a brief history of...

ANDREW KAY

Andrew was born and raised into a fun loving family of 5 in 1986 and lived most of his childhood life in Brampton, Ontario. He also lived in New Zealand for a year when he was 5 and England when he was 12. Surely these years abroad helped to develop the travel bug which fuelled his interest in travelling and seeing the world as an adult. As the youngest of 3 children Andrew was always finding his own way to do things. This planted the seeds of creativity and expression, and he explored many areas of the arts, from drawing, drama, and most proficiently music. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Jonathan, Andrew chose to play the saxophone. After excelling in the Musical Arts program at Mayfield Secondary School and the Humber Community Music School, Andrew choose to pursue a career in Music by attending the Jazz Performance Program at Humber Institute of Advanced Learning. While exploring his musical expression at Humber, Andrew discovered the music of India, which led him to travel there in 2006. In an intensive 5 weeks of studies and travel something transformed inside of him, which would forever change the course of his life. Upon his second trip to India in 2008 he entered into the ancient path of the Guru Shishya Parampara to seriously study Hindustani Raga music with his Guru, the incredible vocalist and musician Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya. Andrew spent the majority of next 8 years going deeper and deeper into the studies of the Ragas and it’s application on the Alto Saxophone, while also finding other ways to express his experiences of travelling and performing around India. Andrew developed a keen interest in the Himalayan Singing Bowls and created a unique set of tuned bowls to perform with. His also started to explore new modalities to use sound & vibration as a method of healing using the singing bowls and other sonic instruments. He shares his experience and knowledge of music, sound, and vibration through private music lessons, workshops, clinics, concerts, and private sound healing sessions.

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Photography

Andrew loves photography and has taken tens of thousands of shots over the many years of his travels around the world. Visit his page on photography to see some of his best. Click here to view his photos…

Video

Andrew has created many videos for his musical projects and most significantly worked on creating a 80 minute documentary with his Guru in Kolkata, India. The documentary is about the music lives of two great Bengali maestros and is currently in production for a world-wide release of an english version. Visit Andrew’s Video page…

Aum Lotus

In 2015, Andrew and his partner Violante started an organisation called Aum Lotus, which brings together the of Yoga, Music, Art, Creativity, and Lifestyle. They offer Yoga retreats which focus on Art, Music, and Transformation. Visit their site to learn more…

As Nad Yoga, they offer the workshops and private sessions focusing on the combination of Music, Sound, Vibration, and Yoga. Visit their site here…

Andrew’s partner Violante developed the Integral Art Method is a tool that combines the practice of Yoga with the experience of Art in order to discover the evolutionary story of the human being through the personal experience and understanding of the body and self. 

Snow Line Studio

Andrew’s love of art and design has led him to into the world of digital design. Developing his skills through his own projects like Monsoon & Kayos Theory, he started the Snow Line Studio, which aims specifically to serve musicians and performers and bringing their projects to the world. He creates, designs, and manages websites, produces Album Artwork and layouts, as well as promotional materials like posters and business cards. Check out his work and get started on your next project here…