Fred Andrade

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Fred Andrade
Birth name Frederico Cunha Andrade
Genres Rock, jazz, Brazilian rhythms
Occupation(s) musician, composer
Instruments Guitar, acoustic guitar, Viola caipira
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Ebel Perrelli
Noise Viola

Fred Andrade is a Brazilian musician and composer. Active in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, he has played with many famous artists, such as Elba Ramalho, Quinteto Violado, Heraldo do Monte, Naná Vasconcelos, Lula Queiroga, Dominguinhos and Lenine.[1] He was also member of the instrumental groups Mandinga and Noise Viola.


Fred Andrade started playing guitar when he was 8 years old, influenced by his friends. When he was 15, he studied guitar with Edson Melo and, two years later, he started his musical career, accompanying some artists of the Recife. In 1992, he started his graduation course for Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, which he concluded years later. During his career, he played with many famous artists of Brazil and participated of several music festivals and contests, such as Canta Nordeste, Festival do Sesc, Festival de Inverno de Garanhuns and Cascavel Jazz Festival. He composed many jingles and elaborated the soundtrack for the short movie O velho, o mar e o lago, by Camilo Cavalcante, which won many awards.[citation needed] He also composed the soundtrack for Festival de Cinema Nacional.[1][2]

In 2000, he recorded his debut album, named Ilusões a granel.[2] In 2001, he joined the group Anynote Jazz Quartet, with Sidor Hulak (guitar), Hélio Silva (bass) and Ebel Perrelli (drums), which attracted many music students during its shows.[3] In 2002, also with Perrelli, he started a musical project with the objective of mix rock and Brazilian rhythms. It was called Projeto Mandinga and lasted some months. During this period, Perrelli and Andrade did many shows in Brazil and recorded an album.[4] This work was very acclaimed by people and experts.[5]

In 2003, after finishing Projeto Mandinga, Andrade joined Paulo Barros for creating the instrumental band Noise Viola, which mixes classical music and popular rhythms from Pernambuco. In this band, he made several shows and recorded one album, which received the name of the group and were very acclaimed by music critics.[6][7] Parallel to this work, Andrade continued his solo career and recorded other three albums: Guitarra de rua (2005), Farra de anjo (2006) and Pele da alma (2009).[8]

Andrade also organized many festivals around Brazil. In 2006, with Celso Pixinga, he organized Guitar Player Festival, in Recife. The event was positively criticized and counted with the participation of the best Brazilian guitar players.[9]

Along his career, he also played and recorded with many other artists and bands, such as Treminhão and Sa Grama.Actually, Andrade is still member of Noise Viola. He also teaches in Conservatório Pernambucano de Música and Centro de Educação Musical de Olinda and realizes many show and workshops around Brazil.[8][10][11]


As leader[edit]

  • 2000: Ilusões a granel
  • 2002: Mandinga, with Ebel Perrelli
  • 2005: Guitarra de rua
  • 2006: Farra de anjo
  • 2009: Pele da alma

With Noise Viola[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Workshop de guitarra". Jornal A União (in Portuguese). 6 January 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "2º Prêmio Syngenta de Música Instrumental de Viola terá eliminatória no Recife com show de Ivan Vilela". Direção Cultura (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bandas ensaiam volta do circuito underground". JC Online (in Portuguese). 4 May 2001. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mallavoodoo e Projeto Mandinga na Torre Malakoff". (in Portuguese). 7 December 2001. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chuvas prejudicam os shows de sábado". JC Online (in Portuguese). 14 July 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Vitorino, Bruno (1 June 2007). "Mariano Otero & Noise Viola". Clube de Jazz (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Rocha, Rodolfo (25 September 2007). "Noise Viola". Guitar Player (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Carvalho, João (14 August 2009). "Fred Andrade é Pele da Alma". Realejo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Toledo, Marcos (5 October 2006). "Guitarristas duelam em três noites de virtuosismo". JC Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Fred Andrade". Jazz PE (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Edu Ardanuy e Fred Andrade fazem workshop de guitarra e show no Conservatório". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 April 2010. 

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