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As a Master Class participant, each student has the opportunity to present a piece and learn from our instructor’s expert coaching and advice. Remember to tune your guitar and warm up beforehand, and to attend the Master Class in a well-lit space (light source in front or to the side, not behind you) with a straight-back, armless chair and a music stand (or a second chair) for your music, as well as a WiFi-connected device.
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Guitarist, arranger, and educator Andy Jurik actively explores the intersection of classical and popular music. His first recording, strive, is a multi-genre survey of works from Brazil (Ernesto Nazareth), France (Francis Poulenc), rock (The Beatles, Radiohead), and contemporary worlds (Ivan Trevino, Nicholas Walker). Demeler, his voice/guitar duo featuring vocalist Rachel Hansbury, reimagines Edith Piaf classics, Carter family standards, and timeless Celtic folk songs. Duo Cortado, his long-running duo with guitarist Devin Sherman, actively commissions new works to expand the scope of repertoire for guitar duo.
Andy’s research in classical/jazz fusion and contemporary improvisation results in activity on both the concert stage and the lecture hall. At the 2019 Dublin Guitar Symposium, Andy lectured about improvisation in historical and contemporary contexts. He presented his doctoral research on the classical guitar’s role in classical/jazz fusion of third stream music was presented at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America convention in Fullerton, CA. Recent performances include the ASCAP-award winning Southern Exposure concert series, Brevard College, the Wired Music series, Carnegie Mellon University, the ArtFields Festiva, Presbyterian College, the Southern Guitar Festival, Radford University, and Central Piedmont Community College.
Andy currently teaches at Western Carolina University (music appreciation, music theory, aural skills) and University of North Carolina Asheville (guitar, Astor Piazzolla ensemble, music theory). He earned degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA, 2016), Austin Peay State University (M.M., 2012), and Ithaca College (B.M., 2008). Andy’s previous instructors include Christopher Berg, Stanley Yates, Pablo Cohen, and Steve Brown; masterclass and individual studies include Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can All-Stars), Lorenzo Michelli and Matteo Mela (SoloDuo), Derek Gripper, and Ricardo Cobo.
Andy acts as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society, a collective that sponsors monthly open meetings, concerts, and masterclasses in the Western North Carolina area. His online critical writing for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture has been recognized by the Kronos Quartet, Nonesuch Records, New Amsterdam Records, and Innova Recordings.