Andy Skellenger is a professional multi-instrumentalist and drum maker based in Salida, Colorado. He is a classically trained performer and teacher of North India Tabla. He also plays the harp-like instrument from Mali called Kora, drum set, cajon, and a multitude of other percussion instruments from around the world. Andy is a college level clinician. He performs with a variety of ensembles spanning many styles and genres, and also gives solo concerts. Some of the many musicians he has performed alongside include Tabla Maestro Samir Chatterjee, Master of Persian and Azara Classical Music Davood Azad, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Flamenco guitar maestro Miguel Espinoza, pianist Chuck Lamb, vocalist Beth Quist, violinist Kailin Yong, denver jazz legends Ron Miles and Greg Harris, and sitar maestro Ustad Roshan Bhartiya.
Excerpt from Westword Magazine article:
"How would you spend your birthday if you were a classically trained tabla player with an ear for global music and off-kilter rhythms of all kinds? If you're mountain-dwelling Andy Skellenger, you might just corral your best friends for a jam in the city - and then invite the entire city. Skellenger, whose fascination with "weird" rhythms took him all the way to India to study tabla with the pros, will host an epic world music and jazz collaboration tonight at Dazzle, featuring a cast of very fine homegrown players in genres from all over the map... Ranging from Greg Harris and his Vibe Quintet to Matt Skellenger, Glenn Taylor, Miguel Espinoza and many others offering everything from North Indian classical to flamenco, African pop, Gypsy jazz and fusion."