Born in Lisbon, André Carvalho is a double bassist and composed, based in New York since 2014, whose music is descried by AllAboutJazz.com as of “gentle beauty that brings you back to repeat listens” and by Jazz.pt as “so diverse as consistent, that confirms the predicates of a musician with much to enrich jazz”.
With three releases under his name, André shows a highly personal perspective in music. His third album, which came out in May 2019, “The Garden Of Earthly Delights”, the double bassist and composer presents an inspired aural universe, inspired by the enigmatic work of the artist Hieronymus Bosch, particularly one of his most famous paintings – “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. Carvalho wrote a suite of music that serves as an invitation for a journey. Shifting between softness and harshness, simplicity and complexity, harmony and conflict, the music flows between soundscapes inspired by the triptych.
His first two albums, “Hajime” and “Memória de Amiba” showed Carvalho's highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects received rave reviews from Portuguese and International critics. Carvalho was awarded the "Carlos Paredes" prize in 2012, a prestigious honor that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a "Best Group" recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition.
AllAboutJazz has asserted that Carvalho’s compositions are, “impressively well-structured”, and that, “his writing offers scope for different textures and layers of sound that often give the sensation of a much larger ensemble, but he’s not afraid to give space to just one or two players at a time, creating some memorable performances as a result.” Indeed, on “The Garden Of Earthly Delights”, Carvalho’s “attractive compositional voice well founded in the modern trends of jazz” (in JazzTrail), gives us a dark, brooding landscape, full orchestral textures with just a sextet, polyphony worthy of New Orleans, a dose of avant-garde and the drama of Fado; all of this on the first track, “Prelude”.
Carvalho has toured intensively in Europe, the United States and Egypt, both as leader and sideman, playing at internacional festivals such as Cairo Jazz Fetival, Festival de Jazz de Viseu, 50th Jazz Festival Ljubliana, Serralves em Festa, Bundes Jazz Festival, Festa do Jazz or in venues like Barbican Center, Finlandia Talo, Basel Messe, Aula Magna, CCB, Casa da Música, Porgy & Bess, Konzerthaus Berlin, Nacional Auditorium of Music - Madrid, Lisinki Concert Hall, Cornelia Street Café, Palais des Beaux-arts - Brussels, among many others. Carvalho has performed with jazz musicians like Chris Cheek, Will Vinson, Ian Froman, Colin Stranahan, André Matos, Tommy Crane, Vinnie Sperrazza, Mário Laginha, Billy Mintz, Maria João, European Movement Jazz Orchestra, among many others.
He has also achieved outstanding results after being awarded several grants such as GDA Foundation to record “Memória de Amiba”, GDA Foundation for a tour in Summer 2016 with his group all around Portugal, Instituto Camões grant to present his music in Egypt, Cultural Ministry and the Portuguese Embassy in Bucharest grants, which brought his group to Romania, among others.
André’s accomplishments extend beyond the jazz world. Carvalho has performed with classical orchestras including the Ibero-American Orchestra (under Gustavo Dudamel), Anton Webern Orchestra (under Franz Welser- Most and Heinrich Schiff), Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (under Michael Zilm), among others, as well as contemporary ensembles such as Octothorpe. His interest in Fado, Portugal’s tradicional music, led him to perform with important names of this genre, such as Carlos do Carmo and Cristina Branco.
Carvalho has also played with the legendary Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil on a European tour which passed by England (Barbican Center, London), Finland (Finlandia-talo, Helsinki), Italy (Teatro Francesco Cilea, Reggio Calabria) and Switzerland (Messe Basel, Basel).
As a Fulbright grantee, Carvalho relocated to the United States in 2014 where he finished his Master of Music (MM) in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music. André started his music studies in Lisbon at the Academia de Amadores de Música (with Fernando Flores) and the Hot Clube de Portugal, while finishing his first Bachelor (in Computer Engineering). Carvalho also has a Bachelor in Classical Double Bass (in the class of Josef Niederhammer) from the University of Music Vienna, Austria.
André studies privately with Sam Yahel and has studied with international musicians such as Ari Hoenig, Ben Street, Matt Brewer, etc.