John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal is a composer and double bassist currently living in Oslo, Norway.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed at series and festivals such as Interpenetration (AU), Sacred Realism (DE), METEOR (NO), and the Ultima Festival (NO), and at venues such as The Norwegian National Opera. For the next three years he will be participating in the VOeX program at The Norwegian National Opera. (What is VOeX?)
John Andrew works with musicians and artists in both Europe and the Americas. In New York he collaborates with musicians such as Derek Baron, and Elliott Sharp, while in Europe he works with Katt Hernandez, Brad Henkel, Andreas Røysum, Nana Pi Aabo Larsen, and others. He is also active creating music and sound for theater and dance performances. Notably collaborating with playwright Finn Iunker.
John Andrew is completing his graduate studies in Double Bass at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Håkon Thelin and Dan Styffe.
John Andrew has a degree in Music Composition from Reed College (Portland, Oregon), where he studied with David Schiff.
He studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York) as a pupil of Reggie Workman.
John Andrew also studied Russian art and philosophy. He worked for philosopher Boris Groys at NYU and was research assistant to Evgenii Berstein at Reed College.
John Andrew with Elliott Sharp
Katt and John are an acoustic duo who focuses on improvised and folk music from around the world- our textures are blend contemporary playing style and technique (borrowing from both jazz and classical idioms) with the melodic and often repetition based fiddle musics from across the globe from the Balkans to the Appalachians to the Caucasus mountains.