Andrey Gonçalves is an Illinois transplant Brazilian bassist. He holds a Masters in Music Performance from Campbellsville University and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught the bass studio for three years and directed several combos as a graduate teaching assistant. His dissertation focuses on whole-body engagement and preventative care in bass playing, blending music education with kinesiology, and healthy habits in music performance.
As a bassist, Mr. Gonçalves has performed with jazz names such as Frank Gambale, Chuchito Valdés, and Ron Bridgewater; the Champaign-Urbana Symphonic Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Civic Orchestra, and Sacred Winds Ensemble; the pop cellist Ben Sollee, and the trombone quartet Maniacal 4. Also, he has toured Europe, Argentina, and the United States. As a studio musician, he has recorded bass tracks for more than twenty-two albums, produced five records, and composed three game soundtracks.
Releasing the album Nocturnal Geometries in October 2020, Andrey is proud to present his debut work recorded with his jazz sextet.
During his free time he loves to watch movies, jog in the park, and play board games with his wife, Kayla.