Andy has performed for hundreds of schools around the world, the Vancouver Children's Festival, Vancouver Folkfest, a Raffi album, and 3 CBC documentaries. With 40 year's experience studying music from various cultures (including a sitar scholarship to India), he has performed with African and Indian ensembles, and the Children's Landfill Harmonic Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. With Delhi2Dublin, he toured the world, performing for the prime minister, British royal family, BBC, and MTV India. Andy also performed in China's Forbidden City and the Early Learning Center in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to the sheer delight of the children and teachers!
We invited Andy to come perform for a grade 7/8 assembly, with some grade 9's in attendance. From Start to finish, Andy had the students riveted and engaged. After the show, students and staff alike were brimming with enthusiasm for his performance! Students said they thought his show was great fun and that they were inspired to try making their own creative inventions. We would have Andy perform for our school again and recommend his performance for other teachers interested in a cross-curricular assembly that gets kids pumped! Robin Kirk, principal, Don Ross Middle School
What Andy brought was truly amazing! His ingenuity, talent, passion and creativity sparkled, and the audience was mesmerized. Through the music, it was demonstrated that with hard work, confidence and abundant imagination, truly amazing things can be accomplished. His engaging, playful and friendly attitude was delightful. The children absolutely loved being able to try his instruments! Both the students and the teachers who were present were all blown away, and we were talking about the performance for several days after. I would love to have him back for another performance. He is fantastic! Katherine Fawcett, Music Teacher, Whistler Waldorf School
Kids were "mesmerized" by the instruments and one staff member reported a parent saying "he was the best performer she'd ever seen!" .. staff unanimously said they would love to host Andy the Musical Scientist again. I would highly recommend Andrew to other organizations. Christine Conroy, Events Specialist Fraser Valley Regional Library Administrative Centre
See a preview of Andy's show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 500 (Can be divided in to multiple smaller groups if mandated by covid restrictions)
Tech Requirements: a large table , 2 chairs with no arms, and access to electricity. For multiple performances I prefer to be able to leave my equipment set up between sets.
Fee Range: $740-$940 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Music can generate interest in science, just as science can inspire new approaches to music. Andy (formerly of Delhi 2 Dublin) combines both to inspire children to think outside the box. He enthralls the audience with his amazing homemade inventions, (Musical hockey stick, Lego theremin, Musical skateboard) made from random reusable household items! Inspired by instruments he witnessed children making while traveling in Africa, they invoke a sense of wonder and curiosity in other cultures. Using humor and hilarious persona he demonstrates technology in music, scientific principles of sound, and recycling in action. Sharing anecdotes of touring the world he inspires children to follow their dreams. Volunteers experience looping, beatboxing, theremin and transform a spoon in to a guitar! A wonderful testament to creative thinking, through which breakthroughs can be made in music, science, environmental stewardship, and all aspects of life! Audience capacity can be divided in to multiple smaller shows if social distancing guidelines still in place with up to 3 consecutive shows per school.
Grade Suitability: K-6
Duration: 45 mins
Tech Requirements: optional raw materials if students wish to follow my example: (small boxes, rubber bands, lego, bottle caps, tape, etc) or they can creatively explore with their own choice of materials
For this presentation, Andy showcases some very simple instruments fabricated from disposable household items. Easy for children to comprehend, they provide inspirational catalysts for aspiring musicians/inventors to explore creatively coming up with their own classroom inventions. Music is everywhere! Curiosity, critical thinking and active imagination can unlock hidden musical potential within our own surroundings. Inspired after witnessing environmentally conscious African village children making instruments out of discarded recyclable items, Andy saw how "thinking outside the box", combined with scientific curiosity, brings truly wonderful results! He now clearly demonstrates, with step-by-step logical analysis, how to easily transform items such as pizza boxes, bottlecaps, and beans in to amazing instruments! Extrapolating from these inspiring examples, students can then work together, experimenting to create their own inventions! *This unique hybrid presentation has elements of both a performance and a workshop -- intended standalone or as an excellent accompaniment to the Musical Scientist show*