Andrew M. McKenzie

Andrew M. McKenzie

Andrew M. McKenzie

Despite the name, The Hafler Trio is essentially the work of one man, Andrew M. McKenzie, born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1963. McKenzie released his first 7″ single at the age of 14, having formed a punk rock group named Flesh. There have been numerous members and collaborators alongside Andrew M. McKenzie, including Cabaret Voltaire co-founder Chris Watson, the (semi) fictitious Dr. Edward Moolenbeek, Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, Adi Newton of Clock DVA, Z’EV, Fluxus artist Willem de Ridder, David Tibet (of Current 93), Genesis P-Orridge, Annie Sprinkle, Jónsi Birgisson (of Sigur Rós), Michael Gira (of Swans and Angels of Light), Chloe Vevrier, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Blixa Bargeld, Netochka Nezvanova, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, and John Lacey of COUM Transmissions, Autechre, among many others. McKenzie was also part of Whitehouse along with Steven Stapleton and William Bennett for their first live performance.

But McKenzie’s skills and interests are far more wide-ranging than music alone. As a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, lecturer, teacher, inventor of Complemation (complementary education), sound engineer, designer, writer, programmer (with NATO level II security clearance), and even a classical guitar teacher, his present goals involve applying everything learned over the last 48 years for the benefit of others. Currently, he devotes most of his creative energies to workshops and seminars given in Creative Thinking and other cognitive techniques – new forms of thinking for new problems in education, business and other areas. Each workshop culminates in an extended performance, involving the workshop participants, for an extra-musical durational experience designed to implement techniques learned in the workshop. His workshops have taken place in countries such as Latvia, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and the UK for institutions such as the British Council and SOROS Foundation.

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