British musician Kerry Andrew has arrived in China for a music exchange program set up by the British Council and the PRS for Music Foundation.
Andrew is the third musician of the program and she will stay in China for five weeks. Andrew will mainly stay in Henan province and exchange music ideas with musicians and traditional artists in the cities of Zhengzhou, Kaifeng and Luoyang.
She will meet local bands such as Godfather and Carp Slide. British musicians Mira Calix and Bella Hardy also have been selected for the program.
Andrew said she was excited for her trip to Henan. “My music belongs to contemporary art form. Yet I like folk stories and folk music,” Andrew told the British Council in Beijing. The artist also set a theme for her trip. “My theme will be ‘fox’ – I want to explore how this smart creature is expressed in both Western and Eastern cultures.”
Born in 1978, Andrew is a well-known London-based composer, performer, writer and actress. She is best known for a cappella, folk, jazz and theatrical music. Her work has been featured on BBC 3, BBC 4 and Classic FM. She has won the British Composer Awards in 2010 and 2014.
Andrew studied music and composition at the University of York. She has academic affiliations with Trinity College of Music through their Junior Trinity and Trinity Laban programs and at the University of Kent.
Andrew’s choral works have been published by Oxford University Press and by Faber Music. Her vocal trio piece “The Song of Doves” concluded the national memorial service for the victims of the July 7 bombings, receiving national broadcast live on the BBC and other news outlets. Her composition “Dusk Songs” was commissioned and recorded by The Ebor Singers, and released by Boreas Music in 2007.
In addition to her composition work, Andrew is a member of the ensembles Juice DOLLYman and Metamorphic. She also performs as a solo alt-folk artist under the name You Are Wolf.