Duane Andrews launches solo CD
String quartet joins guitar wizard on new album
Between his separate duet recordings with Aaron Collis, Craig Young and Dwayne Côté, his CD as a member of the Swinging Belles, and his tours as part of newly-formed group Fretboard Journey, Duane Andrews has finally gotten around to making a new solo record.
His first since 2008’s “Raindrops,” Andrews launched “Conception Bay” with a show over the weekend in Freshwater (right next door to his hometown of Carbonear), with a followup party at The Ship in St. John’s Nov. 14.
“This one has been brewing for a while,” says Andrews, a seventime East Coast Music Award and eight-time MusicNL Award winner. Alongside original tunes, traditional music and songs from jazz pioneer Django Reinhardt is a pristine accompaniment from a string quartet.
“The Atlantic String Quartet played on ‘Raindrops’ and I started developing that idea, then got to the point where I had a whole album,” Andrews says. “It’s a different approach: jazz is more of a spontaneous jam with lots of improvisation, but what I love about classical music is that it’s very precise.”
Recorded last spring in Toronto, “Conception Bay” features Mark Fewer and Lynn Kuo on violin, Angela Pickett on viola and Amahl Arulanandam on cello.
For the CD launch event, Andrews - who went back to school in September and is working towards a masters degree in instru- mental conducting - will be accompanied by Rhythm Futur string quartet. Over the next few weeks he’ll tour the Maritimes, playing with local quartets in each location, and after Christmas he’ll be doing a series of shows in Quebec and Ontario.
The St. John’s launch will happen at The Ship Nov. 14. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Music and at the door.