Biography

Andy Algire is a percussionist, composer and educator specializing in African and jazz music.

In the spring of 2000 Andy moved to New York and began formal study with master balafonist Abou Sylla, from Guinea, West Africa. For the past ten years, he has recorded and performed with Mr. Sylla regularly. He has been a member of the New York based dance company Feraba-African Rhythm Tap since 2002 and performed in Guinea at the Franco-Guinean Cultural Center with this group in December of 2004. He is a member of several New York based groups including the Mandingo Ambassadors, led by former Bembeya Jazz guitarist Mamady Kouyate. Andy performs with Benyoro, Famoro Dioubate's Kakande, keyboardist/composer Azouhouni Adou and others. He has performed with numerous acclaimed recording artists from West Africa, including Sekouba Bambino, Mory Djeli Kouyate, and Oumou Dioubate.

Andy has traveled to Guinea, Mali, Cuba and Europe to study and perform and looks forward to more journeys to West Africa.  He is active as a composer and has received several composition grants from various New York arts foundations. In 2007 Andy was commissioned by Circuit Productions to create the program “Sound Bridges” with funding provided through the New York State Music Fund. Sound Bridges is now a multi-cultural performance group featuring original music and dance choreography. From 2000 to the present Andy has worked with Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap as an accompanist and guest teacher at her annual intensive tap dance workshop. He is a music instructor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and leads two African music ensembles there. He also holds workshops in African music in the New York area and throughout New England. His first recording Crossfusion is a collection of compositions which focuses on the blending of traditional African music and jazz elements.

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