Andrew and Max were introduced to each other by a mutual friend and immediately struck a musical chord. Since their first meeting their combined sensitivity and virtuosity has continued to make for astounding improvisational music. While their passion for their crafts have made them storytellers and teachers. Andrew and Max’s combined joy of music is a contagious emotion for every audience that has experienced the duo’s live performances.
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is an internationally recognized performer and educator and considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. Artistic director of Cats Paying Dues and co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable storytelling, musicianship and sensitivity, and respect for the craft that he loves. Andrew is a TED Fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant recipient, and the Artist in Residence of the Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall. Collectively, Andrew’s choreography and solo work has been described as “a welcome return to the elegance of simplicity and the tap dancer as maker of aural magic” (exploredance.com) and “deeply touching” (Daily Gazette).
An internationally recognized performer and educator Andrew has performed alongside the likes of Nat Adderley, Jr., Harry Connick Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and the legendary Les Paul. He has taught and performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh, Berlin and across the United States. Nemr appears on the Grammy nominated recording “Itsbynne Reel” by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album “Tuesdays at Mona’s” by Mona’s Hot Four, and as narrator of DanceTime Publications’ first tap dance DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. Andrew has been blessed to receive the guidance of Dr. Bunny Briggs, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. James “Buster” Brown, LeRoy Myers, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, Henry “Phace” Roberts, Dr. Henry LeTang, Mable Lee, Tina Pratt, Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Ted Levy, and Gregory Hines.
Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “Force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques. Max has enlivened the conceptual framework of traditional folk music by fusing multi-cultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound.
Max ZT has shared the stage with some of the most influential international and national musical leaders of the century including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Jon Bon Jovi, Karsh Kale, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, and more. With his eighth record released, he is, as Timeout NY states “A sight to behold.” MaxZT is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and in 2005, won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He’s recorded with a vast array of artists across musical genres, ranging from Victor Wooten, to The Goo Goo Dolls, to 2012 American Idol Phil Phillips, to Of Montreal.