The Language of Drumming in Afro-Brazilian Candomblé

Andy Miller, is a percussionist, educator, dance musician, and composer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently the Music Director in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he teaches courses in music, sound design, and digital media in addition to creative work as a dance musician. His collaborations as a composer-performer with contemporary choreographers include Maria, by Angelica Angulo (New York City: Gibney Dance Center and the Judson Church), A dance for my daughter by Daniel Burkholder (Milwaukee: Winterdances 2018), Piece.piece by Johanna Meyer (Illinois: Krannert Center) and Fracture, by Angie Pittman, Angelica Angulo, Rhea Speights, and Johanna Meyer (Bucaramanga, Colombia: IX Festival Santander en Escena). His research on Afro-Colombian traditional music and pedagogy has been funded through a Fulbright Grant (2011-2012) and the Graduate Presser Award from Indiana University. In addition, he was awarded a CLACS travel grant to Brazil in 2019 to study Candomblé drumming with master drummer Jorge Alabê. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Andy holds degrees in percussion performance from Wright State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. He previously taught percussion at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Fall 2017), Indiana University (Associate Instructor 2014-2017), and Olivet Nazarene University (2012 – 2017).