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Andy Jurik

School of Music
Instructor of Guitar

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Education
D.M.A. University of South Carolina
M.M. Austin Peay State University
B.M. Ithaca College

Biography
Guitarist, arranger, and educator Dr. Andy Jurik actively explores the intersection of classical and popular music. Recent performances include the ASCAP-award winning Southern Exposure concert series, Brevard College, the Wired Music series, Central Piedmont Community College, the ArtFields Festival, the Southern Guitar Festival, the JASPER Artist of the Year awards, and the Candlelight Concert series at Charleston Unitarian. An active chamber musician, Dr. Jurik performs in Demeler (w/ Rachel Hansbury, voice) and Duo Cortado (w/ Devin Sherman, guitar).

His research areas include the classical/jazz fusion of third stream music, as well as contemporary trends in improvisation. Dr. Jurik has lectured on his research at 2017 Guitar Foundation of America convention, the University of North Carolina Faculty Lecture series, Montreat College, and the University of South Carolina. His arrangements for the guitar in solo and chamber settings include Brazilian choros, Scottish lute tunes, jazz standards, as well as works from the Beatles, Radiohead, and Edith Piaf.

Engaged with commissioning contemporary works, Dr. Jurik has premiered solo, chamber, and electroacoustic works by George Fetner, Christine Burke, Tom Dempster, Kevin Cope, Michael Bies, Trevor Black, Travis Kneisly, and Zack Pentecost. His collaborations with the multi-disciplinary collectives Cica and ebb:flow have resulted in performance blending contemporary music with film, paintings, lighting design, and interactive performer/audience staging.

Dr. Jurik completed his D.M.A. at the University of South Carolina where he twice received the Graduate School Creative Presentation award. He teaches at Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Asheville and acts as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society. His writing on music appears online at Pop Matters and Spectrum Culture.

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