Credit: Mo Summers
Andy Summers rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning, multi-million-selling rock band The Police, recognized as the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the era in any genre. The Police dominated the music scene through the first half of the 1980s with several number-one records, and Summers’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s popularity, creating a new paradigm for guitarists that has been widely imitated in the decades since.
After The Police’s dramatic exit from the stage at the height of their fame, Summers embarked on a prolific solo career, including over a dozen solo albums and several notable collaborations (Robert Fripp, John Etheridge, Victor Biglione, Benjamin Verdery, Roberto Menescal, Fernanda Takai, Rodrigo Santos and Joa Barone). His output has involved successful forays into instrumental music, jazz and film scoring (2010, Down and Out in Beverly Hills) alongside his rock and pop projects, as well as acclaimed work as a photographer. In March 2005, Summers made his debut at Carnegie Hall, premiering Dark Florescence, a concerto written for him and Benjamin Verdery by composer Ingram Marshall.
Extensive touring has kept him moving across the globe, connecting with fans old and new. In 2007-8, The Police reunited for a fantastically successful world tour, the third-highest-grossing tour of all time.
In 2006 his memoir One Train Later was released to great success and was voted the number-one music book of the year in the UK by Mojo Magazine. The documentary film Can’t Stand Losing You, based on the book, was produced by the Yari Film Group and was released in North America in 2015 by Cinema Libre Studio.
Summers has been a photographer since the early days of The Police, and has published four books of his photographic work, much of which was featured in the film Can’t Stand Losing You. Exhibitions of his photos have taken place across the globe, including recent exhibitions at the Leica gallery in Los Angeles; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris Photo Los Angeles; Kunst.Licht Shanghai; CCC in Beijing; and Photokina, Germany. In 2017, Steidl will publish The Bones of Chuang Tzu, which features Andy’s photography from several journeys to China; additionally, Leica Camera AG will be releasing the Andy Summers Signature camera, and Fender will release a special-edition guitar designed by Summers.
His awards and honors include induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, multiple GRAMMY® Awards, the Prog Guiding Light award in 2016, the Roland & BOSS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, the Key to New York City, an honorary doctorate from Bournemouth University, the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the government of France, and dozens of other accolades. He has three children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kate.
Summers’ new 2017 album, Triboluminescence, builds on the sonic and artistic framework of his lauded 2015 set, Metal Dog – with both projects embodying a style Summers has evocatively dubbed “New Exotic.” April 2017 sees the start of a Brazilian tour supporting the new record, with more dates to follow.
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