Hello and welcome to my HomePage.
My name is André Ferrari, and I am a professional drummer, bassplayer, composer, arranger & teacher.
Born, raised and residing in Stockholm, Sweden.
I am currently playing with Bokanté, a new raising world music group lead by Michael League (Snarky Puppy), besides occasional stints with different Swedish artists. My main focus, when I'm not performing, is teaching and helping musicians around the world develop a deeper experience of rhythm, sounds and coordinating polyrhythms.
My mission is to share my knowledge and my experience, and helping others become more familiar and comfortable with odd meters and complex grooves. I love it! (Since being a Frank Zappa-fan since young age.)
In order to do this I have created tailor made lessons and practice tools, which I share on my homepage. I’ve also developed some philosophical angles on how to tackle life and creativity through rhythm.
I’ve been a teacher since 1995, and I’ve given many different lectures on rhythm, among them ”Taking care of relations – in time”. Recently I’ve been working with two other lectures:
Rhythmic relations “Teambuilding for the big or small company – how to create a better, and more groovy, collaboration between people", and
Rhythmic meditation “How to create a flow and mindfulness through listening”.
These are tools and mindsets that have helped me along the way through recording and touring with international artists like Michael Bolton, Celin Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Young and Hall & Oats and Esa Pekka Salonen. But also with national artists such as Anders Glenmark, Robyn, Carola, Tommy Körberg, Eva Dahlgren and many, many others.
Do you want to know more about me?
2005 I was the musical director and bandleader for the very famous street dance company ”Bounce” in the show ”Bounce live”.
And between 1994-2004 I was a member of the Swedish neo/traditional music group ”VÄSEN”. Working in this band I developed my love for combining sounds that would fit together with instruments like “nyckelharpa” (Swedish traditional keyed fiddle), viola and 12-stringed acoustic guitar.
Combining sounds from unexpected sources in complex rhythms, are still my biggest interest and my biggest source of inspiration. And it was one of my compositions, ’Shapons Vindaloo’, recorded on ’Världens Väsen' 1997, that brought me together with the bandleader of Snarky Puppy, Michael League, in the spring of 2014. Which has resulted in the collaboration with Bokanté.
Enjoy my website and don’t hesitate to get in touch!