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  • Andrew Sterman

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    Andrew Sterman

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    Saxophonist/Flutist/Clarinetist, Author, Composer, Educator Andrew Sterman has been a key member of the Philip Glass Ensemble since 1992, touring and recording extensively, while maintaining a very personal presence in the New York music community: (NYTimes: "beautiful, sensitive, and high-energy playing”, Wall Street Journal: “Powerful, standout moment”, National Post Canada: “Searing”, London Observer: “Virtuosic”). He has performed in a wide range of classical and improvised music, with masters including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Rashied Ali, Fred Hersch, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Leonard Cohen, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Bang on a Can, EOS Orchestra, nearly a hundred feature film scores, and dozens of Broadway shows (often featured).  He gave two solo concerts of Improvisations in the main Atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011), and received a composition grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (2010). During the covid lockdown Sterman created a film on commission for the Smithsonian Institute pairing photography from their Buddhist art collection with new filming of the Philip Glass Ensemble, for which he wrote the text, recorded spoken word, paired artwork with repertoire, and interviewed Philip Glass (available on the Smithsonian’s website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6szsRkzIQi8&t=6332s).   Andrew has released three solo CDs of original and improvised music. His CD The Path To Peace was called “A major conceptual work, whose exquisite ebb and flow merits listening by a worldwide audience” (All About Jazz: New York), and “A wonderful and inspiring album” (Philip Glass).  Of his Wet Paint CD: “Questing, devoid of self-indulgence, emotionally flexible…” (Jazz Times), “...emotive lyricism, inventively architected, superb compositional pen…” (Jazz review.com).  Sterman is a practitioner-teacher of qigong, meditation, and diet from the traditions of classical Chinese medicine with more than thirty years training.  He is author of the two volume book, Welcoming Food: Diet as Medicine for the Home Cook and Other Healers (2020, Classical Wellness Press, NYC) and teaches qigong, dietary medicine, and meditation in North America, Europe, Australia, and on internet platforms. Merging his two specialties of music and healing exercises is a key focus. Andrew has been teaching at the New School College of Performing Arts (music and performer’s wellness) since 2019.

    Current Courses

    CoPA Core: Whole Human Artist
    COPA 1047, Spring 2024

    Past Courses

    CoPA Core: Whole Human Artist
    COPA 1047, Fall 2023

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