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ROOTS welcomes its newest guitar mentor, Andrew Lipow!

Andrew Lipow

Andrew Lipow (guitar) is an accomplished studio guitarist, having recorded and performed with musicians including Ralph Peterson, Kate Taylor, Arlen Roth, Carly Simon, Andy Gonzalez, Don Braden, Mark Pender, Felicia Collins, Albert Rivera and the Curtis Brothers. He has been commissioned to write and perform pieces for film, radio, jazz instrumentalists and small chamber groups.

His music has been performed at Symphony Space in New York City, Loft in the Red Zone, The Litchfield Jazz Festival, the Assen Jazz Festival, as well as numerous small clubs in New York City and abroad. His music can also be heard every week as the theme song to “Take On The Issues,” a political talk show on WVOX 1460 AM in the New York tri-State area.

Andrew was born in New Rochelle, New York, a large and diverse community just north of New York City. He began studying the drums and alto saxophone at the age of 7 and began guitar at the age of 12. Once he discovered guitar, a sudden transformation took place and Andrew knew he would be a musician for life. After teaching himself for a few years, he took lessons with guitarists Ken Wessel, Paul Bollenback and Dave Stryker.

Andrew is most passionate about working with artists and musicians who are deeply connected to their original music. “I want to help artists realize the full potential of their music.” Likewise, Andrew’s passion for teaching comes from the belief that he can influence a person’s life for the better by sharing his musical ability and what he’s learned from his experiences. “The student who will best excel with me as their teacher is one who is open minded to learning different types of music,” Andrew says. “I am best at solving questions about music theory.  My ideal student says I am fun to learn with.”

Andrew holds a B.A. in music from Vassar College, where he studied classical guitar. He also holds an M.M. in Studio Composition from the Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he studied film scoring. He recently taught an intensive undergraduate course on Logic Pro software and MIDI Orchestration at the Purchase C.O.M.

Andrew spends his summers teaching music at the Litchfield Jazz Camp as well as numerous Fresh Air Fund Camps in New York. He lives in Nashville, where his favorite local spot is the coffee shop in his neighborhood where he enjoys working on web development projects.

Q&A with Andrew

1. Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world is Buenos Aires, Argentina

2. Tell us something about you that we don’t know.
I love snowboarding.

3. Coffee order?
just a little cream

4. The last thing that made you laugh out loud.
Talking with my friends and brother always makes me laugh out loud.

5. What type of music do you listen to? 
I listen to rock, jazz, country, classical, hip-hop, R&B and Latin music.

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