Andre Feriante
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Andre Feriante

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music


"Seattle Noise: Andre Feriante"

The Andres Segovia-trained guitarist performs in a fluid, improvisational style that blends the spirit of Andalusian duende with flamenco, jazz standards, Brazilian music, original compositions and poetry. His repertoire encompasses a wide range of material, from Bach to Leonard Cohen.

"To me, playing the guitar is not so much about playing the guitar as it is about communicating -- telling the story and allowing those sweet moments of agreement to happen in our collective unconscious."

July 14, 2006 - Seattle PI

""An Exercise in Spanish Guitar Perfection"

"Andre Feriante - his style is so perfect, so precise and fresh that I had to go back into my cassettes and judge it against something I knew. It reminded me of the 1970's Christopher Parkening Album and some of John Barry's Spanish guitar albums. Now I am not making a comparison, it is just that I have not been so impressed with a Classical Spanish guitar performance since I can't remember when. Feriante's new album Bohemian Boulevard is a serious study in the classics, but with a surgeon's touch and a poet's soul. It enamors not only complex classical pieces, but Feriante's own spectacular improvisations using emotional themes of World music..." - The Sounding Board - R J Lannan

"It's all about emotion for acclaimed guitarist Feriante"

May 09th, 2008

"There's something about the guitar," says classical guitarist Andre Feriante. "It has a sound that just pulls at your heart."

That's especially true with Feriante, who spent part of his childhood in Yakima. His romantic, at times bittersweet style has been compared to Brazilian singer-guitarist Caetano Veloso, whose touching music was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-winning film, "Talk to Her."

Earning classical and new age fans, Feriante plays a neo-classical mix of flamenco, original compositions and improvisations.

"I have kind of deviated from the strict classical mentality," says Feriante, who next week will play a concert here. "I have almost a bit of a jazz mentality."

Lyrically, he's drawn comparisons to the recordings of poet-turned-folk singer Leonard Cohen. (Feriante is currently working on a CD of poetry and music that will most likely include a cover of Cohen's "Suzanne.")

For the 46-year-old Feriante, music is about emotion, about feeling. It's about people. And his concert here next week at The Seasons is about one person in particular, Feriante's mother, Helen.

Ever since The Seasons opened, says Feriante, his mom has been encouraging him to play at the downtown performance hall.

It's only fitting, then, that his May 16 concert comes only a handful of days after Mother's Day. (In fact, it's his first Yakima concert since a 2001 Mother's Day performance at Holy Family Chapel.)

Feriante was born in Naples, Italy, to Carlo and Helen Feriante while the two were missionaries in Italy. His childhood and teen years were spent living in Yakima -- his mom is originally from Sunnyside --and Manziana, a village just outside Rome.

As a young child, he says, he identified more with American culture. He loved baseball and hamburgers.

"But as a teenager, I became more Italian," he says from his home in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

Feriante was influenced by the flamenco tradition of Gypsies from Spain and Italy. He saw his first flamenco group at 13 while a student at the American Overseas School of Rome, and "that music spoke to me in a big way," says Feriante.

"When I was in Rome as a teenager," he adds, "I knew music was going to be my life."

After returning to the U.S. at 17, Feriante spent time in Yakima and Spokane, and Yakima again before settling in Seattle in the late 1980s after a divorce. (His youngest son, also named Andre, still lives here and is a Christian singer-songwriter.)

Since moving to Seattle, Feriante has earned a loyal international following. His album "Bohemian Boulevard" was named Best World Album of the year by as part of its 2005 LifeStyle Music Awards. And in February, Feriante played his 10th annual Valentine's Day concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

At his Yakima concert next week, Feriante plans to focus on his Spanish-style original compositions, as well as perform a special tribute to Andrés Segovia, considered the father of the modern classical guitar movement.

While living in Spokane, Feriante earned the opportunity -- after a couple of previous attempts -- to attend a master class taught by Segovia in Madrid.

"It was an incredible experience; he was 91 years old," says Feriante, who was nervous until he began playing.

"Then it was like playing for my father." - Yakima Herald, Kim Nowacki


Sleeping Lady Serenade
Bohemian Boulevard
Fuego de Luna
Anatome de Lune
The Arithmetic of Vanishing
Remembering You



Award winning guitarist/composer Andre Feriante gave his first concert in Rome as a teenager and within the past two and half decades he has performed in Europe, South America and though out the United States. Seattle-based Feriante is a Segovia-trained guitar artist who brings his sensual, contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speak to people from all walks of life.

Beneath the surface of the Spanish guitar sound is a current that gives Feriante’s music a certain power, Andre translates his respect and care for his fellow human being easily into his music, making it a place where emotions can be released. There is a mysterious quality to his music that transports one into the realms of myth and dream. Feriante was
recently interviewed on ‘The Beat’ (Seattle’s NPR affiliate), speaking about the healing qualities of music and can be found occasionally featured on Seattlle’s King fm, 98.1 for his radio program, la guitarra. Andre’s hope is that the passionate yet meditative qualities of his songs can bring his listeners inward to see our similarities as humans and create more peace and ease in the world.

Andre brings casual warmth to the stage and a wide variety of styles; you might hear music from Bach to Leonard Cohen, Jazz standards, a Flamenco improvisation with
poetry by Garcia Lorca or Feriante’s original compositions. His musical journey has allowed him to perform countless concerts at theaters, festivals, and clubs over the years. You may have seen him playing at Seattle’s Hempfest, performing the National Anthem at Seattle’s Key Arena for a Sonics Game, at the Kirkland Performance Center or at his Benaroy Hall annual Valentine’s Day Concert, now in its 13 year.