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by Andre Feriante

Andre Feriante, world class Spanish/Classical/Flamenco guitarist applies the right hand technique taught to him by Andre Segovia and his unique and passionate compositional style to the 3, 4, 5, and 6 string ukuleles.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rio By Night
5:24 $0.99
2. Of Wing and Wing
4:05 $0.99
3. Ophelia's Joy
3:42 $0.99
4. Arabesque
5:21 $0.99
5. Durango
4:01 $0.99
6. La Portuguesa
5:02 $0.99
7. Sweet Nadine
4:13 $0.99
8. Easy Heart
3:21 $0.99
9. Othello's Dream
4:26 $0.99
10. Eyes in the Forest
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
My new album, Novella, Ukulele Mosaique is an exploration into musical storytelling. Like many great works of art, the album came about by accident. I brought the instruments that David Poplar had made for me to Vertigo Productions to sample some sounds and delve into the future idea of recording a CD. I have to say a little magic was happening that day. As I would record with each ukulele, Brad the engineer would ask me for a title. Normally when playing around in the studio, I don’t worry about song titles. However, this was a special day in that I went ahead and gave him a title and proceeded to create a soundscape based on that title. Novella, Ukulele Mosaique is the result of those magical moments.



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Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The mention of a ukulele often conjures up images of swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, and women in grass skirts dancing the hula. However, the instrument far transcends this stereotype and is actually quite versatile in the right hands – in this case, the hands of guitar virtuoso Andre Feriante, who has studied with world-renowned classical guitarist Andres Segovia. The similarity of a ukulele to a nylon string guitar makes it a natural for exploration by Andre, whose music is a sensual contemporary blend of classical, flamenco, and Brazilian styles, all of which are heard on the album, and much more.

The first track, entitled “Rio By Night” is, obviously, a Brazilian-flavored tune that Andre describes as “taking you to a night in Brazil, the calm on the beach after an adventure has ended.” It is hauntingly beautiful with a romantic air about it. One of the things I found most striking about this song, and the music in general is that many listeners, if they didn’t know that it was being played on a ukulele, might assume it was a nylon string flamenco guitar. Reflecting a very different culture is “Arabesque” with its Moorish influence. One of my favorite songs is a light airy piece called “Easyheart,” which he describes as: “the feeling of Sundays in Italy where leisure, food and wine are endless.” Drawing from another time and place is “Othello’s Dream,” which evokes Shakespearean England.

All I can say is that if you think you know what ukulele music sounds like Novella will be a revelation. It certainly was for me. I’ve never heard the instrument played with such a variety of styles and influences. Although it is not surprising, given the diversity of Andre’s musical catalog over the past couple decades. Having listened to some of his earlier recordings, I had no idea how his distinctive style would translate to the ukulele, but what he does on these instruments is impressive, to say the least. There is no denying that his technique is stellar, although the creativity and feeling behind his playing is stunning as well. Andre Feriante is a masterful musician who has made a name for himself with his guitar virtuosity, yet continues to experiment and expand his horizons with new and innovative sounds.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
When I received "Novella: Ukelele Mosaique" for review, my thoughts immediately turned to Tiny Tim and “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” Oh puh-leeze!!! A whole album of improvised ukelele music? Good thing I was feeling adventurous or I would have missed out on a truly unique musical experience. Guitar virtuoso Andre Feriante met master craftsman David Poplar at one of Feriante’s Seattle-area guitar concerts and the two collaborated on making five different versions of the ukelele. One is a six-string model with a ukelele body and a guitar neck; there is a five-string version; a tenor four-string; a three-string ukelele that looks and sounds like an ancient Celtic instrument; and a traditional concert model. Trained as a classical guitarist from a very young age (including a stint with the legendary Andres Segovia), there is a much stronger Latin/Spanish influence in these ten improvisations (all recorded in a single night) than the Hawaiian stylings usually associated with the ukelele. The liner notes indicate which instrument was used as well as descriptions of each song. An experiment in musical storytelling, Novella is a one-of-a kind listening experience that incorporates Celtic, Spanish, Italian, Hawaiian and American blues influences that reflect Feriante’s world travels and eclectic artistry.

"Novella" begins with “Rio By Night,” which expresses the restful calm of the beach at the end of an adventure. Peaceful and very relaxed, it’s a beautiful beginning. “Of Wing and Wing” goes to Hawaii where exotic birds are dancing over the water. This magical piece conveys bright, sparkling water as well as the freedom of the colorful birds. “Arabesque” is a dark and haunting Moorish serenade played on the six-string ukelele (which sounds more like a fine classical guitar). “La Portuguesa” speaks to the uke’s Spanish Old World roots, and Feriante’s four-string ukelele also sounds very much like a full-sized classical guitar. Blues on the ukelele? Yep! “Sweet Nadine” delivers with the most American-sounding song on the album. “Othello’s Dream” is a light and gentle musical depiction of England during Shakespearean times. “Eyes In the Forest” is a dark minor-key exploration, much of which is played in the bass of the six-string ukelele. Free-form and haunting, it brings this fascinating album to a close.

Put aside your thoughts of what a traditional ukelele sounds like and prepare to be mesmerized by Andre Feriante’s new take on this instrument. Check it out!

Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
For those whose idea of ukulele music consists of Hawaiian hula chord playing, Andre Feriante casts those aspersions aside with his new genre-defying musical statement.

Trained by the master himself, Andre Segovia, Feriante is an accomplished and versatile classical, flamenco, and Spanish-style guitarist, and he brings those virtuosic sensibilities to the ukulele.

If I didn't know this was a ukulele album, I would have thought Feriante was playing traditional fingerstyle acoustic guitar. This is how unexpected, surprising, and original this album is, sounding nothing like typical ukulele music.

Feriante also ups the ante by performing each track with a different ukulele featuring anywhere from three to six strings.

If you think you're not into ukulele music, Andre Feriante just might change your tune.