Curtis Andrews is a Canadian musician with global persuasions; a percussionist/composer/teacher who creates music that is informed by his many years of experience with West African, South Indian and jazz traditions yet transcends most categories.
In June 2009 he moved to Vancouver, BC and has steadily been making his mark on that coast as a percussionist, composer, and collaborator. He leads his own ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews, to play his original world-jazz music, plays mbira, drums and marimba with Zimbabwean groups Zhambai Trio and Zimbamoto, explores South Indian classical Carnatic music with vocalist Vidyasagar Vankayala, regularly collaborates with local Bharatanatyamperformers, and is a regular collaborator with various world music and jazz musicians in and around Vancouver, BC as well as with international guest artists.
Aside from artistic and academic pursuits, Curtis has a philanthropic side. After benefitting so much from his time spent in rural Ghana, he decided to use his position and connections to give something back to the community of Dzogadze, which gave him so much. In 2007 he co-founded the Dzogadze Education Development Foundation which has enacted numerous activities designed to uplift the members of that community, with a focus on, but not limited to, education.