Andy Butler (he/him) is a pianist and composer living in Melbourne. His work incorporates aspects of improvised, experimental, jazz, and avant-garde traditions.


Andy is most active in collaborative projects. With the Phonetic Orchestra, he has performed an eight-hour sleep concert at Serralves em Festa (Porto, Portugal), a 24-hour intercontinental livestream (2020’s Silent Towns, which won a 2021 APRA Art Music Award), and undertaken residencies with the Kitchen Orchestra (Stavanger, Norway) and Sonoscopia (Porto, Portugal). He has toured Australia and Denmark and made three records with the improvising trio Ellipsis, and performed in Melbourne and Berlin with experimental trio DRUM. His close collaborators include artists of diverse aesthetic scope who challenge the boundaries of their instruments, such as trumpeter Callum G’Froerer, saxophonist Jim Denley, pianist Joe O’Connor, double bassist Jon Heilbron, Simon Charles and percussionist Christian Windfeld.


As a composer, Andy has written numerous works for these ensembles and performers, and was the composer in residence for the 2019 Audible Edge festival in Perth. He studies piano with Dr Donna Coleman and has performed as a solo pianist in Australia, Denmark and Germany. Earlier in his career, Andy performed as a jazz pianist with many of Australia’s leading jazz musicians and reached the semi-finals of the 2013 National Jazz Awards.