Andrew Kay is a professional saxophonist and woodwind musician from Toronto, Canada. Having started his musical training at a young age, over the past 20 years Andrew has trained and been thoroughly schooled on the Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Saxophones, as well as the Flute, Bb and Bass Clarinets, Piano, and other auxiliary instruments. Andrew received his first Jazz training at the Humber Community Music School under the guidance of Alex Dean, Pat Wheeler, and Kirk MacDonald. While at the Humber Community School Andrew performed at various music festivals across Canada, including the Halifax Jazz Festival and Toronto Jazz Festival, and travelled to The Hague, Holland to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival with Kirk MacDonald in 2004. Continuing on at Humber, Andrew received his formal education in Contemporary Music/ Jazz Performance at the Humber Institute of Advanced Learning, learning under Mark Promane, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat LaBarbera. Over the past 10 years, Andrew has performed all over Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and India in various different ensembles and settings; performing in a wide range of styles including; Modern & Contemporary Jazz, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Funk/R&B, Eastern European, World Music, and Indian Classical Music.
Currently, Andrew is studying Northern Indian Classical music in Kolkata, India, learning under respected vocalist and Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya. Andrew is focusing on the application, development and performance of both vocal and instrumental Raga music on the Alto Saxophone. This study has led Andrew and his brother Jonathan Kay to develop the world’s first non-tempered saxophones specifically designed to perform the subtle shrutis (microtones) of Indian Raga music. Living and learning in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara in Kolkata for the past 3 years has been a key aspect to Andrew’s Raga development.
Through his love and admiration for India’s music and culture, Andrew co-created the Canadian Indo-Jazz group Monsoon; a group dedicated to composing and performing an innovative synthesis of music from the East and the West. Created alongside Monsoon the group, is the organization Monsoon-Music which hosts and organizes the annual Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival, together with the Monsoon-Music Scholarship; a charity dedicated to supporting talented young children in India who are pursuing the study of music.
Having a great enthusiasm to share his musical experience with children, Andrew has also taught many students privately as well as in schools and clinics. While learning and performing around the globe, Andrew has had the great opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest artists, including: Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Kurt Elling, Dave Grusin, Bickram Ghosh, Tejendra Majumdar, Dhruba Ghosh, Subhankar Banerjee, and Rashid Khan.
Andrew was internationally recognized in 2011 by receiving the ‘The Indo-Canadian Shastri Arts Fellowship’ to study Indian Classical music and it’s application to the saxophone under his Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya in Kolkata India for the 2011-2012 school year.
Please visit www.andrewkayjazz.com and www.monsoon-music.com for more information, video, and photos.