This page appears at the request of Andrew’s brother Chris G and with full permission to include Andrew’s music

Reflections – An Act of Glass

Telling the Story…

What should be described as a true labour of love for drummer Chris G was finally completed in 2008, set for an official release by ProgRock Records in 2009.  The recorded work, a tribute CD of the music of his late brother Andrew, is the culmination of nearly four years@ effort devoted to countless studio sessions.  At its core, the music would fall into the progressive rock category – given some of the elaborate arrangements and instrumentation.
 
A total of eighteen progressive rock players were recorded in twelve different studios located in six different American cities.  This host of artists associated with the genre (including Adrian Belew, Nick D’Virgilio, Phil Keaggy, and Mike Keneally) provided the cast of players sought by Chris to recreate Andrew’s music with professional flair and credibility.  Thanks to their talents, Andrew’s musical spirit will now endure, accessible to all.

Andrew Dean Gorczyca was born on August 14, 1963.  He was raised along with several siblings near Washington, DC, in the comfortable suburbs of Maryland.  The family had a somewhat normal middle-class upbringing, typical of the era.  Music entered his life at an early age, most likely through the influence of an older sister, distant cousins, and friends in the neighbourhood.  On one Christmas, his parents gave the three boys their first chance to play music.  Andrew chose to learn the guitar, and never lost his fascination with it.

He discovered a sense of versatility by shifting his focus to electric bass, and it was here that Andrew and Chris began playing together as bassist and drummer.  Their teenage brotherly rhythm section quickly gained momentum as a solid playing unit in their circle of musician friends.  By age twenty, Andrew had devoted himself to creating his own compositions, playing and recording most or all of the parts into his trusty four track machine.  Drawing on his love of progressive rock, he crafted songs and lyrics that were challenging, emotional, and honest.  He continued to write and record as life moved forward, never concerning himself with trends or music industry distractions.  His most prolific period was during the 1980s into the 1990s, though his ideas continued to emerge thereafter.

Andrew passed away during the night in early August 2004, at only forty years of age.  As a true artist, his music was his one true passion in life.  Soon after his passing, Chris became the caretaker of Andrew’s collection of music.  It contained all of his finished songs, demos in various forms of completion, and notebooks with scribbled sections of lyrics.  His work was never well dcoumented, so it was quite a challenge to organise everything.  Aside from a few exceptions, Andrew never sought out other musicians for collaboration.  He never tried to record his songs in a professional studio, preferring the privacy and economy of his home studio.  This did affect their sonic quality of his work, but ideas were always the most important thing to Andrew.
R.I.P. 

  • Andrew Gorczyca
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    Title
    Artist
    Composer
    Time
    ID
  • 01.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/all_fixed_predestination.mp3
    All Fixed Predestination
    Andrew Gorczyca
    4:48
    s1
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 02.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/curiosity_i_only_want_to_know.mp3
    Curiousity I Only Want To Know
    Andrew Gorczyca
    5:54
    s2
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 03.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/from_this_day_forward.mp3
    From This Day Forward
    Andrew Gorczyca
    5:05
    s3
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 04.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/give_it_time.mp3
    Give It Time
    Andrew Gorczyca
    3:53
    s4
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 05.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/how_can_we_go_on_this_way.mp3
    How Can We Go On This Way
    Andrew Gorczyca
    3:33
    s5
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 06.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lost_in_it_all.mp3
    Lost In It All
    Andrew Gorczyca
    5:46
    s6
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 07.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/peasant_under_class.mp3
    Peasant Underclass
    Andrew Gorczyca
    4:53
    s7
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 08.
    http://artistsonlinemusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/the_tall_tale_heart.mp3
    The Tell Tale Heart
    Andrew Gorczyca
    8:08
    s8
    audio/mpeg
    80

Reviews

Here comes perhaps the CD of 2008! The music was written by Andrew Gorczyca, in a style that can be described as melodic progressive rock. The musicians on the record make up an impressive list: Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Meros, Ryo Okumuto (all from Spock’s Beard), Adrian Belew, Ted Leonard, Phil Keaggy, and Mike Keneally – just to name the most famous. Since the album is very melodic it could appeal to lovers of melodic hard rock and AOR. Rating 9 out of 10 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Martin Lindstrom – The Missing Piece

This album is quite simply brilliant progressive rock, but unlike a lot of similarly styled albums, this one has fantastic songs that stick in your head and are more easily accessible – being relatively short in length by prog standards. The production and playing are stunning. If you like Spock’s Beard, Rush, Yes, etc. you need this… 
Carl Noonan – CD Baby
Despite the fact that the album was recorded by many different artists, it works very well as an album, maintaining a clean, harmonic prog sound. The mix is brilliant, integrating vocals, bass, keyboards, guitars, and drums together, while keeping each as an identifiable contribution, allowing each musician to show his considerable skills. This is a must-buy for fans of progressive rock… 
Dan Singleton – The Phantom Tollbooth

Andrew Gorczyca