Andromeda4

Andromeda4

BandAmericanaJazz

Andromeda's music is an eclectic mix of ethnic, folk, jazz and classical music styles. The outcome is classically composed music, with world music/jazz style improvisations, attracting a wide variety of listeners.

Biography

Andromeda4 won the Song - World/Fusion category in the 2006 Independent Music Awards for the song Norwegian Slip. And our tune Coach was also a finalist in the Americana category.

Andromeda4 performs with classical precision and the improvisational spirit of jazz; their original music (composed by Mr. Harlan and Mr. Larrabee) has the flavors of americana, gypsy and tango, among others. The listening experience is friendly, pulling the audience in with lively and evocative tunes and grooves. Their performances move freely between serious art music and playful culture-bending tunes.

Andromeda4's members have performed throughout the world and in some of the most prestigious venues/festivals. The various artists and ensembles with whom they have appeared include: Luciano Pavarotti, Björk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Douglas, Bela Fleck, Dave Holland, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. These and other groups have taken them to the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, the MTV Music Awards, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Place d'Arts in Montreal, and the Sydney Opera House. Andromeda4 themselves have played numerous venues, including world, jazz, folk and rock clubs in New York City and Boston such as the Tribeca Rock Club, Johnny D's and Club Passim. They have also played in concert halls in Europe and the Northeastern United States, as well as at outdoor festivals such as the NEMO Music Festival in Boston, MA. Andromeda4 has organized house concerts in the Boston area since 2001, and in 2003 they were the house band for the run of Snow in June at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

BAND MEMBERS:

Evan Harlan (accordion, composer) has recorded and performed internationally with several jazz and "world music" ensembles including Dave Douglas, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and the Von Trapp Singers. His own quartet, Andromeda,  was the house band for the American Repertory Theater's production of Snow in June in 2003. From 1995-2000, Mr. Harlan's group Excelsior played unorthodox arrangements of 20th century composers' works. Their CD Declassified was featured on WGBH radio's internationally distributed Art of the States, WGBH/BBC's The World, WBUR's The Connection and Here & Now. Mr. Harlan is the recipient of a 2001 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Music Composition; he has scored numerous works for film, dance and theater. In addition he has played on the soundtracks of Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us, and John Sayles' Lone Star. In 2001 he performed in the orchestra with Luciano Pavarotti at the Fleet Center in Boston, and has been featured in Hovanhess' Rubaiyat and Hindemith's Kammermusik 1.

Andrew Blickenderfer (acoustic bass) has performed with a variety of ensembles for CDs, soundtracks, radio, clubs, and concert halls across North America.  His work often explores the crossroads of traditional music from around the world with improvisational, jazz, and classical music forms. In addition to his fine bass work with Andromeda, he plays cello, violin, mandolin, and percussion with the quintet HourGlass. When he and his family are not tripping over the eleven instruments in the house, Mr. Blickenderfer studies tabla and enjoys teaching.

Íma Jonsdottir (violin) has toured the world with pop artist and fellow Icelander Björk; with her she has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the MTV Music Awards and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. She has also toured with bassist/composer Mark Dresser, as well as with the Iceland Symhpony Orchestra which brought her to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Although being classically trained, Íma ventured into the world of ethnic musics and improvisation as a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, and she now enjoys bringing all those worlds together in her own playing style. Ms. Jonsdottir teaches and performs in the Boston area, with groups such as the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andromeda4 and The Know Trio.

Adam Larrabee (banjo, guitar, mandolin, composer) has performed or recorded with many of the greats of pop and jazz including Bruce Hornsby, Dave Holland,  and Larry Goldings.  His credits also include work with classical mandolin virtuoso Evan Marshall and banjo phenomenon  Bela Fleck.  His  jazz duo CD with Dave Zoffer Courage in Closeness: Live in Boston  was voted one of the year's top-ten albums in 2000 by the Tucson Citizen. Mr. Larrabee's enormous stylistic range extends to his composing career, which has included every different ensemble texture from classical chamber music to jazz big band. Mr. Larrabee teaches jazz theory and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Discography


Andromeda4 - 2002

The Reach - 2004

Set List

Andromeda4 has hours of music in its repertoire, mostly original music, and some arrangements of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, as well as arrangements of music by Corigliano, Balkan folk music, and more. Our typical concert consists of two 40 minute sets.

Some of Andromeda's originals are:

Norwegian Slip
Coach
Emily's Crush
Starry Night
Ada's Bridge
New Digs/Hunky Dory
Fresh Squeezed
Coco Eyes
Envy
Slipstream