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Andy Teirstein’s music compositions have been described by The New York Times and The Village Voice as “magical” and “superbly crafted.” He has created film scores for BBC and PBS, and award-winning musical theater pieces including Winter Man, Skels, and The Wild. The Village Voice has said that his music “seems to speak in celestial accents of some utopia whose chief industry is dancing,” and he has worked with many renowned choreographers. As an actor, he performed on Broadway in the original cast of Barnum, in the TV series Search for Tomorrow, and in the film Sophie’s Choice. Andy received a Ph.D in 2010 from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has expanded his musical background by learning fiddle tunes in Ireland, performing with a Mexican circus, and journeying to Romania and Bulgaria to collect traditional music. His CDs include Open Crossings, Mannahatta, and Welcome to Willieworld. Andy is currently an Associate Arts Professor at New York University.