Andy Ingamells is an experimental musician who develops unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer.
He has filled taxis with recorder players reading traffic lights as notation, played gold-painted pianos overflowing with buckets of red wallpaper paste, invented the game of violin cricket, and been tickled by improvisers playing his ticklish body as a musical instrument.
His work has been performed in the National Portrait Gallery, the Handel & Hendrix House Museum and Café Oto in London, the Orgelpark and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lapidarium of Kings in Copenhagen, Walled City Festival in Derry, Birmingham International Dance Festival, and Cheltenham Music Festival.
Andy is a graduate of the Master Artistic Research programme at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and completed his bachelor study at Birmingham Conservatoire, winning the BMus Prize and the Orchestral Composition Prize, in addition to the Composition Department Prize for his destructive Piano Recital performance. In 2018 he completed a PhD supported by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and in 2014 received funding to present his performance work at the International Žižek Studies Conference in Cincinnati, USA. The aim of his research is to introduce an expanded compositional practice that will serve as a blueprint to equip composer-performers with invaluable skills to question existing orthodoxies within a changing music world.