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  • Andy Wasserman's new Live Stream Concert Series begins June 28, 2020 +

    On June 28, 2020 at 7:00pm, Andy Wasserman invites you to join his for his first broadcast of his weekly livestreaming concert series entitled "The Listening Experience" featuring live performances of his solo piano improvisations, compositions, Jazz and Standards repertoire on his marvelous 1924 Steinway Model "M" grand piano. Viewers will be able to enjoy each broadcast in HD video and CD quality sound. Tune into the livestream by clicking THIS LINK (Andy's Live Stream Concerts page) each and every Sunday evening at 7:00pm Eastern Time. The LIve Stream is free-of-charge. No log in or registration required. Simply listen, watch and enjoy! A "Virtual Tip Jar" will be made available on this page for viewers to make a donation of any amount if they wish to financially contribute to Andy Wasserman's ongoing musical artistry and help cover the expenses involved in producing these weekly livestream events for your listening pleasure Read More
  • New I-Harmonize-U video collaboration of Andy Wasserman and Chris Bandy +

    Vocalist and vocal arranger Chris Bandy released a new music video on June 15, 2020 collaborating with Musical Artist Andy Wasserman in the "I-Harm-U" format made famous by Jacob Collier. "I-Harm-U" is short for "I Harmonize You." The video opens with Wasserman's solo Native American Flute, followed by a spectacular original multi-track vocal arrangement of numerous overdubs composed and performed by Chris Bandy - who also completed the entire video editing production. Andy Wasserman created a video of a solo performance using his traditional Native American Flute. This very special flute was made for him by Russ Wolf, a member of the International Native American Flute Association and co-founder of the North American Plains Flute Society. This flute is in the key of F Sharp minor. Andy is playing the main theme song from his original film-score composition entitled "Story Water" which was originally released in 2007 on his "Bead Songs" Read More
  • The AW.com Community +

    Musical Artist Andy Wasserman and Webmaster Extraordinaire Patrick Doyle have added a valuable new section to this website entitled "Community," created exclusively for the students of Andy Wasserman's private online music lessons. This is a "by invitation only" membership in our proprietary social media platform which is built directly into this website. This will allow all of Andy Wasserman's online music students to have a virtual school-without-walls to interact, meet each other, share posts of their music, videos, sheet music, photos, concerts, audio files, etc. and join Community Groups with other students who share their special interests. Once registered and approved as a member of the Community here on AndyWasserman.com, participants can join special interest groups based on their coursework with Andy and their own musical endeavors. Some of the groups that are planned for the near future include: Piano Technique Piano Repertoire Music Theory Jazz Piano Classical Piano: Chopin Read More
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New I-Harmonize-U video collaboration of Andy Wasserman and Chris Bandy

Vocalist and vocal arranger Chris Bandy released a new music video on June 15, 2020 collaborating with Musical Artist Andy Wasserman in the "I-Harm-U" format made famous by Jacob Collier. "I-Harm-U" is short for "I Harmonize You." The video opens with Wasserman's solo Native American Flute, followed by a spectacular original multi-track vocal arrangement of numerous overdubs composed and performed by Chris Bandy - who also completed the entire video editing production.

Andy Wasserman created a video of a solo performance using his traditional Native American Flute. This very special flute was made for him by Russ Wolf, a member of the International Native American Flute Association and co-founder of the North American Plains Flute Society. This flute is in the key of F Sharp minor. Andy is playing the main theme song from his original film-score composition entitled "Story Water" which was originally released in 2007 on his "Bead Songs" CD.

Chris Bandy then composed and arranged the vocal arrangement and proceeded to overdub all the parts (nearly 3,000 audio takes and 40 video takes!) incorporating advanced vocal techniques.

Here's what Chris wrote to Andy during production about his process:

"I definitely wanted to delve more into the high-speed vocal runs, and I felt that the embellishments of the flute really made this a good place to do it. You may have noticed that the beginning and ending are a quarter-tone below the middle section with the flute, which creates a “pitch-arc” that the flute part rises into and falls out of. In addition, I found a quick way to push the key center from F# to B while “keeping" the F# drone that you established: G#m, F#/A#, Bm, Bm/D, C#m, B/D#, E, B/F#, G, C, F#7. To me, the introduction of the C#m, combined with the downward slide, puts the end of the arrangement in a darker mood."

