Andy Farag continues to push the limits of what a percussionist can do in the rock and roll setting, as Umphrey’s McGee continues to pack amphitheaters and theaters coast to coast. His dynamic and tasteful playing accents the complex yet accessible arrangements of UM. Andy's ability to execute technical composed sections of music is matched by his ability to effortlessly improvise across the gamut of genres.
The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss[guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft.
That 22 year conversation continues as the band relentlessly writes and records, both in the studio and on the stage. Andy's studio prowess can be heard on more than a dozen full length albums and his live chops are featured on over 2500 pristine live recordings available via umlive.net. When Andy isn't on the road slaying rock shows (or sinking 8' putts), he spends time honing his craft and working on beat production in his Nashville studio.