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Andy is a guitarist with a rock-Instrumental style reminiscent of a Joe Satriani or Orianthi. He is not much of a talker and not a singer either, but one thing's for sure: Andy Altmann speaks with his guitar. And when he speaks, you will shut up and listen.
“After watching and hearing Andy play out live, my faith was restored in knowing there are still musicians out there who take great pride in their sound. Best guitar sound I’ve heard in a very long time."
- Butch Jones, Grammy Award-winning engineer
Andy has a clear vision and a natural gift for development-- of a solo, melody, song, score, idea. His technique and artistry are imbued with a keen sense of the power of music to convey feeling and touch what is universal in us.
Andy is currently finishing up his debut rock-instrumental album to be released in summer 2012, industry pros who know him eagerly await this release. Andy’s 6-Song Promo EP is to wet the appetite and gather reviews. The full album will be a rare gem, consisting of these 6 songs in addition to a fast-ripping blues-rock tune, a gorgeous melodic tune called ‘Realization’ and a cover of Tory Amos' ‘China‘. The finishing touch will be to remaster all these songs so they have a unified sound for the album, followed by extensive touring and PR on all fronts.
Andy Altmann is a 6-string poet on fire, doing nearly everything himself from the first note composed to the last bit mastered out of a studio in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. "These songs are all snapshots of big moments in my life, like leaving home and traveling thousands of miles away to a place where you know nobody and nobody knows you. I don't consciously sit down and think about these things and the impact they had on my life but then all of a sudden I play a melody on my guitar and it expresses everything. It’s an awe-inspiring experience! Without having to even think a word, all those emotions and memories come back from deep inside me."
Born in Brussels, Belgium to German parents, Andy began his musical training in high school and shortly after left with only a guitar and a backpack to Hollywood, California to attend the The Musicians Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT Andy studied with Jazz icons Scott Henderson, Carl Shroeder and Joe Diorio and received the Commercial Student of the Year Award. After MIT Andy entered the BFA Jazz Program at New School University in New York City, from which he graduated with honors. While at New School Andy performed under the direction of Bobby Sanabria and shared the stage with Afro-Cuban Jazz greats, Candido and Ray Vega.
Inspired by his teachers, Reginald Workman (Bassist for John Coltrane) and Robert Sadin (Producer for Sting), Andy formed the Andreas Altmann Quintet. His ambitious debut jazz album, ‘382 Central Park West’, featured his jazz compositions. Kenneth Egbert of JazzNow.com raved about it saying, “…this sounds good, real good…. Frankly, I can’t praise 382 Central Park West enough.”
Among his credits, Andy has recorded and produced with Producer/Engineer, David Seitz (Bruce Springsteen, Black Crowes, Britney Spears) and Ray Martin (Action Reaction, Junior Sanchez), showcasing his skills as a guitarist and writer; collaborated as a lead guitarist for the nationally touring funk/rock band Michelangelo; indie-artist Elaine LaChicka and rock alt country Neil Nathan to name a few. His composition skills showcase astounding range from indie acoustic songs to radio-ready pop-rock to intricate classical and jazz scores, a sample of which can be heard on Jazz-Saxophonist Chico Freeman’s album 'Oh, by the way…'(Double Moon Records), hailed by critics as one of the greats in jazz: "This excellent CD is as focused as it is diverse...the post-bop/Afro-Cuban fusion is especially appealing on […] ‘541’." -Alex Henderson, All Music Guide, June 2002 (Andy has a writing credit for ‘541’)
Reflecting on his debut rock-instrumental album, Andy pauses for a moment and says: "For me, music is really about the power to stir an emotion in the audience and the power to make us feel one with the universe. I think whether you sing or not is secondary, I sing with my guitar. Are you making an impact? That's the question."
Speaking of impact, the reception to his new songs is positively GREAT both online and onstage. His first release ‘Drivin' ‘ seems to especially hit home. "Everybody knows the no-speed-limit German Autobahn, that's where I got the inspiration for ‘Drivin' ‘. It just has that real cool upbeat vibe with a great verse and chorus hooks. I think I nailed the development too. The energy never lets go."
Andy has an epic vision for his live shows as well. "At a live show, the visual stimulation is just as important as the music. I want my audience to be blown away." And it’s certain they will be.
Now that a new era of bold creativity has burst open for Andy, his first major live show as a solo artist is destined to be a sight and sound to behold.
"I've seen Andy on stage many times and he shines EVERY TIME. His guitar playing is always a highlight for me. Nice tone, creative parts and a good look. Dig it!”
-Billy Amendola, Musician & Producer, Associate Editor at Modern Drummer Magazine