"When asked the crass question "And what is your real day job?" the unequivocal response from Andréa, her bass player Stefano Valdo and drummer Robin Tufts is that they are full time professional musicians. That they possess a degree of professionalism is more than self evident in their on stage demeanour and commitment to technical and musical excellence." - Rod Wilson, Studio 64, Kimberley BC
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When you watch Andréa performing with her trio you will notice right away that they appear happy and joyful on stage. Their philosophy is to remain true to the music, true to themselves. The music flows from an honest place which the audience not only sees but feels.
The trio focuses on Andréa's original compositions and arrangements which can be described as modem and fresh without being outside. The band members are in demand musicians with lengthy musical backgrounds, education, knowledge and experience. The players contribute much sensitivity and inventiveness as well as allow great room for creativity, exploration, formation and colour within their music.
Andréa's debut album, "It's About Time" was recorded and released in 2014. The CD has been very well received and has achieved airplay on Canadian college and campus stations, CBC, CKUA radios including airplay throughout the United States, Hawaii, South Africa, Australia and on some Europe stations. It has steadily appeared on top 10 charts, # 1 slots and has charted consistently on JazzWeek charting publication.
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Is an experienced Performer, Studio Musician and Music Educator. Born in Northern Italy, he studied classical guitar and double bass at the local Conservatory.
While attending the University of Architecture in Venice (Italy), Stefano formed the poprock band "CANTON", During this period, the band released several singles. One of them reached the top-twenty charts in Italy with 250,000 copies sold.
In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles to study jazz arranging and composition at the Grove School of Music. After completion of the two-year program, Stefano immersed himself into the L.A. music scene and as a freelance musician for live performances and studio sessions. It was at this time that he joined the Grove School of Music Faculty, assisting noted music educator Mark Harrison in the General Musicianship and Small Group Arranging classes.
As Stefano's reputation as an educator grew, in 1996 he joined Harrison School of Music as Bass Program coordinator. During his five years at the Harrison School, Stefano wrote the class curriculum for the Bass Program. At the same time, he kept refining his instrumental skills by taking private lessons with bassists Miroslav Vitous, Dave Holland, and Jeff Berlin and Joel Dibartolo.
In 1999, Stefano earned his Master of Music degree from California State University at Long Beach. While at CSULB, he taught theory and ear training classes for the Undergraduate Program and continued to produce, record and perform for numerous independent projects. Among them he produced and arranged a twelve-piece jazz band album entitled, "L.A. Supper Club", and two CD's for noted flamenco group, Sarkis Quatro for which he also served as Music Director. Among top jazz artists Stefano has performed with are: Ed Shaughnessy, Greg Bissonette, Justo Almario, Bobby Shew, Buddy Collette, Mike Whitaker, Jay Daversa, Jimmy Smith, Phil Dwyer and Caroll WeIsman.
Stefano and his family moved to Calgary in 2006 where he keeps a busy schedule performing and recording for television and radio commercials and various independent artists. Since 2008 he has been educating aspiring young jazz musicians at Ambrose University where he has been appointed as Jazz Program Coordinator conducting jazz ensembles, the Ambrose University Jazz Band and teaching jazz theory and jazz composing classes. His latest jazz} fusion project, The Moving Instant has gained national attention since the release of the first self titled CD.
Robin is a drummer and percussionist and dance accompanist. He very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing with The Keith Smith Trio, The Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, The Northern Lights Jazz Quartet, Gary Wolfe and Mark DeJong. Other performing and accompanying credits include, the celtic group Seanachie, the klezmer band Klezmerovits, flamenco guitarist Peter Knight, Lynn Miles, Ann Gray, George Blondhiem, The Bob Day Quartet, the poet Sheri-d Wilson, Guido Basso, Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Dance, Dancers Studio West and Stage West. He is currently the group leader of the accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. Robin has, in the past year, begun a re-exploration of his life long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has lead to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark and Austin Tufts so far.
Robin can be heard on the following recordings: Time 4 Change – Lorna MacLachlan 2011, Northern Lights/Altai Khangai 2009, Afterthought – The Keith Smith Trio 2009, Telegraphy – Lorna MacLachlan 2008, Two Trees – Lorna MacLachlan 2007, Gordon McCulloch – Gordon McCulloch 2008, SunUp – Gary Wolfe 2007, Blue Comedy – Vibré 2006, Klezmerovitz - Klezmerovitz 2004. As a member of the Northern Lights Jazz Quartet Robin has twice travelled to Mongolia performing at the Giant Steppes Jazz festival and collaborating with the traditional Mongolian folk group Altai Khangai.
As a member of Seanachie Robin has co-written and co-produced four albums: Telling Tales – Seanachie 1997 / A Quarrel With Whisky – Seanachie 1999 / A Parting Cup – Seanachie 2002 / Five Days In April – Seanachie with Raven (from Portland Oregon) 2002. Seanachie has performed at many major folk festivals and folk clubs including The Calgary Folk Festival, The South Country Fair, The Canmore Folk festival, The Island Folk Fest in Duncan B.C. and the First Celtic Gathering in Montevideo Uruguay.
Robin has given workshops in rhythm, jazz drumming, percussion, and dance accompaniment at the University of Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Dance, high schools in Calgary, and internationally in Poland, Mongolia and Uruguay.