Andrew Farris with ANU School of Music students Rasemarie Costi, Alec Brinsmead and Hugo Lee.

Andrew Farriss with ANU School of Music students Rasemarie Costi, Alec Brinsmead and Hugo Lee. Photo by Stuart Hay.

The school of rock

A world famous rock star is probably not someone you'd expect to find on the ANU campus, as NATASSJA HOOGSTAD HAY, BA (Hons) '08, BAsianStudies '08 discovers.

It's a long way from stadiums full of screaming fans, TV studios and other trappings of fame to the corridors of Llewellyn Hall, where faint musical notes drift through the hallways.

But after iconic Australian band INXS decided to take a step back from performing in 2012, songwriter Andrew Farriss was looking for a new direction.

When an invitation from ANU arrived last year, Andrew Farriss said he mostly felt confused.

"I was approached mid-way through 2014 to come to ANU as a HC Coombs Fellow. At first, I wasn't quite sure what that was supposed to be about," Farriss recalls.

Although he was accepted into university after finishing school, Farriss never ended up going because INXS hit the big time.

But after a little convincing, Farriss decided to call the ANU School of Music home during 2015 as the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellow.

His approachability and wealth of experience as a performer, songwriter and composer has embedded him with performance and composition students alike.