Electric bass and upright bass teacher
Teaching days: Thursdays and Fridays
Studies: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Integrative Music Studies, Concordia University
Influences: Rock, jazz & blues
André started to play the guitar at the age of 14 after which he moved onto the electric bass at the age of 19. From 1987 until 1990. he studied the double bass and the electric bass at the Cégep de Drummondville where he graduated with a D.E.C. (diploma in collegial studies) in popular music. In 1990, he pursued his music studies at Concordia University where he obtained a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Integrative Music Studies.
Rather versatile, André worked for musical groups of various styles transitioning from rock to jazz, traditional Quebec music to Middle Eastern, funk to contemporary and improvisation. As a leader of several projects, André was one of the founders of “NUTSAK” whose “Failed musician” album was released in 2008 and “The American Devices” with whom he recorded a self-titled album. He has also participated in various jazz projects. He collaborated on the composition and recording of music for the theatre and film (Cruising Quebec, Les Signes Vitaux…).
Among the musicians he has performed with are; Dave Turner, Paul Dolden, Jeri Brown, Tom Walsh, John Heward, Tristan Honsinger, Damo Suzuki, Sam Shalabi, Simon Lapointe, Jean Derome, Mauricio Solis and Tricot Machine.
André speaks French and English fluently and gets by in German.