The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) is excited to announce that Andy Clausen has been appointed Director of the NYYS Jazz Band, beginning in the 2016/17 season. Mr. Clausen follows Matt Holman, who will step down after six seasons in the position.
“The jazz director develops and shapes the musical persona of the NYYS Jazz Band, and in Andy Clausen we have found a drive, passion, and commitment to develop young artists,” said Executive Director Shauna Quill. “After a very comprehensive search, during which we heard many strong candidates, the search committee and I unanimously agreed that Andy would both fit right in to the New York Youth Symphony and push it to even greater heights.”
“I’m deeply honored and beyond excited to be joining the New York Youth Symphony family” said Clausen. “The NYYS plays such a vital role in in developing and enriching the lives of young musicians in the community and profoundly impacting their future. Having spent my formative high school and college years immersed in the rich history of Big Band Jazz, I’m thrilled to continue the NYYS commitment to this incredible American art form.”
Andy Clausen is a New York-based composer, trombonist, bandleader, and graduate of The Juilliard School. Hailing from Seattle, Clausen relocated to NYC in 2010 where he enjoys a diverse schedule collaborating with filmmakers, folk and blues artists, classical composers, as well as New York's jazz elite. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Gerald Wilson, Kurt Elling, The After Midnight Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Andrew D'angelo, John Zorn, The American Brass Quintet, Feist, and My Brightest Diamond. The New York Times has described his work as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm...The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers...It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.” Clausen is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet whose 2014 debut “Wish The Children Would Come on Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz” was met with critical acclaim from NPR Fresh Air, Jazz Times, and was named the NPR Jazz “Best Debut of 2014.” Clausen’s awards include the Gerald Wilson Prize for Composition from the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Emerging Artist of The Year, and Alternative Jazz Group of the Year Awards from the Earshot Jazz Festival, and the Lotos Foundation Prize. In addition, Clausen has been commissioned by The New York Times, Dell, Bloomberg and Blue Chalk Media to compose music for film and television.
About the NYYS
The NYYS is one of the most awarded youth programs of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, tuition-free educational programs for talented young musicians. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The NYYS Jazz is now in its 14th season, with performances this season at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Greenwich Music House, and the Garage Restaurant and Café. They will make their first international tour to Brazil in March 2016.
Andy Clausen photo by Sasha Arutyunova