Photo of Andy Schloss posing with a sign that reads "Sendero Natural Los Helechos"

Andrew Schloss

Andrew Schloss studied at Bennington College, the University of Washington, and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1985 working at CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). He has taught at Brown University, the University of California at San Diego, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and currently at the University of Victoria.

Schloss is a pioneer in new musical instruments, and a virtuoso on a new instrument called the Radiodrum. He has received numerous awards and fellowships: Fulbright Scholar in France at IRCAM/Centre George Pompidou, collaborative composer’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, research fellowship from the BC Advanced Systems Institute (ASI), creative grant from La fondation Daniel Langlois, a New Media Initiative grant jointly awarded from the Canada Council for the Arts and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), Research/Creation Grant from SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council), commission from the British Columbia Arts Council, Jack Straw Foundation, among others. He has been a JUNO Awards judge in the World Music category for several years, was on the advisory board of CIS/R, Canadian Heritage, a judge for the Chalmers Awards, consultant to the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, and other organizations.

At IRCAM in the mid-80’s, Schloss began to explore interactive computer music and improvisation with the Radiodrum, a new instrument that he still pioneers. He has since focused his work on performance and composition with this instrument, using it to explore interactive computer music and improvisation. As a percussionist and computer musician, he has performed with such legendary figures as Tito Puente, Chucho Valdés, and more recently with Rickie Lee Jones and Joe Jackson at the EMP (Experience Music Project) opening concert in Seattle. He was invited to perform at the Centennial celebrations at Stanford University along with Leon Theremin, the creator of one of the earliest and most significant electronic musical instruments. In the 1970’s he toured Europe and North America with acclaimed British director Peter Brook. He performs on the Radiodrum in a duo with jazz pianist/composer Jeff Gardner in Europe and the US, for example in Germany at the ZKM’s Multimediale II Festival. In addition, he frequently collaborates with San Francisco composer David Jaffe on musical projects.

Schloss was featured in concert with Cuban jazz pianist Hilario Durán, in a live national broadcast on CBC radio from the Winnipeg New Music Festival in January, 2001. They later were invited as a trio, with violinist Irene Mitri, to perform at the Interactive Arts Performance Series at New York University. With Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, Schloss and Mitri were featured in the newstage festival at Stanford University in April 2006. In February 2007, they performed in New York again as part of the Electronic Music Foundation concert series. In August 2007, they were selected for inclusion in a new concert series called Jazz: The Second Century by Earshot Jazz in Seattle.

Dr. Schloss is co-founder of Physiosonics, creating auditory displays for anesthesiologists and physicians. He is also co-founder of Fundamento Productions, which has released two classics of Cuban music: Ilú Añá and ¡Afrocubanismo! In 1994 and 1996, he was the artistic director of the internationally acclaimed ¡Afrocubanismo! Festival at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In September 2001, Schloss was co-organizer of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Havana, Cuba. In May 2005, he was the music chair of the NIME conference (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) at UBC in Vancouver.

In 2004 and 2005, Schloss began work in the area of Public Art installations, collaborating with several other artists on major installations: Seattle City Hall (with Nobuho Nagasawa and Dale Stammen), and the Ballard Public Library and the Ballard Neighborhood Services Center (with Dale Stammen and Don Fels). In 2006, the Ballard Public Library won an American Institute of Architects award. His most recent collaboration with Nagasawa and Stammen is currently on exhibit at the Japan Society in New York in a show called Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York; it is an interactive sound and fiber-optic light sculpture called “Bodywaves.”

Artist Support Program 2002