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06/03/1973 - São Bernardo do Campo - SP - Brazil

André Gonzales started studying drums and symphonic percussion in the year of 1982, at the famous Brazilian art school Fundação das Artes de São Caetano do Sul, with teachers José Eduardo Lennert, Alfredo Lima and Carmo Bartoloni.

At 14 he was already teaching and performing professionally, and started writing, singing and playing other instruments, like electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, and piano. Later he attended classes at the Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical, school created by the traditional Brazilian jazz and bossa-nova group, Zimbo Trio. Afterwards he studied with the renowned drummer, Duda Neves.

In over 35 years of music, Gonzales recorded countless albums, soundtracks and advertising scores, and played with many stars and artists like O Terço, Celso Pixinga, Ricky Furlani, Jane Duboc, Egberto Gismonti, Gilberto Gil, Grooves & Afins, Audiofílicos - Tributo a Dave Matthews Band, Fireball - Tributo a Deep Purple, Roberto Justus, Paulo Ricardo, Marina Elali, Claudia Leite, Agnaldo Rayol, Hebe Camargo, Léo Maia, Iveline, Dalvan, Fernando Forni, Red, Pornograffitti, Steve Morse & Dixie Dregs Tribute, Hits Again, Junkie Box, Thunderbird & Devotos DNSA, Gwen Leathers (USA), Gabrielle Goodman (USA) e Nicky French (UK), among many others.

André is a columnist for Modern Drummer Brasil magazine, writing educational and technical articles.

Gonzales is a teacher since 1987, and the author of BEAT: Complete Method For The Drumset - a collection of 09 books, with around 900 pages - for children, beginners, intermediate and advanced drummers. He also does coaching for teachers.

Gonzales is releasing two more educational works this year: Beat KIDS! and O Baterista Criativo.

With Felipe Drago, Gonzales is co-creator of SoulDrums initiative, which aims to incite constructive debates and the union of the international drummers class.

Besides teaching in his private studio, Gonzales plays with awarded record-selling artist Dave Maclean, the power-trio SuperOverDrive, and the groove-oriented Funkacid. He also continues his work as a session drummer, sideman and freelancer.

André Gonzales endorses Pearl drums and Paiste cymbals.