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Andrew Geddis is a classically trained guitarist and composer who is carving his niche among the many artists and musicians who call New York home. Born in Manhattan, Mr. Geddis later moved with his family to Montclair, New Jersey, where he grew up and attended public schools. He was intrigued by music and the arts at an early age. Upon graduating from Montclair High School in 1986 he was accepted at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Mr. Geddis later sutdied at Akron University in Ohio, and finished his undergraduate work at Montclair State University.
Mr Geddis' travels took him to India in 1991 (during the 1st Gulf War), where he put down his guitar in favor of exploring Buddhism. While his initial ambition was possibly to become a monk, his love for the guitar compelled him to resume his playing career. He has played in master classes for such renowned artists as Manuel Barrueco, Ricardo Cobo, Ben Verdery and Frank Koonce.
Since his return to the United States, Mr Geddis has appeared as soloist and vocal accompanist throughouit the tri-state area. He was a regularly featured performer at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, and has given guitar recitals on Long Island at the Freeport Memorial Library, the Peninsula Public Library and the Baldwin Public Library. Mr Geddis has played for such dignitaries as former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and the former governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder. As an accompanist, he has played for the internationally renowned basso, Kevin Maynor, in a program of music dedicated to the work of Paul Robeson. It is through these performancers that Mr Geddis esxpresses his Black identity and feels that he is a pioneer of sorts since there are few classical guitarists in the field who are of African-American descent. He has also performed at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouise at Hunter College in New York City and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
As a composer , Mr. Geddis draws from such ancient sources as La Chanson du Roland, Beowulf, Gilgamesh and The Iliad. Concentrating at the present on the composition of songs, he hopes to expand his tonal and stylistic palate to include everything from Big Band to rich choral and symphonic orchestrations.
Mr Geddis feels his best work to date is a piece titled 'Colombina', a serenade by Arlechino to his friend Colombina. The characters are taken from the Comedia dell Arte of 16th century Italy, which was the tradition of minstrels, actors and jugglers who traveled the countryside performing for local crowds in Italy.
The Maynor disc, on which Mr Geddis is a featured performer, is enjoying a very successful and wide distribution. He intends to be seen in the future.
Location: Bronx, New York
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