Andrew Noseworthy (he/him) is a Canadian composer, guitarist and arranger whose work focuses on creating a place for unheard musical voices. His music addresses the accepting/rejecting of 'locality', drawing from experiences of isolation within his hometown of Labrador West, the tight-knit arts community of St John's, Newfoundland and the expansive scenes in New York City.
Communal engagements in these vastly different locations has led to Andrew's music being heard in Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Australia. His work has been featured at venues such as Spectrum NYC, Dixon Place (NYC), The Array Space (Toronto) and LSPU Hall (St John's), and premiered at the Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend as well as the St John's International Sound Symposium. Each facet of his work has grown out of close-collaborations between fellow new music advocates, with his music has being premiered by artists such as Andrea Lodge, Bearthoven, Greg Bruce, Miki Sawada, Elizabeth Fleming, The Caution Tape Sound Collective (Toronto) and Din of Shadows (Toronto).
In collaboration with composer/guitarist Aaron Garcia, Andrew is the co-founder of experimental hardcore duo this place is actually the worst and DIY label people | places | records. Created out of a necessity to support an NYC music scene existing in both “new music” and “hardcore/electronic” realms, people | places | records releases music by diverse emerging composers and bands. Each record is disseminated in an engaging format with the intention of connecting creative communities rooted in DIY ethos. In July 2018, this place is actually the worst released their debut full length album on the label. Initially inspired by an ambitious yelp review for a bar, the record overlaps the boundaries between post-punk, parody, contemporary classical composition, vaporwave, and found text sources that reference absurd internet culture.
Other formative relationships include Andrew's creative work with choreographers/dancers and filmmakers Angie Moon, Abraham Texidor and Norberto Collazo; as well as frequent multimedia work with photo-based artist Tanea Hynes. His short film collaboration with Moon, “Sticky Geraniums”, was featured during the 2017 NYC Independent Film Festival; while his work with Texidor and Collazo (of NA2 Dance Theater) has been featured during multiple FUERZAfest Latinx LGBTQ Festivals in their dance extravaganza events.
As an electric guitarist, Andrew actively performs in solo, chamber music and band settings. He primarily performs the music of fellow young composers such as Phong Tran, Shelley Washington, Yaz Lancaster and Nick Norton. His playing has been featured at The Music Gallery (Toronto), Scholes Street Studio (Brooklyn) and 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. Andrew is a longtime collaborator of Toronto-based composer Bekah Simms; who's debut release on the Centrediscs label, impurity chains, prominently features his playing on the title track and the Juno-nominated piece, Granitic. In 2019 Andrew joined Contact Contemporary Music for performances that included Brian Eno's Discreet Music at the Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend, as well as new arrangements of music by Bowie/Eno/Fripp/Budd with Evan Ziporyn at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Intersection in Toronto.
Andrew's composition projects throughout 2019 each further his goals of communal connection and integration. They include a solo saxophone commissioning consortium with emerging saxophonist Samantha Etchegary, new pieces for performers such as Tim Brady's Instruments of Happiness, tubist Tristan Whalen-Hughes, the NYC ensemble Real Loud, and an ongoing chamber opera collaboration with Nunatsiavut Inuk Activist, Artist and Author Delilah Saunders.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters in Music Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. His previous mentors include Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Andrew Staniland and Clark Ross. Andrew is currently a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada; under the tutelage of Paul Frehner and David Myska.
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