Andrew Reissiger is a composer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist on the nylon-string guitar, electric guitar, and Bolivian charango. For a decade, he has helped to bring the charango—a traditional Andean instrument—into the world of jazz, chamber music, African and Balkan styles.
Andrew is co-founder of the group Dromedary, an internationally recognized world music ensemble that filters traditional forms into new compositions and arrangements for Bolivian charango, Turkish cümbüs, Appalachian lap dulcimer, mandolin, and guitar. He also is Music Director for the 13-piece Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble featuring original members of Fela Kuti and Afrika 70 and Sonny Okusuns' Ozziddi.
Andrew has collaborated with Puerto Ricans Roy Brown Ramirez, Tito Auger, & Puerto Rican-American Tao Rodriguez-Seeger on Que Vaya Bién, a CD that Jaime Torres Torres of El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR) calls “one of ten best productions of 2006.” Andrew has also worked with award-winning songwriter Jonathan Byrd, Ugandan vocalist Omega Bugembe Okello, and Steve Duros (Ottmar Liebert).
With seven critically acclaimed recordings to his name, Andrew Reissiger has had the opportunity to perform in Europe, Africa, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States. Recent highlights include performances at the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival with Pete Seeger and the 2009 Zauti si Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania with Omega Bugembe Okello. He has shared the stage with the likes of Fania All Stars member Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Andre Manga (Josh Groban & Angelique Kidjo), and Eddy Navia of Sukay and has opened shows for Inti-Illimani, trumpeter Dave Douglas, guitarists Al Di Meola and John Jorgenson, and dobroist Jerry Douglas.
Andrew has produced, written, translated, and consulted for radio, film, website, and ethnomusicological field recordings. He also enjoys teaching.