[ON LEAVE FOR 2016-2017]
Andy Slade was born in the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. He grew up studying classical piano with Ann Mendenhall, and eventually went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Victoria. After the completion of his undergrad, Andy moved to Xalapa, Mexico to study jazz piano under Edgar Dorantes. Upon his return to Victoria, Andy quickly became a fixture on the west coast music scene, working with musicians like Roy Styffe, Ken Lavigne, Kelby MacNayr, Louise Rose, Wendell Clanton, Monik Nordine, amongst others.
In 2011, he moved east to pursue a Masters of Music in Montreal and Toronto, where he was active as a performer, educator, composer, and arranger. He had the privilege of studying with Jan Jarcyzk, Andre White, Dave Restivo, and Andrew Downing, all while gaining a reputation as an exciting and creative improviser. He has worked as a pianist in nearly every style of music, playing in Pop, Hip-hop, Orchestral, Funk, Choral, Folk, and Jazz projects across Canada. His choral compositions have been performed in Montreal, Toronto, and Victoria, to great acclaim. Andy has performed at several of the TD International Jazz Festivals in Victoria, BC, as well as the 2014 Nuit Blanche in Toronto, ON. As an author and educator, he has designed and written a series of piano curriculum books targeted at beginner pianists for Violet Anamnesis Publications in San Diego, California.
Currently, Andy is teaching piano and theory at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.