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May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Performers for Friday, May 31
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival
Award-winning virtuoso guitarist, composer, and poet Andre Feriante crafts songs that are a fusion of classical, flamenco, jazz, and Brazilian music. His creations sing from the Spanish guitar, harp guitar, ukulele, nylon string banjo, charango, and most recently, the oud. He has dedicated his life to his art, and his ability to communicate through sound never fails to lead his audience on an emotional journey that is as deeply personal as it is universal.
With training by the great Andrés Segovia and with almost 40 years of performing and recording, Feriante has left his musical mark on the classical, world music, and fusion scenes. His musical journey has taken him across Europe, South America and throughout the United States. A cross-over artist in the vein of YoYo Ma or Sting, his performance program represents a bold but fluid musical fusion, featuring predominantly his own compositions alongside music from Bach to Leonard Cohen, flamenco improvisation to jazz standards, and even poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca, Rumi and of course, Feriante himself.
Andre Feriante brings dynamic flair to both performances and work in schools. His String Stories program introduced students to multiple instruments, many of which they were seeing for the first time. His playfulness and positive energy really engaged students and held their interest. His last residency reached seven schools and nearly a thousand students. Whether working one on one, in smaller class groups or for full auditoriums, Andre is masterful at engaging students of all ages.
In the many years he has been performing at Icicle Creek, he has always been a crowd favorite. A virtuoso flamenco guitarist, his new interpretations on non-traditional string instruments provides a capti- vating show. His ability to develop creative collaborations with other musicians stands out and makes every show unique.
Andre is my favorite performer in the whole world! ... When I first heard him play, I could not believe what I was hearing and was imme- diately reminded of Segovia in his style and presentation.
With artistic versatility and seductive creativity, Feriante is the Picasso of the guitar.
As the beautiful melodies of Spanish guitar introduced the musician, the audience sat spellbound. One man sat with eyes closed and a soft smile on his face, the music washing over and through him. Others sat in silence, eyes locked on the guitar as Feriante’s fingers danced across the strings. The stress of the day, the problems of the world, all melted away to be replaced by the peaceful, emotional music.
His musicianship is sensitive, articulate, pleasing and entirely in accord with his own music. One does not always find this sort of harmony on the concert platform.
Feriante’s music is full of lyricism and reflection... I’m not surprised he’s gaining national and international recognition.
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