Andrew Saliba is a guitarist and composer from San Diego, CA. Based in Kalamazoo, he performs throughout Michigan and the surrounding areas. He has performed with and written for WMU's award-winning Gold Company and Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and Miracosta College's Frequency, Jazz Collective, and Jazz Orchestra (MOJO). He is also part of the Downbeat award-winning electronic jazz group Lushh.
Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform with such artists as Chico Pinheiro, Ernie Watts, George Garzone, Brian Bromberg, Fred Wesley, Allen Hinds, Randy Brecker, Deborah Brown, Edward Simon, Billy Hart, Carl Allen, Peter Erskine, and Peter Eldridge.
In addition to awards from Miracosta College and Western Michigan University, Andrew has won several Downbeat awards: four as a member of award-winning groups, and two individually. In 2018, Andrew received a Downbeat Magazine award for the large-ensemble composition “Silent Minority,” following a 2016 Downbeat award as a soloist on Lushh’s “Great Fairy’s Fountain Theme.”
Andrew is currently pursuing graduate studies in Composition and Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University, where he also teaches guitar classes as a graduate assistant. In addition to private composition and guitar lessons, Andrew is on faculty as an instructor at the Jazz and Creative Institute of Kalamazoo.
Waxes and Wanes, Andrew’s debut EP, was released on February 4th, 2019 and has been described as “a creative wellspring of soaring melodies, vibrant harmonies and expert musicianship from start to finish.” (Local Spins). Waxes and Wanes has also been described as “…offer[ing] every listener a way to connect to emotions that make us all human” (Local Spins)
Lushh’s 2017-2018 project, Insight Unsought, was conceptualized and composed by Andrew, who also wrote and compiled poetry for it. The work was a multimedia exploration combining a 10-piece chamber jazz group with electronics, dynamic live projection, and live painting. The work was created with the support of the Kalamazoo Arts Council, and described as “a singular vision with music and changing visual elements wrapped around some careful composed and curated poems to highlight different depictions of dreaming and sleep.” (Local Spins)
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