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Andres Guazzelli (born December 20, 1984) is an Argentinian singer, composer, producer, engineer, sound designer and film scorer from Mar del Plata.
"If you can imagine Brian May, Santana and John Williams composing a piece of music together, that can move progressive rock fans and cinema audience at the same time, then you are imagining what his music attempts to be" - Colin Tench, 2013.
A classically-trained musician, Andres combines heavy orchestral work with the edginess and modern textures of progressive rock and the brass-driven dramatic scores from epic films. His music contains strong influences of baroque and classical music, as well as medieval and renaissance music, within the frame of symphonic rock.
Keen on ethnic sounds and textures, he spends a great deal of time studying and experimenting with african percussions, instruments and vocal textures, such as mbube and isicathamiya.
He has named Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury as his idol and biggest influence. "I consider myself an advanced student of the Mercurian School of singing", he says. "Freddie was, and still is my greatest teacher". Mercury's influence can be noticed instantly: one of Andres' trademarks is the use of heavy overdubbed multitrack vocals, across a four octaves vocal range.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has also been cited as one of Andres' major influences. A big fan of musical theater, his dramatic style of composing and arranging is strongly influenced by big-time musicals, most notably Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserábles. He has cited several film score composers as his inspirations, including John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore.
Guazzelli draws inspiration from several well-known progressive acts, such as Queen, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Kansas, Toto and Yes. Vocally, he's also strongly influenced by Jeff Buckley, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Joey Tempest and South-african male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.