“Five Minutes With” Musician and Composer, Curtis Andrews

Curtis Andrews is a Canadian musician, percussionist, composer and teacher. He specializes in global persuasions, South Indian percussion, West African drum/dance, drumset, and mbira. His many years of experience, travel, and knowledge of global persuasions influence his music. And this music has taken Curtis to Ghana, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe to study and play.

His ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews, has released two original albums. He plays mbira, drums and marimba with Zimbabwean groups Zhambai Trio and Zimbamoto, he explores South Indian classical Carnatic music with vocalist Vidyasagar Vankayala, collaborates with local Bharatanatyam performers as well as other world music and jazz musicians in the city.

Curtis is also the founder of the Time Will Tell Arts Society (TWTAS), a registered not-for-profit performing arts society dedicated to promoting multicultural artistic expression from traditional and neo-traditional sources.

Since 2013, the Society has supported and produced concerts, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and collaborations with other artists and organizations, locally and internationally. TWTAS events feature a broad cross-section of artists, cultures, ensembles and interests.

Curtis holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and is currently an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022).

Curtis Andrews
Photo by: Ruby Singh

Name:

Curtis Andrews

Genre:

World Music/Intercultural Music

Founded:

I was born in 1977 😉

# of Albums:

2 solo albums

Latest Album:

Speaking Hands

Latest Single:

30 for -32 in 25

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Bob Marley

Favourite musician now:

Bob Marley

Guilty pleasure song:

“I Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue”

Live show ritual:

Alcohol

Favourite local musician:

Kurai Mubaiwa

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

Road or studio?

Short Road

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Website

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Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

Toss-up between Harambe and Peaceful Restaurant

Favourite street in your city:

Commercial Drive, still has some soul

Favourite park in your city:

Trout Lake (John Hendry), great trees

Favourite music venue in your city:

Guilt and Company, prioritize music and treat musicians well

Favourite music store in your city:

Rufus Drums