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Bio

Andre Sudol is a drummer and composer based out of Boston and Los Angeles with an objective to strike a balance between intricate composition and adventurous improvisation. Drawing from his knowledge and influence of post-bop, free jazz, 20th century classical music and film music, Andre strives to emphasize and revitalize music as a storytelling medium to captivate modern audiences.

 

Andre believes that music’s abstraction allows deeper engagement with the listener’s imagination, perhaps more than any other art form. This has become Andre’s goal as a musician: to take full advantage of music’s capacity for storytelling through a balance of highly-arranged writing and boundaryless improvisation. When one plays music with complete intention, vulnerability, honesty, and compassion, it will fully captivate any audience. Andre strongly believes that the intensity of these experiences has a uniquely powerful unifying and healing quality that serves to improve the world.

 

An active member of the South Florida and Los Angeles professional music scenes for more than 8 years, Andre has performed extensively in many musical contexts, such as jazz, reggae, salsa, pop and rock. In 2021, he completed a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Southern California (USC), where he rigorously studied jazz and improvised music on drum set under the mentorship of Grammy award-winning drummer Peter Erskine. During his time at USC, Andre nurtured his passion for composition while studying jazz, classical and film composition under Russell Ferrante and Vince Mendoza. Andre recently completed a Master’s degree at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied under artists such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and Dave Liebman.

 

Andre has written and arranged for world-renowned artists, including an all-star band of Kurt Elling, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Terri Lyne Carrington, and has led and written extensively for jazz and chamber ensembles of varying orientations, including a piece following a narrated story inspired by – and featuring the same orchestration as – Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat.”

 

Today, Andre works at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the Liesenfeld BGJI Endowed Assistantship, where he serves as an academic assistant to the prestigious visiting artists and acts as a mentor and tutor to the students. Andre performs regularly with the Stephen Scott Trio and leads/composes for genre-defying groups dedicated to emphasizing music’s rich storytelling capabilities.

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