Andrew Burke is interested in exploring music’s ability to address and elucidate complex issues, providing spaces and experiences for the listener to reflect. After working in political communications for four years, he returned to music and recently completed his master's degree at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Christopher Cerrone and Kevin Puts.
Burke began writing music in high school as a pop musician. His former band, The Da Vincis, released their debut album during their Junior year, which Robert Christgau praised for displaying a “mastery of the three-minute pop song.” In 2020, he won second place in Peabody’s Prix d’Été competition and was named a finalist for the Kaleidoscope Orchestra's Call for Scores. In 2021, he was selected as a Merriweather District Artist in Residence and completed his first feature-length film score for Brutal Season (MYNA, prod.). In 2022, he won Peabody’s Macht Orchestral Composition Competition was selected as a Kimmel Harding Nelson Artist in Residence.
He continues to create pop music under the moniker Danke Shane, most recently releasing his second EP Future Real Ones in 2021 with Tape Dad Records. He graduated from Haverford College in 2014 and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.