Name:        Andrew John Burns 

Date of birth :                  15/12/1952 

Nationality :

New Zealander resident in Australia since 1980 


Law/Arts Victoria University Wellington

                  Psychology Massey University Palmerston North


CURRENT Owner/ Producer Abacus Music

CURRENT Live performance pubs clubs festivals concerts

2013-2014 Online Course Architect COSAMP Melbourne

2012-2013 GMEC Coordinator Geelong Media Education Centre

2010-2012 Head of Music MWT Institute

2007-2009 Head of Music at College of Creative Arts and Technologies

           2003- 2007 Lecturer at JMC Academy South Melbourne

    1995- 2002  Troy Music SSouth Yarra High-Tech keyboard and computer- music system sales.  

1994-2002 Creative Music  Kew Guitar and piano teacher


Piano aged 5 realized I had perfect pitch. Guitar aged 10.

First paid gig aged 13. Cello to grade 8 and Double bass in orchestras at school and university.

Turned professional halfway through a law degree when band I was in was offered a position as dance band on "Northern Star"

Liner on 6 month round-the-world cruise NZ to UK and back 1971-1972. Never finished degree. 

Got spotted by Renee Geyer's band while I was playing 6 nights a week at Cleopatra's  nightclub in Auckland 1979.

They recommended me as a keyboard player forLeon Berger Band who played 4 nights/week at Musicians Club in Sydney.

They paid my airfare to come to Australia and join the band. 

In Sydney for 7 years from 1980 played with:Leon Berger Barry Leef  Erana Clark Andy Sidari Doug Parkinson (tour of Australia)

Jenny Morris (QED founding member) Mark Williams Shauna Jensen  Rick Price Digger Revell ( includingTamworth ) 

Rex Goh  Peter Northcote Shane Flew   Mark Kennedy and a multitude of other great musicians . 

Moved to Melbourne 1987.

Worked nightclub strip on King St in Hi TECH duo with Helen Ryder. Long residencies at Underground, Inflation, and the Ivy. 

1991-1992"  Keyboard player for musical "HAIR" 8 shows/week for 450 shows around Australia

  1993 Live TV show "Tonight Live" with Steve Vizard  5 nights/week for 40 weeks in Sam See's band on keyboards (Hammond organ) and guitar.

Backed among others Tom Jones Bob Geldorf  Steve Morse John Farnham and many more.

In Melbourne played with, 

 Stephen Cummings  Wendy Stapleton   Normie Rowe  Les Stacpool   British Rock Symphony (Thelma Houston Eric Burdon Glen Shorrock)

Maireid  Cold Sweat Fats Wah Wah Madder Lake and another multitude of great musicians. 

1997 Performed solo piano at the VIP bar at Crown Casino 40 hours/week for 6 weeks for the opening month of new casino. 

2000 3 week Light plane tour of Aboriginal Communities  on Cape York, Arnhem Land, and Islands with Normie Rowe band.

2001-2002 Muddy Murphy's Bar Singapore for 2x 1month engagements playing guitar in band. 

Currently average 2-3 performances/week in all formats from solo duo trio band to big band.

Perform mostly on keyboards also bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, and vocals .

See BANDS for details



1977 "Straight" album Auckland

1979 "Tama Band" album Auckland

1980 "Leon Berger Band" album Sydney

1985 "QED" album Sydney

1986 "Projectiles" album Sydney

1990 "Live your dreams" Tim Robinson album Melbourne

1993 Live TV Tom Jones Chaka Khan Bob Geldorf and others.

1995 "Glynn Nicholas show" ABC TV comedy 

10 episodes soundtrack (composed performed and produced)


1997 "Ghost Ship" Luke Spekes album Melbourne


2000 "Out There" Luke Spekes album Melbourne


2002 "7000 miles" Shane Flew album Sydney


2002 "Zen Weed Blokes" The Ombudsmen album Melbourne


2003 "the Otherwise" album Melbourne


2004 "Ancient History" Shane Flew album Sydney


2004 " Zero Edition" album Melbourne


2004 "Zoophyte" album Melbourne


2004 "the Otherwise" EP Melbourne


2004 "Levitation is REAL" Andy Burns album Melbourne


2004 "Verdant Ochre" Jonathan Taylor album Queensland


2005 Guryel Ali album Melbourne


2005 Matt Walters Band album Melbourne


2005 "21st Century Girl" Sarah Hill album Melbourne


2005 "Plugged" Jonny the Rratt album Queensland


2006 "Fat Roots" Fats Wah Wah album Melbourne


2007 Fats Wah Wah LIVE album Melbourne


2007 "6000 miles" Shane Flew album Sydney


2008 "Wonder Woman" album Pagan Newman Melbourne


2008 Madder Lake Live album Melbourne


2008 Fats Wah Wah album Melbourne


2010 "Surfs Up in Gembrook" Fats Wah Wah Melbourne


2013 "WORLD" album Madder Lake Melbourne


2013 Fats Wah Wah LIVE double album "Monstereo Delicioso"Melbourne


2014 "The Initiative" Album Melbourne


2015 Phil Brandon Album Melbourne


2015 "Your Sweet Love" Album Ross Nicholson Melbourne


2015 "Miss K" Album




1995-CURRENT Freelance music production and composition of all varieties.





In-depth knowledge of current computer recording systems, PC and MAC.


Full comprehension of MIDI and related software, 20 years experience in sequencing.


Full studio knowledge; mic placement, dynamics processing, surround mixes etc.


Advanced arranging, orchestrating, harmonic, and scalar knowledge but able to communicate to others in a clear, logical, and fun way.


Current instrument and hardware knowledge from having workedin a busy music shop in the HI TECH area, and in four MUSIC COLLEGES teaching computer-based recording and composing.


Website design and publishing using DREAMWEAVER



I would like to continue recording and performing but also to be seriously involved in building up the contempory music teaching scene in Australia.


I would like to share all of my hard-won experience with the up-coming generation and to inspire and guide them on their way to creating the music of tomorrow




I am a friendly calm confident person with a ready sense of humour and a strong work ethic. I enjoy physical activity and love a challenge.

I have very strong inter-personal and communication skills and am able to relate easily to all kinds of people.


I worked in music retail for around 7 years (1995-2003) and met literally thousands of Melbourne and other musicians in the process.


I have also been lecturing and administrating in a total of five Music Colleges( JMC Academy, CCAT, MWT, GMEC, and COSAMP) as well as tutoring on a variety of instruments.