Lecturer in Film Production
Institute of the Arts
Selected by Louis Vuitton to open the 2015 Paris fashion show at the Louis Vuitton institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPGaC4C9oHU Andy Garbi’s cutting edge vocal, composition and audio-visual work have gained the support of leaders in all fields of the creative arts. He has worked with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, musicians from the CBSO and as singer with cult bands Suns of Arqa, Headhunters and Celtarabia has also appeared on the same bill as The Prodigy, Roni Size, Transglobal Underground, Square Pusher, Jah Wobble and Massive Attack. Andy has also headlined major stages at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, The Big Green Gathering, Windows on The World, Ely Folk Festival and the Trans Musicale, Europe’s biggest world music festival. His audiovisual work has previously been exhibited at Channel 4 Rolling Stock festival, Capsule festival and was featured on the Channel 4 website 4Talent. Recent works include a commissioned audiovisual installation for the inauguration of a brand new museum in the heart of Birmingham. http://www.andygarbi.com/shadows-dust/
A graduate of music and fine art, Andy has been awarded a double distinction, the Masters Prize and the Postgraduate Prize by Birmingham Conservatoire, the Channel 4 Ideasfactory film music prize, the PRS ATOM award for advances towards original music and letters of commendation from Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Netherlands Embassy for his international work. Subsequent to the success at the Royal Opera House Festival of Firsts for his collaboration with playwright Chris O’Connell, his work was selected to represent the UK for the Brits off Broadway festival, New York. These plus other international successes such as working with Tibetan refugee musicians in India and making sound diaries of ancient Himalayan trade routes up to 15,000ft led to Andy being short-listed for the post of Director of Music with the British Council.
His unfettered approach in bringing together different musical elements has contributed to the development of a unique haunting, filmic style that has been featured on BBC R3 Late Junction, Classic fm, Chill fm and RTE Lyric fm. The launch of his 2008 debut solo album ‘The Sound Of One’ attracted global critical acclaim. This led to an awarded scholarship in 2009 for a residency at the Banff Centre for The Arts in the Canadian Rockies, where he focused on creating new territory for his voice in conjunction with poetry, photography and film. Returning to the UK, Andy spent four years researching and developing new ideas for site-specific composition and performance work in non-art spaces, culminating in the acoustic-heritage project The Unsung Antiquarium. Supported by Arts Council England, Roland UK and the British Library the project was long-listed for the UK’s largest music award – the PRS Foundation music prize. During this time he also became an endorsed artist with the National Trust.
Andy’s music was selected (April 2011) to accompany the biography one of the world’s leading authorities on independent music - Derek Sivers. More recently, his collaborative success on the Samuel Beckett inspired piece FULCRUM led to appearances on BBC2 The Art Show and Ireland’s premiere Arts programme Arena with subsequent performances in France (selected international showcase by Culture Ireland) and Dublin Dance Festival (2016). Andy returned to Ireland to collaborate on the ‘spirit of place’ project The 5th Provence (2015) and TOST (2016). His latest site-specific work VITRESCENCE premiers in 2017 inside the last remaining 100ft high ‘glass’ chimney.