André Vida

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André Vida
Born 1974 (1974)
Origin United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Instrumentalist, lyricist, composer
Instruments Saxophone
Associated acts Anthony Braxton, Ghost Trance Ensemble, Jamie Lidell, Brandon Evans, Dominique Eade, Anri Sala

André Vida (born 1974) is Hungarian-American saxophonist, lyricist, avant-garde musician and experimental composer based in Berlin.[1] Vida has been on the forefront of several major developments in experimental music, including his membership in Anthony Braxton’s original Ghost Trance Ensemble, as founding member of New York collective the CTIA, performances with The Tower Recordings and subsequent ‘freak folk’ groups.


In 1995 Vida moved to New York City and co-founded the The Creative Trans-Informational Alliance Presents (CTIA) with Brandon Evans and Dominique Eade.[2]

In 2001 Vida moved to Berlin and soon after launched the Kreuzberg suite, a once a week concert series with Vida and a frequently changing musical guest creating improvisational music around the subject of "Fish And Green".[3]

He was awarded his MFA in Experimental Sound Practices in 2005 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Music.[4][5]

His musical language is informed by an awareness of the human body and its limits. Vida worked in a collaboration with Anri Sala for the exhibition "3-2-1" at The Serpentine Gallery in London. Vida was scheduled to perform over 400 improvisational saxophone concerts over the course of 51 days (from October 1 to November 20, 2011).[6][7]

Vida was an Eyebeam Honorary Fellow in 2013.[8][9]

In 2013, as part of the Global Art Forum 7, Vida performed "Score" at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, challenging the question what if we spoke music instead of words?[10]

2015 Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair London presented a live performance by Anri Sala in collaboration with André Vida. The piece is called To Each His Own (in Bridges), it is based on 74 pieces of music, combining fragments of jazz, folk, and pop songs played on the saxophone, clarinet and trombone.[11]

In 2016 Vida participated in the art exhibition, "Anri Sala: Answer Me,” at the New Museum in New York City.[12] Vida live improvises sound with his saxophone next to a video of Jemeel Moondoc’s performance, shot on the balcony of a building in Berlin.[12]

Vida has collaborated with artists such as; Elton John, MV & EE, Anaïs Croze, Kevin Blechdom, Oni Ayhun, Tim Exile, Anri Sala, James Tenney, David Rosenboom, Sonny Simmons, Cecil Taylor, Lee Ranaldo, Heatsick, Jim O'Rourke, Dean Roberts, Tony Buck, Hildur Gudnadottir, Jimmy Edgar, Chilly Gonzales, Mocky, Tyshawn Sorey, Susie Ibarra, Guillermo E. Brown, and many others.[13]


As band leader :

  • 2011 – BRUD Volumes I - III: 1995-2011[14]
  • 2008 – 1956: Solo Saxophone[15]
  • 2007 – I don't know what's wrong with me: Solo Saxophone and Poetry
  • 2005 – Child Real Eyes (with Anthony Braxton, Loren Dempster, Tyshawn Sorey)
with Jamie Lidell
with The Tower Recordings CD
  • 2001 – Folkscene[16]
With Anthony Braxton
with Anthony Braxton, Sonny Simmons, Brandon Evans, Shanir Blumenkranz, and Mike Pride
with Brandon Evans and Dominique Eade
  • 1995 – The Sky Has Melted Away[2]
with Brandon Evans Quintet (Hildegard Kleeb, André Vida, Joe Fonda, Eric Rosenthal, Brandon Evans)
  • 1994 – Composition No. 8 'Pinnacles & Tentacles'[17]


  1. ^ "Andre Vida". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Brandon Evans / Andre Vida / Dominique Eade [CTIA-NYC] 1995". Brandon Evans. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Kultur, Jazz: Melodien für die Nachbarin". Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Composer Cat Lamb Featured in The Wire". News From California Institute of the Arts. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Alumni 2005 | Experimental Sound Practices". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Anri Sala at Serpentine". Beverley Knowles. 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Serpentine Gallery Review: '3-2-1' - Andre Vida at Anri Sala exhibition". LondonJazz News. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  8. ^ "André Vida |". Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Rizomatika: September 2013". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Global Art Forum 7: SCORE (Performance by Andre Vida)". YouTube. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  11. ^ "VernissageTV: Anri Sala (with André Vida): To Each His Own (in Bridges). Live Performance". YouTube. VernissageTV. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  12. ^ a b Smith, Roberta (2016-02-04). "‘Anri Sala: Answer Me’ Offers Symphonic Experience From Floor to Floor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  13. ^ "PAN20 Andre Vida – Brud: Volumes I-III | PAN". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  14. ^ "André Vida* - Brud: Volumes I-III (1995-2011)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  15. ^ "Album 1956, by André Vida". Bandcamp. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  16. ^ "THE TOWER RECORDINGS - Folkscene". Boomkat. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Brandon Evans [Quintet] Wesleyan 1994 Hildegard Kleeb, André Vida, Joe Fonda, Eric Rosenthal". Brandon Evans. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 

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