Andrew Lipke & The Azrael String Quartet

Andrew Lipke & The Azrael String Quartet

Fri, November 2, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke is a Philadelphia based, South African born composer and multi- instrumentalist active in many different styles of music. In 1996, Lipke moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in composition at The University of The Arts and has since gone on to become a critically acclaimed and sought after arranger, producer, composer, performer, and educator.
Andrew is driven by a passion to find the common ground between disparate styles of music, and his career reflects this. He has been featured as a composer, arranger, and/or vocalist with such prominent American orchestras as Nashville, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, Indianapolis, Colorado, Columbus, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras.

Lipke has produced dozens of records for local and regional artists, and released six solo albums. In 2010, Andrew formed the Azrael String Quartet to perform music he had written for his album "The Plague" which upon release was named one of “50 best albums of the year” by Philadelphia Weekly. His 2012 work "Siddiqah" was choreographed by The Columbus Dance Theatre for their production "Rock out" which also included several string quartet arrangements of classic rock songs Lipke completed for the Carpe Diem String Quartet. In 2013, Andrew wrote a punk rock score for the internationally released EPIX film "Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story", and in 2014, he had the privilege of completing orchestral arrangements for Blue Note Records artist Amos Lee's sold out show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Red Rocks amphitheater. This concert was subsequently released as "Amos Lee live from Red Rocks with The Colorado Symphony" and prominently features several of Lipke's symphonic arrangements.

In 2014, Andrew was commissioned to write a major work for Curtis Institute of Music's string quartet in residence The Aizuri Quartet. The resulting work, "My Love”, was an adventurous blend of classical and rock music styles, premiered in Philadelphia on November 6, 2014 to an enthusiastic reception.
In 2015, Andrew released his sixth studio record called "Siddhartha". The first in an album cycle based on the Herman Hesse novel of the same name, “Siddhartha” has been praised for its "smartly constructed lyrics and gorgeously orchestrated melodies" (A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia City Paper). The album features collaborations with members of Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and other prominent classical and non-classical musicians from the region. In June 2017 the 2nd installment of the album cycle - “Kamala”- was premiered as a concert piece commissioned by and written for virtuosic vocal ensemble Variant 6 and harpist Elizabeth Steiner.

Passionate about music education, Andrew - through his involvement with the Philadelphia based non-profit LiveConnections - has collaborated with several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other established local and regional musicians creating cross-genre presentations for under-served youth, highlighting the transformative and boundary- crossing nature of music. Through LiveConnections, Lipke was invited to be an artist in residence at Philadelphia's Science and Leadership Academy in connection with the commissioning of Julia Wolfe's 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning composition "Anthracite Fields". Andrew continues to nurture a vibrant and fruitful relationship with LiveConnections and in 2016 he completed a year-long residency at Henry H Houston Elementary school in Philadelphia resulting in the creation of a full-length album of original music A Day In My Life written and performed by the students.

May 2016, Andrew presented an expanded version of his 2011 album "The Plague", reimagined as a full-length oratorio, performed in concert with Choral Arts Philadelphia as part of their popular Bach@7 Cantata Series.

Upon an invitation from esteemed maestro Dirk Brossè, Andrew is currently involved in an ongoing residency with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; creating, curating and hosting an innovative, cross-genre concert series entitled "Intersect".
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348