Sunday, June 29, 2014

CD Review – Novella: Ukulele Mosaique, by Andre Feriante

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.

--Raj Manoharan

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