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Andy Grush

Andy Grush is a composer/musician who has scored numerous TV shows and movies with his collaborator, Taylor Stewart.  Together they are known as the Newton Brothers.  

The Newton Brothers (TNB), have been writing and playing music since they were kids. They studied classical piano from age 4 moving on to rock/electronic bands through High School and then moving on to working in bands and theater for their undergrad doing full productions of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom of the Opera, Guys & Dolls and Flora the Red Menace. They play piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet, cello and sing.

Many think the term Newton came from Taylor's middle name. But in fact it was inspired by the English mathematician & physicist Sir Isaac Newton.

They've been scoring films together for over 10 years, but it wasn't until Tony Kaye’s acclaimed drama Detachment starring and produced by Academy award winner Adrien Brody, that they garnered the attention in the film score community. Ross Miller writes “…it’s also an oddly hopeful film, helped by a wonderful score by The Newton Brothers, achieving that difficult balance with great aplomb. Mightily impressive stuff".[1] In 2013 they scored Horror Hit Oculus , who Danny Gonzalos[2] from the examiner writes," Andy and Taylor are musically talented geniuses who have really brought terror to "Oculus" through a riveting ensemble of creative noises that creates a rather unsettling atmosphere throughout the film. Their formal musical training really bringing out the best of their abilities to not only make great music, but a memorable experience that the film is currently".

Whatever the subject, the Newton Brothers are catching Hollywood’s ear with influences ranging between Elmer Bernstein and Nine Inch Nails, creating a sound caught in an enticing netherworld that uniquely straddles rock, traditional and experimental film music with such instrumental choices as kazoos, wine glasses and club beats – making for a singularly unquantifiable voice that’s surprising with ever-impressive results, especially with a work of captivating, relative saneness that transmits the unnerving, yet very listenable power of “Oculus.” Written by Daniel Schweiger.

Recently the Duo collaborated on Mike Flanagan's, "Before I Wake” (aka Somnia) that they co-scored with legendary film composer Danny Elfman

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 4
 

11:00am PDT