André Mestre is a Brazilian composer and sound-artist based in the Massachusetts. His works often comment on objects that are culturally inherited—be they aesthetic or conceptual. In his music mannerisms are invariably contextually displaced and their formal affect resynthesized. His acoustic and electronic works have been performed across North America by some of its leading ensembles such as the JACK and the Cecilia string quartets. He has also worked in close collaboration with saxophone virtuosa Allison Balcetis on many projects. His music has been programmed in the US, in Brazil, Italy, China, and across Canada.
André has taken part in many festivals and workshops devoted to adventurous repertoire such as Beijing Modern (2015), Campos do Jordão (São Paulo, 2015), Soundstreams (Toronto, 2014), SALT (Victoria-CAN, 2013), Array (Toronto, 2013), and soundSCAPE (Maccagno, 2010; 12). In the fall of 2013 he was a composer-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a doctoral student at Boston University where he studies with Joshua Fineberg and Alex Mincek under a CAPES-Science Without Borders fellowship. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelors' from State University of Campinas.
An active member in his community, André is a 2015/16 ‘Rising Artist’ with Arts Connect International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and connect leaders in the arts field committed to cultural and social inclusion. He is also a 2014 Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award recipient by the City of Edmonton, and the artistic director of Curto-Circuito, a pedagogical program and concert series in Brazil that champions the music of emergent Brazilian artists.
Research interests: musique concrète instrumentale; new music semiotics; indexicality; C. S. Peirce; Salvatore Sciarrino; alternative notations; transhumanism; bio-feedback electronics; Alvin Lucier; Grotowski's Poor Theatre and Para-theatre, Antonin Artaud.