Composer, violinist, violist, and baroque violinist Andrew McIntosh has a unique and diverse approach to music-making, prioritizing his work as a composer and focusing his performances primarily around the repertoire of compelling and experimental music from the last 800 years. He is known for being a specialist in alternate tuning systems and also for being a member of the Formalist Quartet, which is dedicated to adventurous and relevant repertoire and regularly performs around the US and in Europe. He holds degrees in violin, composition, and early music performance from the University of Nevada, Reno, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. A native of rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in the Los Angeles area where he enjoys a large and frequently unexpected variety of writing, performing, teaching, and recording activities.
A note on the septimal comma, for which this website is named: it is a sort of personal mascot for me, symbolizing the slightly irrelevant and obscure yet profoundly interesting and beautiful.
Launched!! A Kickstarter campaign for my first album of compositions, featuring Hyenas in the Temples of Pleasure performed by Yarn/Wire and the complete Symmetry Etudes:
Three positive reviews of the Symmetry Etudes performance on the LA Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series: LA Times, Sequenza 21, and New Music Box.
LA Philharmonic to present one of the Symmetry Etudes on its Green Umbrella Series on December 3, 2013
Glowing Sequenza 21 review of a recent performance with Dante Boon of Morton Feldman's For John Cage, which we are in the process of recording
New York Times review of 3 performances at Roulette in Brooklyn with Wadada Leo Smith
Wonderful LA Times review of the Formalist Quartet's performance of Christian Wolff at REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall
Two great reviews of performances as part of Tom Johnson's residency in Los Angeles featured in New Music Box and Sequenza 21.
Very nice LA Times review of wild Up's January 14 performance at Monday Evening Concerts
video documentation of my collaboration with Scott Worthington on Wolfgang von Schweinitz's Plainsound Glissando Modulation is now up on YouTube
German Record Critic's Award (Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) selected Katharina Rosenberger's new CD, texturen, on which I played viola with the Wet Ink Ensemble, for their quarterly best list
On December 8 I will be peforming the viola solo in Morton Feldman's iconic work Rothko Chapel with wild Up at the Hammer Museum
Recent review of Tom Johnson correct music album in The Rambler, London, UK
Formalist Quartet featured on new Cold Blue Records compilation CD
Eggs and Baskets, from the Tom Johnson solo CD, featured on the I Care If You Listen Fall 2012 Mixtape
Tom Johnson Correct Music (a mostly solo album on Populist Records) released on 8/7/12.