduate studies in Music Therapy at New York University.
- Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan.
- Mentored through intensive, long-term private study by:
TEACHING BACKGROUND SUMMARY
- Private music teacher and mentor for 40 years; 2020 roster of over 25 students per week via online SKYPE lessons.
- Visiting artist giving master classes at Universities, Colleges and Festivals throughout the United States.
- Presenting master classes, workshops, teacher-training and performing concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 2000 schools, working with K-12 grade students and teachers since 1979.
- Certified Instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization; providing lessons and seminars since 1982.
- Creator of PIANO LESSON CITY, an online private lesson music school specializing in customized and personalized instruction for all ages, all levels and all styles
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MARCH 2021 UPDATE: Two of Andy's latest albums - FLOWERS and THE SEVEN VERTICAL SCALES - were both nominated for Best Solo Piano Album of The Year (2020) in the Jazz category by SoloPiano.com. Here's a Spotify Playlist with all the tracks from both albums:
Inscription to Andy Wasserman by "Beyond Category" Duke Ellington biographer John Edward Hasse, the renowned Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian, frequent Wall Street Journal contributor, Grammy-nominated producer and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: