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September 5, 1975 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Genres||Synthpop, Classical, Minimalism, Ambient|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Synthesizer, Woodwinds|
Andrew Shapiro is an American composer and songwriter. His work has been described as a blend of classical and popular music, "blending the minimalist influence of Philip Glass with the moody pop sensibility of '80s New Wave" (New Music Box magazine).
Shapiro's music is regularly played on radio worldwide and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone and Daily Candy. His most popular composition, the cinematic piano track Mint Green, has a play count of over 6.5 million on Pandora Radio.
His synthpop debut album, Invisible Days EP, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine. Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Numbers, Colors and People (2009), Intimate Casual (2012) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.
Pink Jean Mint Green, a synthpop album featuring a collaboration with author Neil Gaiman, is set for release on June 24, 2016.
He writes original music for film and theater projects, and his music appears in a wide variety of national and international film and television projects ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.
From 2004-2013 Shapiro regularly performed his solo piano compositions at a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in downtown Manhattan for which he was featured in a New York Times article titled "Quarter Pounder With Keys" and as the “Best Pianist in a Fast-Food Restaurant” in the Village Voice. Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York.
Shapiro releases his recordings through Airbox Music, a label he founded in 2002. His music is published by Airbox Music Publishing, LLC (ASCAP).
Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio where he studied musical composition. Raised in Larchmont, New York, he lives in with his wife and son in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.
- Pink Jean Mint Green (Release June 24, 2016)
- Piano 3 (Release June 24, 2016)
- The High Line & Other Places (2015)
- Singles EP (2013)
- Intimate Casual (2012)
- 100 Houses: Gatsby Meets Caulfield (2012)
- Soundesign (Expanded Edition) (2011)
- Numbers, Colors and People (2009)
- Quiet Kissing EP (2006)
- Invisible Days EP (2003)