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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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…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


Album Discography

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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