Andrew McKenna Lee


The Stone, Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC

Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00pm

$15 ($10 with SONiCPass. CASH ONLY AT DOOR)

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J. S. Bach: "Prelude for Lute in D Minor" & Andrew McKenna Lee: 'Variation' from Five Refractions of a Prelude by Bach (2004)


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Described as “full of imagination and technical expertise,” Andrew McKenna Lee’s music is an integral synthesis of contrasting elements from a variety of styles and influences. A native of Charleston, SC, he began his musical studies on the guitar at age twelve and soon after went on to pursue composition. In recent years, his music has been performed by such ensembles as the Brentano String Quartet; the New Jersey Symphony; American Composers Orchestra; the Swedish percussion ensemble, Kroumata; and the American chamber sextet, eighth blackbird.

As a guitarist, he has studied privately with James Ferla, David Leisner, and Laura Oltman, and has participated in masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Alvaro Pierri, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Recently, he has given solo performances featuring his own compositions for guitar in venues such as New York’s Symphony Space, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Annenberg Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has also collaborated in live performances with other artists, including renowned bassist Mark Dresser, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, the New York based chamber ensemble Janus, and composer Steven Mackey.

Recent and upcoming projects include the release of his debut album, Gravity and Air, on New Amsterdam Records, a Concert Artists Guild commission for harpist Bridget Kibbey—to be premiered at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2009—and an appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing his Five Refractions of a Prelude by Bach and Leo Brouwer’s Sonata as part of its Green Umbrella Series in May of 2010.