Logo orange

Andrew March

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Not Accepting Guests

Last login 10 days ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Andrew's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile

Overview

  • 85 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Malagasy; learning Hebrew (modern), Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Environmental Engineer By Day / Long...
  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, Mast...
  • From Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Would like to play a rolling concert by playing clarinet while I ride my bike. It can be done!

ABOUT ME

I love traveling, I love music, I love helping people. I used to work as an engineer, but I left my job so I can focus on the first three :).

All about me? Well that I tough for me to put it all here and besides, you don't want to read...you want to travel and Couchsurf. You'll have to ask me when you visit.

Don't get to thinking I'm too serious, I'm pretty sarcastic and laugh all the time. My intonation that gives hilarity to most of my sentences doesn't really come across when I write.

I play music: I write for, direct, manage, run, and play clarinet in a local 7-member klezmer/ska band called Her Golden Whip.

I work as an environmental engineer developing green, safe and environmentally solutions for large industrial processes (like mining or power production).

I speak to anyone who will listen, and listen to anyone who speaks I ride: for a long and as far as possible on anything with a seat, a pedal and two wheels.

Miteny: amin'ny olon'i miheno, sy miheno amin'ny olon'i maresaka

PHILOSOPHY

You know when you play music and you see people dancing - you are reaching into their souls and making them move. So when somebody says "Yeah!!!" ...That's a compliment. -Dizzy Gillespie

It's always nighttime, otherwise we wouldn't need any lights. -Thelonious Monk

"Fianana mafy dozy, fitiavana mafy dozy." - Jerry Marcoss

"Tsy ny adala no adala, fa izay manadala ny adala no adala" -Fiteny Marina Malagasy

"On joue les funambules sur un cable invisible On jongle avec des bulles, on défie l'€™impossible Dans une main la colombe, dans l'€™autre le calibre J'€™ai beau tendre les bras, je ne trouve pas l'équilibre" -Oxmo Puccino

"Das Notwendigste und das Härteste und die Hauptsache in der Musik ist das Tempo." W.A. Mozart

"If you're scared, then you're not pushing yourself hard enough." -Arielle Gold

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Meeting hosts and travelers for me is a way to experience travel, even when I'm not able to myself. As a surfer I completely understand that hosts have their own lives (in fact that's why I Couchsurf) - I don't expect people to change their daily routine. If I can do some participating then so much the better but I have no problem going out and exploring on my own with or without direction.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I had my first experience in Strasbourg, France with a great host who showed me everything about the region. Then I went to Mulhouse and had a similar experience, ate some Choucroutes in the summer and partied at the pool. I hosted a lot in Boulder, and a bit since I've been in Berlin. I've also had the great pleasure of surfing with wonderful hosts throughout the US as well as in Israel, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, the Czech Republic, Transnistria, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Portugal, Greece and Finland. I've had a great time with the people who've come by and met some amazing, worldly, and very eclectic people, and I plan to continue doing so. Thanks CouchSurfing!

Interests

Music, sports (biking, running, basketball, climbing, whatever), shows/concerts. I went out several times a week to concerts when I lived in Paris, you can almost always find a good one, either chill or happening with great people. There is tons of great music and activities in Berlin as well.I also go running in different spots (parks, streets, abandoned rail lines...), biking (more recreationally to places outside the city but it's also a good way to get around inside the city).

I also love languages and any kind of new sound. I love hearing music in other languages.If there is something I haven't heard of or tried, then I would like to do it.Environment and sustainability.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this at the moment but it's certainly a passion which allows me to travel. Here are a few of my thoughts if you are interested.

Music, Movies & Books

I love jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop. Although I can get into any kind of music, really, but those in particular really tend to get me going. If I'm at a show and everyone is really into whatever music is playing, then I'm into it!

I currently write and play in a Klezmer/Ska band I started called Her Golden Whip I used to direct a funk/soul group named Soul'd Out. I play, write, and arrange music for the clarinet I like music production and try to do as much as I can. Maybe we can collaborate!

Here are some of my favorite artists from the genres listed above:

Jazz: Roy Hargrove, Oscar Peterson, Michael Brecker, Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Joshua Redman, Ray Brown, James Morisson, Marcus Miller, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Miguel Zenon, Chris Potter, Arturo Sandoval

Rap/Hip-hop: Hocus Pocus, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Chali 2na/Jurassic 5, Common, Sniper, Caparezza, Hadag Nachash, The Procussions, Saïan Supa Crew, Erci-E, Big Jimdah, Peter Fox, MC Solaar, Classified, Brother Ali

Books: Three Cups of Tea, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Pars Vite et Reviens Tard, Le Lièvre de Patagonie, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Measuring the World

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Last summer I rode 1200 miles on my bike in one month from Berlin, Germany to Odessa, Ukraine. And couchsurfed the entire way. I rode 1100 miles on my bike in one month from Paris, France to Zadar, Croatia 2 summers ago.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you as much as I know about music - I have a degree in clarinet performance but I also play piano. I've played in bands from classical to jazz to vaudeville to metal to hip-hop.If you want some linguistic help I can give you useful words and phrases (especially slang) in French or Malagasy. On the other side, it would be awesome to learn anything in any languages you happen to know.

I'm no philosopher, but if you give me a pen and a piece of paper I'll write you a poem. Also if everybody has a pen and paper we can play telephone pictionary.I'm also an engineer by trade, what's on your mind about science?

"My favorite music is the kind that I wish I had written myself."-Victor Wooten

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mexico, Moldova, Republic of, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

France, Germany, Madagascar, United States

Join Couchsurfing to see Andrew's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile