André Wall (b. 8th of October 1978 in Västerås, Sweden), is a Swedish-British singer and songwriter.
A guitarist, piano player and record-producer.
His main genres are folk rock, pop and americana.
He has performed frequently, with a backing group in Sweden, but mainly as a singer-songwriter soloartist.
He has performed acoustically, in Greenwich Village, New York. In Stockholm, Barcelona & London, since 1999.
A.W has released 2 studio albums globally, as a soloartist.
He is the founding member & composer of the critically acclaimed British folk/rock duo Invictus,
Invictus has released 3 studio albums globally.
(1 EP successfully Written&Released only for UK-Release in 2012
(In Celebration of Queen Elizabeth´s Diamond Jubilee)
He has produced and collaborated with several artists as a songwriter, co-writer and record-producer.
A.W produced his father Norman Walls´,
André won the Guardian Direct Nationals as a junior in Telford 1994. The achievement gave him a scholarship at Sutton Tennis Academy, South London the same year. Sutton Tennis Academy was a professionally structured school, giving their students a chance to combine studies and tennis practice, widely known for their excellent tennis&physical training-programme. The schooldays included lessions and 4 hours of tennis practice every day, divided in 2 sessions. The schooldays ending with a 40 minute physical workout.
AW studied his A-Levels at the ancient Cheam School. (Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a former pupil)
This combination and professional structure, motivated and was of vital importance for AW progress as a tennisplayer. He has mentioned in interviews that he was so fit during these years, that he can´t recall, ever feeling tired during a Tennismatch.
1 year later he became a professional tennis-player on the ATP-Tour and ITF-Circuit.
He played the Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon at the age of 16 in 1995, losing to Daniel Nestor, at that time ranked No 1 in the world in doubles.
This gave A.W a great experience and start on the ATP-Circuit
and he spent the next 4 years playing both Singles and Doubles on the Circuit, traveling weekly to play tournaments throughout Europe. During 1995-2001, he also played singles, for his hometown Club-Team "TK Aros”, in the National Senior Club-League, reaching "Division 1” in 1999.
He also represented his County ”Surrey” in the British National Doubles League. Playing over 100 matches, often with his older brother Christian Wall, Tennis-Pro since 1992.
André Wall is still one of the youngest tennis players ever to participate in the Mens singles in the Grand Slam tournament, Wimbledon, at the age of 16.
In 2000, AW entered new phaze of his life. After retiring from the Tennis-circuit, he now had the plenty of time, to try and pursuit his lifelong dream. A life and career within Music.
He is self taught in all instruments. Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele and Vocals. But later learnt to read Notes and Sheet-music for Classical-piano, while attending The Royal Music University in Stockholm in 2001, . AW would in later years also study Classical-Guitar and Choir-Singing, in the ”Chamber-Music Program” at Mälardalens Högskola, between 2010-2014.
He began writing songs in 1996, as a result of learning how to play the guitar. He advanced very quickly and instantly adapted the Travis fingerpicking-style, emphasizing the bass notes in every chord/strumming, and there by creating a richer chord sound. Soon he began to create his own melodies, with Swedish lyrics at first. It was love at first sight and in a somewhat profound way he knew, that from that day on, music-making would become his big passion and a lifelong companion.
Music became a full-time occupation, as he began his studies at
The Royal Music University, in Stockholm 2001.
The first courses were Pianobased Musictheory and Music History, studying the developments and structures of different Genres. Given the opportunity to spend time in Stockholm. AW began to frequantly perform there, singing and playing guitar. He joined cover-bands, to make new friends and reach more contacts within the music-scene. He soon learnt that performing covers, well-prepared, always was well-recieved with the audience, while performing a set with his own songs, didn´t gain the same interest. This served as a great time for developing as a Singer-songwriter.
An offer from a friend to help record a handfull of songs, was gratefully granted. Professionally recorded in Malmö, South of Sweden, by friend and Musician/Sound Enginer, Stefan Blixt. These recording-sessions helped AW develop his folk rock/soft-rock Sound on record. He would later write music in most Genres, but would always return to that Sound.
Pleased of having found his ”Sound”, he also returned home happy of now having Demog. A Cd containing 6 of his songs.
The Demo was widely shared at shows and sent to many different Labels.
2002 began with several Gig-opportunities, and AW teamed up with Lead-Guitarist Jim Frösslund. They spent a lot of time rehearsing many songs, to create a setlist for upcoming performences, many songs got a new
Electric guitar-driven sound. Spreading the Demo, had finally created some interest from Record Labels and AW got contacted by a few Indie Labels and EMI. They were interested to meet and AW went to Stockholm.. EMI liked the sound of the songs, but wanted to more of his songs before signing him. But told him to keep in touch, and get back when he had recorded more songs. After a few meetingss, AW finally received an offer by an Indie Label to make an album.
The album was finished within 2 months. All went smoothly thanks to the fact that nearly all the chosen songs, already were arranged on Demos or well rehearsed with Lead-Guitar Intros and Solos ready. Blixt of the Drum-Programming and overall Drum Sound and Frösslund played Lead-Guitar on nearly all songs. The album was named after the appealing song
”Dream Away”, and was released in the late summer of 2002.
A re-issue of the album was made 2012, With Cd&Download distribution made availiable globally once more.
”Dream Away 2002” and 1 added Track (Memories)
Little One Creations (c)&(p) and DFR.
Reviewed in Vestmanlands Läns Tidning by Anders Nyström:
"Strong melodies accompanied with Acoustic guitars and Electric guitar riffs, creating a cosy feeling. The Sound being similar to "Dire Straits" and "Chris Rea".
In September 2002, ”Dream Away” became
"Album of the month" in Vestmanlands Läns Tidning.
During 2003 André gradually developed as a songwriter, feeling himself through different music styles, resulting in, him wanting a more generic, Celtic sound..
Late 2004, André , driven and hopeful by his romantic Celtic-driven mission, began a Solo Tour. Playing at singer-songwriter type venues and showcases, in Central Stockholm at Pubs around Medborgarplatsen, and in several "Live” Music Pubs. Touring in England at different "Virtually Acoustic" shows in London.
Ending 2004 by reaching the last round at a Live Musical Competition on Baker street. Voted by a Jury of people from the British music industry. André won the contest and got the opportunity to tour in New York, Washington and Barcelona in 2005.
2005 was spent touring as a Singer-Songwriter and noticing an increased interest in British poems from the Romantic Era.
In 2005 Norman Wall, brought Andrés attention to some poems written during the 18-1900- Century. Written by such poets as Wordsworth, Lord Byron, W.E Henley and Cristina Rosetti, "Invictus " by W.E Henley soon became a favourite for both father and son. In a matter of weeks, André Wall had composed over twenty new melodies arranged together with as many poems. Leaving him with a very original and special new material of songs.
The first Invictus-album ”Out of the Night”, has a very organic and at times Celtic sound. The songs are sung or recited by André &Norman, acommpanied by André playing Grand piano, Acoustic&Electric guitar and Harmonica. The album also include a variety of classically trained musicians playing Celtic-sounding Cello, Violin and Double Bass.
The album soon achieved appreciation. Especially from the british listeners, who in reviews wrote that, the band brought those great old poems back to life.
The band name was taken in honour of the great poem by Henley. Invictus recorded the album "Out of the Night" 2007-2009. And have been performing in Sweden and Britain reguarly since 2005. "Out Of the Night" was released in May 2010 by the Label ”Little One Creations” (C) & (P) and Record company DFR. and contains 15 songs. The genre is Folkrock, World Music, Spoken Word and Chanson.
André had long been a visitor of Spain, and decided to move there in 2006. To get a chance to study the Catalan culture, music-tradition and enjoy Gaudi´s beautiful and prolific architecture. Living near Arc-Di Triumf, he quickly got into the way of living, and started to write Day-to-day Journals. Those diaries became the foundation on a bunch of songs he wrote in his flat on Classical-Guitar. The Catalan music-scene had a good influencial effect on his songwriting, which is most evidently heard on ”Catalan Theme”, ”Mi Corazón” and ”Barcelona”. The many compositions resulted in the successful and Critically acclaimed album, ”Barcelona Diaries”(2009) and the chart-topping single
The next release was the single ”Lucy”(2010).
The song reached the number 1 spot on (SNL) Swedish Radio Charts, in Juli and stayed there for 7 weeks. The Genre was European pop or Dance music.. Not similar to anything AW has released before. The Single got a lot of Downloads and was played by many stations 4-5 times a day. It did really well on the Westcoats and in South of Sweden.
The album and singles-success manifested in a tour around Sweden and at the end of the summer a Mini-Tour in New York. Playing in Harlem and performing in Greenwich Village again for the first time since 2005.
New York being his favourite place in the world, and especially Manhattan, André cherized every moment and walked past the ”Dakota Building” on 72 Street
(John Lennon´s final home), every day during his 2 week stay.
Happy to attend The Swedish Grammy Awards in 2010,2012-2014, and in 2015.
