Andy Smith Percussion Trio Commission

asmithWe are excited to announce our our commissioning project with percussionist and composer Andy Smith was FULLY FUNDED via KickStarter. We can’t thank our donors enough, and are thrilled to share our new piece “Tendencies” with you all soon! You can read details regarding the project below.

10-can percussion first met Mr. Smith 8 years ago when we were students at Mars Hill University where he was a frequent clinician primarily exposing students to Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.  Smith’s skill and depth of knowledge made a lasting impression upon us. As a result of Smith’s inspiring passion for this music, 10-can has decided to commission our long time mentor and friend to compose a piece that combines his unique expertise of Brazilian music with our intrepid commitment to playing new chamber music for percussion. His experience with contemporary percussion ensemble combined with African-diasporic music makes him uniquely qualified to compose this piece for us.


Composer’s description

To be completed summer 2015, my addition to the 10-can percussion repertory will be a contemporary multi-percussion trio with Afro-Brazilian underpinnings. African-derived Brazilian rhythm will provide the basis for a portion of the rhythmic content and phrase development in this original chamber music work. An array of sound possibilities will be expored from a relatively spare instrumentation. As ingenuity is a staple of the chamber percussion Art, the performers will be asked to custom-build three small accessory instruments, one per player. There may even be a can in there somewhere.

About Andy

Musician, Educator, and Composer, Andy Smith is recognized internationally, having enjoyed a diverse career for over two decades. His most recent projects include CD recordings, Finally Here with Angel Roman and Mambo Blue, and Transparency featuring Latin Jazz group Batuquê Trio ( Andy’s recent compositions include: Vento no Ritmo (Wind in Rhythm) for flute trio with leg rattles commissioned by Deanna Hahn-Little; Two Maracatu for Drum-set Duo¬ (a popular youtube video features Andy with drummer Marcus Finnie); and Brazilian Suite for Tambourines, premiered at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 2015 will include new works for 10-can Percussion and Caixa Trio. Andy currently lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife Amy Smith (Caixa Trio) and their children. Andy earned a Doctor of Music there at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and continues to serve as assistant director to Michael Spiro’s Indiana University Bateria. He has traveled to Ghana West Africa and the Caribbean to be immersed in African diasporic rhythm. In 2012, Andy was awarded a Tinker Foundation grant to study contemporary Brazilian Jazz drumming in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Andy is published by Row-Loff Publications. Additionally, Andy self-publishes his works for solo percussion with electronics, percussion and other chamber ensembles and Latin-Jazz combo ( He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Evans drumheads and Innovative Percussion.

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