Andrew Burke is interested in exploring music’s ability to address and elucidate complex social and political issues. 

 

Burke began writing music in high school as a pop musician. His former band, The Da Vincis, released their debut album during their Junior year, which Robert Christgau praised for displaying a “bossa-tinged mastery of the three-minute pop song.” In conjunction with popular music, Burke studied piano performance for nearly 20 years with various teachers including Lynn Raley, who first introduced him to contemporary and 20th century repertoire. 

 

Burke has continued to release critically acclaimed pop music under the moniker Danke Shane.  He received his bachelors from Haverford College, where he studied with Ingrid Arauco. After working in political communications for four years, he is now pursuing a master's degree at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studies with Christopher Cerrone and Kevin Puts. He hopes to continue to combine his interests in music and social issues as he focuses on chamber music and collaborative projects that explore the themes of income inequality, religious extremism, and more. 

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