Andy MacDonald is an early-jazz enthusiast, guitarist and singer based in Montreal who draws influence from the musical traditions of New Orleans (early jazz) and Paris (jazz manouche). His debut solo album Asking For a Friend (2019) is a collection of bouncy swing tunes, followed up by Suite Solitude (2020), a video EP of original works. The profound and the comedic are never musically far apart for Andy MacDonald, referred to as “Our century’s Tom Lehrer goes to Eddie Condon” – Jazz Lives USA
He has performed as a solo artist and with many others, including Django Messengers, Fanfare de l’île, Denielle Bassels, Denis Chang, Alex Pangman, the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Climax Jazz Band and Drew Jurecka. Andy has performed throughout North America, Europe and Morocco (Paris, New Orleans, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tangier, New York, California).
As someone whose life has been helped immeasurably by music, I have come to recognize the therapeutic potential it has and seek to share that potential with others. While music therapy goals and objectives vary widely according to client populations and needs, my primary mission as a music therapist is to help individuals reach their greatest health & wellbeing potential through participation in music activities. These music activities include instrumental and vocal improvising, songwriting, movement to music and receptive listening.
About Music Therapy
Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains. (Canadian Association of Music Therapists, 2018)