Here is the video as posted on Chris Bandy's YouTube channel:

 

Chris Bandy wrote this in the video's description:

"An I-Harm-U, melody by Andy Wasserman, harmony by Chris Bandy. This was a unique pleasure to harmonize. Almost 3,000 audio takes and 40 video takes. A huge thanks to Andy for sending in this beautiful melody, and to @Jacob Collier for the continued inspiration. I hope you enjoy!"

To see the video on Chris Bandy's channel, click the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23ZtKz0R8Hs

 
Upon seeing the finished project, Andy was overwhelmed with emotion and wrote this to Chris in an email message:

Chris,
I'm speechless,
moved with overflowing joy,
filled to the brim with admiration for you, Chris -
in your sincere dedication to excellence and integrity
grateful beyond belief for this "surround-sound" I hear with your voice(s) within/without the flute.
This video's artistic expression is the definition of what the heart of "musiciality" is all about.
Thanks and praise to God for the talent He loans to us to make His joyful resonance,
appreciative for the opportunity to have a collaboration in this way with you
Bravo (standing ovation)
Yours in Unity,
Andy Wasserman

Learn more about this rising star Chris Bandy. You're going to be hearing a lot more about him.

Visit Chris Bandy's channel and websites at these links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9mFq_mhS3od4q10GfIDRdA
https://chrisbandyjazz.wixsite.com/mysite/music
https://chrisbandyjazz.wixsite.com/mysite
https://www.patreon.com/chrisbandy

Chris Bandy's Biography

Chris Bandy is a pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer, transcriber, engraver, teacher, and person. He has experience performing in solo, duo, combo, chamber, a cappella, choral, and big band settings. Chris is comfortable with a wide range of styles, including jazz, funk, pop, classical, contemporary worship, and hymns. He also frequently writes vocal multitrack arrangements, and composes music in jazz and contemporary classical styles. He is a regular content creator on YouTube, having garnered over 27,000 subscribers and over 8 million views. Chris has performed with artists such as Chris Potter, Sean Jones, and Sim Flora. He has performed in Greece, Peru, Washington D.C., as well as at least 7 states in the U.S.

Chris holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Baylor University (Summa Cum Laude), and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Music Composition from University of North Texas.

In March 2015, Chris released a techno music album, featuring twelve original compositions. In July 2016, he released a jazz vocal album, featuring eight unique arrangements and two original compositions. In April 2019, he released seven high-quality recordings of original compositions for jazz piano trio. In August 2019, he completed a five-minute sophisticated a cappella arrangement of the tune "Where is Love." In November 2019, he completed a 40-minute work for chamber quartet.

Chris has worked a variety of jobs, including music theory tutor, private classical and jazz piano instructor, class instructor on digital music production, designated transcriber, freelance arranger, freelance recording vocalist, pianist (classical, jazz, traditional worship, and contemporary worship), and live musician at upscale restaurants. Chris has worked extensively as a transcriber, notating dozens of popular songs and piano solos by ear with precision and high-quality engraving.

Chris is available as a private or class instructor jazz piano, classical theory, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, and a cappella arranging. He can also teach the basics of music technology, recording, mixing, music production, and YouTube channel creation and management. He is familiar with professional programs such as Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, and Finale, having used all of them consistently for multiple years.


LINKS TO OTHER PAGES ON AW.COM

https://andywasserman.com/videos/native-american-compositions
https://andywasserman.com/about
https://andywasserman.com/arts-in-ed/world-music-experience
https://andywasserman.com/listen/recordings
https://andywasserman.com/videos
https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons
https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons/realtime-online-lessons

POST-SCRIPT ----  Andy's flute piece entitled "Story Water" was originally inspired by the following poem:

STORY WATER

A story is like the water
you heat for your bath

It takes messages of warmth between the fire
and your skin. It lets them meet
and it cleans you!

Very few can sit down
in the middle of the fire itself.
We need intermediaries.

A feeling of fullness comes to our stomach,
but usually it takes some bread to bring it.

Beauty surrounds us,
but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.

The body itself is a screen
to shield and partially reveal
the Light that's blazing
inside your presence.

Water, stories, the body...
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and yet show what's hidden

Study them,
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret
we sometimes know,
and sometimes we know not.

 

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