In the forefront of Brazilian contemporary musicians as instrumentalist, arranger, and producer, André Dequech has worked with Chet Baker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Michel Legrand, Pat Metheny, Nina Simone, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Egberto Gismonti, Francis Hime, Hélio Delmiro, Hermeto Paschoal, Leny Andrade, Luís Eça, Márcio Montarroyos, Nana Caymmi, Nivaldo Ornelas, Paulo Moura, Radamés Gnattali, Toninho Horta, Victor Assis Brasil, Wagner Tiso, and others. With important influence as a producer, he was in charge of the first independent CD to be released in Brazil, Anjo Torto (by Celso Adolfo, 1990). Dequech has performed regularly as a duo with Toninho Horta in Japan, U.S., and Europe. Dequech started his musical learning at five. After studying the violin and the piano at the State University of Minas Gerais, he graduated in musicology at Sorbonne (Paris, France), furthering his studies in electronic music at the Vincennes University. There he attended seminars ministered by Pierre Boulez at the College de France, researched at the IRCAM (Georges Pompidou Center), and also had Nadia Boulanger as his professor. In 1981 he founded the group Alquimia with Robertinho Silva, Zeca Assumpção, and Mauro Senise. His first LP, released in 1982 with originals, was awarded with the Pixinguinha prize for Instrumental Music. In the same year, he produced the complete works for piano by Lorenzo Fernandez with the pianist Miguel Proença; this work yielded the Villa-Lobos award. The LP Bom Dia (Juarez Moreira, 1989), produced by him, won the Free Som and Concorrência Fiat awards.
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