In 2012, André and Norman specially wrote and recorded the song ”Petal Pie Song”, and released it on June 1st, to honour Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, by celebrating her Diamond Jubilee as Queen. The album was given, to His Royal Highness Prince Charles, during his visit at the British Embassy in Stockholm in late March 2012.
André Wall and Norman Wall were officially invited to perform the song at the British Ambassadors Residence on November 11th 2012. They performed the song acoustically, with André playing the Grand Piano and singing, while Norman sang and recited.
The performance was well received and it was a proud moment for both father and son. A thrill, playing next to a big original Portrait of King George V.
The evening was hosted by the British Ambassador Paul Johnston. The evening was spent celebrating Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, and had around 60 invited guests.
In September 2013 the single ”This Child” was released
and the influences musically were Americana, Celtic Folk Rock and Chanson. The single contained 2 tracks, and the second track ”Into the Night” became a commercial success and on demand for use in commercials and Radio-play in USA. So the single was released again for the US-Market only. "Into the Night” is A.W most successful song up to date, together with ”Catalan Theme”. André spent 2013-2014 promoting the single and performing at Acoustic Venues and Showcases in Europe. André also Produced his father Norman Wall´s debut-album ”Dreams in the Moonlight”(2013). The album contains an eclectic mix of Jazz, Chanson, Celtic Folk Music and Spoken Word/World Music. The album was well received in France, where it made the Top 40 album charts. Normans Crooning-style voice together with Chanson influenced pianoballads made a perfect match. ”The House Were I Was Born” and ”Drift Away” being Andrés favourites.
During 2013-2014 Norman and André also found time to record songs for their third Invictus-album ”Love for the Dead”. The title taken from the Wordsworth poem.
The album contains poems from William Wordsworth and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The album was released Globally on March 31st 2014. It was difficult to pick songs, since André had composed over 70 songs based on Poems from the Romantic Era. And Norman had started to compose himself. The song ”So We Will Go No More A-Roving” was composed by both Norman and André,(Will be on the next album), and the beautiful ”Days Gone By” was Composed & Written by Norman himself. The Apple doesn´t fall far from the Tree...
The album contains a great mix of Genres: Punk-Rock, Jazz, Chanson, Latin-Pop, Folk Rock, Americana, and 50s style ballads..
Sad to hear that AW´s Close Friend and Music-Collaborator
Stefan Blixt has passed away. (1971-2018)
Meditating and having a cup of coffee in February
Planned releases for 2018
1 Solo-Album or/and several Singles scheduled for Global release in the Autumn.
Invictus 4th Album is in Pre-Mastering phaze with no release-Date set at this time, due to a vast collection of songs which all have been cleared for release, forgeting about the limited number of songs a CD and Vinylalbum can have.
The widely anticipated 4th Invictus Album, contains newly written Music &Arrangement for a selection of AW´s and Norman Wall´s favoured Poems from the Romantic Era, by
Lord Byron, Cristina Rosetti etc, and a few unexpected and experimental songs based on both Poems (In Prose) and surrialistic monologues& transcripts from Plays written, and performed on stage by the spanish Poet&Dramatist, Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Invictus wanted to honour Lorca on the album, with the song
”Hommage to Lorca”based on his life and tragic ending.
”Poet in New York” (1929) was AW´s main source of inspiration, writing music for, and to make this album stand out.
- Adding the classical genre to Invictus soundscape, felt right for the heavier lyricmaterial. A fresh copliment for the group to keep evolving in the coming years.. After writing more than hundred songs especially for Invictus releases. Change is needed to keep the creative part of it exiting.
Lorca was a Poet/Dramatist. Close friend with
Salvadore Dali. Interesting fact is, that they shared a Student flat in the 1920s, while attending the University in Madrid.
Canadian writer and singer-songwriter Legend, Leonard Cohen, wasin his own words deeply influenced by his work. Cohen began reading Lorca´s books and poems as a teenager and became a lifelong admirerer of his work. Cohen would later become a frequent visitor of Lorcas (home) Museum, and befriended Lorca´s sister. Cohen translated many of Lorcas poems , most successfully and recognized, with: Take This Waltz., A widely succesful single and a heartfelt hommage to Lorca (1986).
The songlyric is elegant and carefully written, but still more of an adaption, or influence than a translation of the poem, in my view.
The success of the single and Cohen´s focus on Lorca was of great value for the continued maintance of Lorcas Lifework and for the
renewed global interest in the late great writer&dramatist
Federico Garcia Lorca.
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