Andy Garbi is a singer, composer and visual artist . Through his fascination with ‘spirit of place’ he has made albums, created solo and collaborative interdisciplinary work, and performed with other artists from different genres. His current creative activities extend into the fields of heritage, site-specific art/music and acoustic science, incorporating his 4-year sound-heritage research project – The Unsung Antiquarium.
A graduate of both music and fine art, he gained a double distinction, the Masters Prize and the Postgraduate prize from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2005. Shortlisted for the position of Director of Music with the British Council (2006), he has also been awarded the Channel 4 Ideas Factory Film Music award, The PRS for Music ATOM award and has gained letters of commendation from Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Netherlands Embassy for his international work.
His 2008 debut solo album The Sound Of One achieved global critical acclaim and won him a scholarship to Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada in 2009. His work has been featured on BBC Radio3 Late Junction, Classic FM, Chill FM and RTE Lyric FM and he has recently appeared (August 2013) on BBC2 The Arts Show and Ireland’s premiere Arts programme Arena for his collaborative success on the Samuel Beckett inspired piece FULCRUM. In 2015 Andy’s music was selected by fashion house Louis Vuitton to open the Women’s Fall Collection show 2015 in Paris.
His current work (including The Unsung Antiquarium sound heritage project) is supported by The British Library, Arts Council England and Roland Instruments. He is also an endorsed artist by the National Trust.
Left: Artist and Musician Andy Garbi.