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Andrew Drury

I am a drummer, composer, improviser, and educator. My work is animated by a lifelong fascination with rhythm, space, and a drum-based sensibility for melody and energy.

I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, Robert O'Meally, and the writer Annie Dillard when I was at Wesleyan University in the 1980s. In those years I played with a diverse assortment of musicians including Brad Mehldau, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Thomas Chapin, Joe Fonda, Mario Pavone, Wes Brown, David Bindman, Dicky Wells, Chris Lightcap, Matt Moran, Paul Flaherty, Michael Attias, Anthony Braxton, Jackie McLean, and Wadada Leo Smith.

I also work in genres and formats that fall outside what's typically considered jazz. My Earth Solos are an ongoing series (initially inspired by Robert Smithson's Six Mirror Displacements) of outdoor, site-specific drum set improvisations performed and photographed in desert, mountain, and industrial settings in the western US. I make electro-acoustic sound collages using field recordings and percussion samples—these have accompanied dances by Heather Kravas and Sheri Cohen at DTW, Oberlin College, and Seattle. I've also done street theater in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico, among other things.

As a freelance educator I have led nearly 1,000 junk percussion workshops and residencies in the US and Central America, in prisons, schools, theaters, Indian reservations, museums, and elsewhere. For six months in 2000 I was 'Millennium Project' Artist-in-Residence with the Oneida Nation on their reservation in Wisconsin. I was a roster artist-in-residence with the Washington State Arts Commission for four years, and since 2002 I have taught composition in the NYC public schools via the Manhattan New Music Project, Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, and others.

Recent projects as a leader:

—Performing as a soloist using floor tom and various objects

—Content Provider a horn + drums quartet with Peter Evans, Briggan Krauss, Chris Speed.

—KJOSA featuring Kyoko Kitamura (vocal/laptop), Jane Rigler (flutes/laptop), Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola), Oscar Noriega (clarinet/bass clarinet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), and myself.

Other recent bands & projects:

—Jason Kao Hwang's EDGE—JKH (violin/viola/composer), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn), Ken Filiano (bass).

—Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge— JKH (violin/viola/composer), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Ken Filiano (bass), me (drums), Steve Swell (trombone), Joseph Daley (tuba), Sun Li (pipa), Wang Guo-wei (erhu).

—Jason Kao Hwang's Spontaneous River—a 35+ member string orchestra with drum set.

—TOTEM> Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar), Tom Blancarte (bass), me (drums)

—IRON DOG Sarah Bernstein (violin/electronics), Stuart Popejoy (bass/electronics), me (drums)

—10^32K, a trio with Kuumba Frank Lacy (tbn/flugelhorn), Kevin Ray (bass), me (drums). J.D. Parran and Elliott Sharp play with us too.

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Album Review

In Real Time: Blue Shift

Read "Blue Shift" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Blueshift is a term employed by astronomers to describe an object that is moving toward another object or toward us. It is determined by measuring tiny shifts in the wavelengths of light coming from said object(s). This movement is not detectable by the naked eye but Blue Shift, the first adventure by the In Real Time trio of pianist Carol Liebowitz, bassist Adam Lane, and drummer Andrew Drury sure as hell make it heard. Collectively the New York ...

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Jason Kao Hwang: Human Rites Trio

Read "Human Rites Trio" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Chattering dances. That's the first image that springs to mind when encountering Human Rites Trio, the fascinating new music from prolific violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang and his rhythmic, shapeshifting compatriots, drummer Andrew Drury and bassist Ken Filiano. Building on a freneticism all their own, the opening two-part suite “Words Asleep Spoken Awake" is a hyper-active, many headed hydra of spontaneous interplay. Counterpoint groove and muscle memory all come into play with Hwang's sound moving from mournful strains to ...

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Jason Kao Hwang: Human Rites Trio

Read "Human Rites Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Observance is at the heart of violinist Jason Kao Hwang's work, and no two musicians respect and fulfill the promise in his ritualistic art to the degree of bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Andrew Drury. The relationship between these three has traversed time and space(s), manifesting in a sea of strings for Symphony of Souls (Mulatta Records, 2011), playing to poetic notions on Lifelines (Innova Recordings, 2015), taking on a horn and harmonist in Sing House (Euonymus Records, 2017) and ...

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A provocative pair of releases from drummer Andrew Drury: Content Provider and The Drum

Read "A provocative pair of releases from drummer Andrew Drury: Content Provider and The Drum" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is no doubt that Andrew Drury is one of most innovative and bold drummers on the modern music scene. Over a career spanning two decades he has pushed the boundaries of his kit and has also emerged as an adventurous improviser and composer. With two provocative releases on Soup and Sound label Drury exhibits the breadth and depth of his superb artistry. Andrew Drury Content Provider Soup And Sound Recordings 2015

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Andrew Drury: Content Provider

Read "Content Provider" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On the wittily-titled Content Provider, Seattle-born, NYC- based drummer and composer Andrew Drury leads a remarkable band consisting of saxophonists Briggan Krauss (best-known for his work with Sex Mob) and Ingrid Laubrock, and gonzo electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Despite lacking a bassist (Seabrook provides some bass- line like figures here and there) it's a small band with a very big sound. A student of the late Ed Blackwell, Drury is best known for his work as a ...

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Andrew Drury: Content Provider

Read "Content Provider" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based jazz and avant-garde drummer, Andrew Drury largely performs with the crème de la crème of likeminded artistes, and has assembled one heck of a band for his latest solo venture. Drury is firmly embedded in the global improvising scene and has performed with a who's who of current jazz and improv pioneers. In-between duties as an A-list drummer in the US and abroad, he puts his composer hat on, and is someone you can often count on to ...


Andrew Drury: The Cool Thing About Improvisation

Read "Andrew Drury:  The Cool Thing About Improvisation" reviewed by Jason West

A few months ago I went back to Suquamish Elementary. Located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, I hadn't been back since I was a student there 30-plus years ago. Nixon was president then. His black and white portrait photo greeted students at the main entrance. I'd look up at his face and zero in on that Pinocchio nose. Some kid had thrown a glob of putty smack in the center of the photo, on the tip of Tricky Dick's ...

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…the massively unheralded drummer Andrew Drury continually proves his touch with each stroke. Jay Collins, Cadence

“(an) outstanding jazz and experimental percussionist…” Timeout NY

… extremely imaginative… …expansive and intimate…something to place alongside … Burkhard Beins, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Le Quan Ninh. Jason Bivins, Signal to Noise

Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I studied with Ed Blackwell for years, and took one lesson with Alan Dawson. My teaching reflects my learning through these two masters, plus my own experiences. I teach private students in New York City and as I travel. Contact me for details.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Clinics are aimed at students and music teachers. I have presented workshops across the U.S. and in Europe and Central America on the following subjects: Junk Percussion workshop Improvisation workshop Small Ensemble workshop Extended Techniques for Drummers Engaging Students through Drumming—for Artists & Teachers Junk Percussion & the Classroom—for school music teachers



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Blue Shift

Line Art Records


Human Rites Trio

True Sound Recordings


Content Provider

Soup And Sound Recordings


Bszent Hun

Soul Note


A Momentary Lapse

Innova Recordings




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