About

Andre’s Story

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Award winning Segovia-trained guitarist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over 30 years in Europe, South America, and the United States. Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, he has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life. In recent years, Andre has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to the ukulele and nylon-stringed banjo. Andre’s concerts will take you on an inspiring musical journey with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar. He is well known for his calm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience on a deep emotional level. Andre has released 13 solo recordings in his career— the latest two albums are ‘Novella, Ukulele Mosaique’ and ‘Beatles Masquerade’. Andre hopes that the passionate and sometimes meditative qualities in his songs will bring listeners inward to see our similarities as humans, creating more peace and ease in our world.

Born in Naples, Italy, Andre spent his formative years between Southern Italy and Manziana, a village just outside Rome. At age nine he announced his intentions to be a flamenco guitarist. He worked and saved to buy his first instrument, and at age 13, he began studying at the Overseas School of Rome. By the time he was 16, Andre was already performing the works of Bach, Vivaldi, Albeniz and Scarlatti. By age 18 he had launched his musical career, playing concerts in Rome, Berlin, the U.S., and South America. He continued his studies with world-renowned classical guitarists Andres Segovia and Jose Tomas (Segovia’s assistant) in Madrid, Henry Rivas in Bogota, Columbia, and Leon Atkinson in New York.

Since moving to Seattle in the 1980s, Andre has established himself as a Northwest favorite, having performed throughout the Puget Sound area in public and private concerts for a virtual “Who’s Who of Seattle.” His music has been featured on “Hearts of Space,” the No. 2 music program on NPR. This year Andre was picked for MSN’s celebrity feature “12 Sexy Bald Men” along with Andre Agassi, Seal, Vin Diesel, Taye Diggs and Patrick Stewart, among others. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Andre currently hosts “La Guitarra” on Classic King FM 98.1, the Arts Channel.

Besides his much anticipated annual performance at Benaroya Hall, Andre has played a wide variety of venues including The King Cat Theatre (where he opened for Olita Adams and David Benoit), The Frye Art Museum, The Paramount Theater, and Key Arena, where he performed the national anthem for the Seattle Sonics. Andre recently performed with the Northwest Symphony at Benaroya Hall with “Heart” and “Alice and Chains.” 2015 marked his 20th year of the Valentine’s Day Concert.

Festival appearances include the Maui Music Festival, Seattle Folklife Festival, Seattle Hempfest, Bumbershoot, and headlining “La Festa di Manziana” in Rome. Andre makes regular appearances on Seattle radio and television—he was featured on the Classical King FM Compilation Natural Symphony CD and the Tigerbreath label with Ottmar Liebert, Craig Chaquico and others. He also played at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, and for Jose Carreras at special fundraising receptions at Carnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall to benefit the Jose Carreras Leukemia Foundation.

Feriante’s eleven albums have consistently charted within the top 10, and his album “Bohemian Boulevard” debuted at No. 1 on the world and ambient radio charts. It remained in the top 20 for 5 months and then went on to win “Best World Album” in the New Age Reporter’s 2006 Lifestyle Awards.

A seasoned, expressive performer whose style is as elegant as it is conversational, Andre’s innovative and effortless style appeals to any ear with a love and passion for music. 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.

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The Bohemian Entourage

This latest incarnation of Andre Feriante offers a very unique and compelling sound to the concert stage. You will hear original Spanish influenced music combined with opera, Bach, Leonard Cohen, jazz standards, east Indian rhythms played with Feriante’s creative banjo and ukulele techniques, fiery South American songs, early music and improvisations on the Beatles. Improvisation, humor and storytelling are a big part of the concept of the the Entourage.

Steve Thoreson

Tenor
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Steve Thoreson is a classically trained opera singer with a voice that has been compared to that of Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from North Bend, Washington, Steve competed in singing competitions growing up and later was sent by the Seattle Opera to study in Siena, Italy. Steve’s singing has taken him to twenty-one countries, performing in churches, piazzas, concert halls, for heads of state, dignitaries and audiences of all types.

In 2011 Steve competed in Sweden’s Got Talent (Talang). The competition lasted 4 months and at the end Steve took first place in the musical portion and came in second place overall. Steve continues his professional music career around the Pacific Northwest and plans to return annually to Europe.

Stella Rossi

Paraguayan Dancer
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Originally from Asuncion, Paraguay, Stella started her artistic career at the young age of 3. She studied at one of the most important Art Schools in Paraguay were she graduated with a Master’s Degree. At the age of 15 she was chosen to join the National Ballet Folklorico Municipal of Asuncion, Paraguay and became principal dancer.

With this Ballet Company she represented her country as an ambassador of the Paraguayan culture in several International Festivals around the world. She initiated her professional singing career as a soprano with the choral group “Marandu” in Asuncion, developing then through the years as a singer and guitarist with several bands throughout the US as well as in Europe. Stella also performs with her own band, Deseo Carmin.

Anil Prasad

World Fusion Musician
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Anil Prasad began playing percussion at the age of seven, and accompanied his mother, Prabha Devi, a famous Indian vocalist and sitar player. He was recruited to the Husky Drumline out of high school and became the Husky Drumline section leader for two consecutive years.

Anil is a student of tabla masters, Tor Dietrichson, Ustad Akram Khan, and Ustad Zakir Hussain and records and performs with many western, world music, and Indian groups in Seattle and beyond including Tarana World Fusion and sitar master, Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee.

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Basses & Guitars
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