Andrew Schulman

Eight-String Guitarist


Abaca String Band 8-string guitarist Andrew Schulman is a soloist and the founder and music director of the Abaca String Band, a string quintet.  As a soloist he has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in diverse venues ranging from Carnegie Recital Hall and The Improv in New York City to the Royal Albert Hall in London and was one of the last foreign artists to tour the Soviet Union.  He has had several steady engagements in landmark New York City venues including Windows On The World, The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, The Mark Hotel, and The InterContinental/The Barclay.

Mr. Schulman has performed, as a soloist in 1997 and with the Abaca String Band in 1999, at The White House. He played for special events, as a soloist and with the group, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1991-2004, and has also appeared at the Library of Congress and many other well-known institutions.  The Abaca String Band appeared on the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series from 1995-2005 and also at the Newport Music Festival, the Library of Congress, Chautauqua Institution, Musikfest, among many others. They have been presented in concert throughout the U.S.

After his life was saved at Beth Israel Medical Center in July 2009 he became a volunteer musician three days a week in the Surgical ICU there and in 2011 was appointed Resident Artist of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. His work there has received international media attention: NY-1 New Yorker of the Week, WNBCs “A Gift of Healing” which won a NY Emmy and Best in Photojournalism 1st Prize, and an in-depth interview on BBC-4’s “Soul Music: Bach” series.

Andrew Schulman has recorded two solo CDs for the Centaur label, "The Baroque Style", and "Lullabies, Reveilles, (and Siesta!)", and there are four volumes of the Abaca String Band live in concert on the Abaca label. Berben Edizioni Musicali of Italy has published some of his original music and arrangements.

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Andrew Schulman can be heard every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Picnic - 101st and Broadway in Manhattan.