Andrew Durkin is a self-described “hack composer and pseudo-intellectual” living in Los Angeles. His main project is the Industrial Jazz Group. He has scored several films and videos, including the award winning shorts Fish and Lunch by Sarah Jane Shute. He was once a member of the (now-defunct) vocal ensemble, the Evelyn Situation. Some folks also claim that he has written a rock opera, a screenplay, and an innovative arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s score for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He studied composition with his CD player, and before that, with his turntable.
Durkin’s doctoral dissertation, Decomposition: A Critique of Musical Authorship and Authenticity, may be published someday. He moonlights as a project specialist at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy, where he is working on a DVD production entitled The Untimely Death of Frank Zappa, as well as a collection of essays (on jazz, culture, and aesthetics) entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Linear. In his spare time (huh?), he reviews jazz CDs for the very popular All About Jazz website. He is also currently transcribing Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht for Project Gutenberg.
The IJG has been a persistent force on the Los Angeles jazz scene for five years now (hey, that’s an eternity in jazz time). In addition to its amazing regular lineup, the group frequently attracts kick-ass guest players like Bruce Fowler (Frank Zappa, and, well, just about everybody else) and Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue). And in addition to its native Los Angeles, the group has performed in San Diego, Bakersfield, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Truckee, and Petaluma (CA); Austin (TX); Rochester and Manhattan (NY); Bloomfield and Bound Brook (NJ); and Wilmington (DE). It has received numerous grants from the American Composers’ Forum, and its music has been heard on NPR and hundreds of radio stations around the world. It has been written up in The LA Weekly, The SF Weekly, The Wire, The North Bay Bohemian, The San Diego Star-Tribune, and The Boston Herald. It is currently on the artist roster at Innova records.