Andrew Veivers

Andrew Veivers

 Coolum Beach, Queensland, AUS
BandWorldAdult Contemporary

Over the past twenty years Andrew Veivers has established himself as a musician, teacher, director and composer of the highest calibre - touring, recording, composing, and arranging extensively for solo projects, his groups Flamenco Fire and The Saruzu Quartet as well as for great Australian artistic institutions such as The Sydney Theatre Company and Woodford Folk Festival.One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensu

Biography

One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises.

From the beginning, Andrew combined the traditional study of flamenco with the formal training of the classical guitar. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1993 from the University of Queensland (St. Lucia) Andrew spent 3 years studying, teaching and performing in London, Madrid and Amsterdam.

At venues ranging from Blenheim Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in Amsterdam to concerts at many of Australia's leading festivals, Andrew has appeared as a soloist as well as with his various groups (Flamenco Fire, The Saruzu Quartet, Jaleos Flamenco) to great critical acclaim.

This guy can really play….Andrew Veivers must eat gypsy hearts for breakfast. (Lulo Reinhardt)

Andrew Veivers is an Australian with a flamenco soul. (Olivia Stewart, Courier Mail)

Alongside his performance schedule Andrew has continued his dedication to the teaching of the Spanish Guitar. After being on the teaching staff for many years at the Classical Guitar School in Brisbane and The Spanish Guitar Centre in London, Andrew opened The Spanish Guitar Studio in Brisbane in 1997. Andrew launched his teaching manual and DVD – The Rhythm Method: An Introduction to Flamenco Guitar in December 2010 at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Andrew’s solo debut recording – Jaleos – was awarded Best Album (Folk, Ethnic and Other) at the Queensland Recording Association’s Sunnie Awards. In 2006, one of Andrew’s compositions – Guarijas - was a finalist in the Queensland Song Awards World and Folk category. Andrew’s current ensembles include Australia's only national flamenco touring company - Flamenco Fire and flamenco-tango-jazz band – The Saruzu Quartet. Andrew has also been a special guest guitarist in the Doch Gypsy Orchestra since 2002.

Andrew created the Flamenco Fire concept in 1999 and has continued to focus on the creative development of the production since its inception. Andrew’s vision for Flamenco Fire has been instrumental in the creative growth of the production. With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Flamenco Fire’s 2010 production – Al-Andaluz – was his first commissioned work.

Andrew's recent commissioned compositional credits include - 'Al-Andaluz' (Flamenco Fire 2010), a new translation of Garcia Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' (Sydney Theatre Company 2011), major orchestral works for the Woodford Folk Festival (2001/12 & 2012/13), Gypsy Pathways' (Flamenco Fire 2012) and the Floating Land Festival (2013).

In 2011/12, Andrew relaunched his solo performance career with an extensive tour of the east coast, regional NSW and Tasmania. In 2012, Andrew toured regional and remote Queensland with the support of the Arts Queensland Flexible Touring Program. In 2012, he also played a major role in the Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery performing extensively both as a soloist and with his production Flamenco Fire for all major public events associated with the exhibition as well as presenting an author talk as part of the Prado Up Late program.

Discography

2013 Andrew Veivers - solo project currently being recorded at Bloodwood Studios
2013 The Fire Event - Woodford Folk Festival (features Andrew's compositions and arragments performed solo and by the People's Orchestra)
2008 The Saruzu Quartet - Saruzu
2008 Flamenco Fire - Sol de Otono
2006 Doch Gypsy Orchestra - Bride in a Red Dress
2005 Flamenco Fire - Live at The Judy
2005 Sars – Segundo
2004 Doch Gypsy Orchestra – live at the Brisbane Powerhouse
2004 Flamenco-Indo-Jazz – live at the Judith Wright Centre
2003 Best Album (Folk, Ethnic & Other) at Queensland Recording Association’s Sunnie Awards for his solo recording - Jaleos
2003 Andrew Veivers (solo recording) – Jaleos
2003 Jazz Queensland (compilation) – Merlo Coffee Classics
2002 Sars (jazz/tango/flamenco ensemble) – Some Sort of Rhythm
1998 One Straw (world music ensemble) – Psuedognome