...Is a Pianist/Singer/Songwriter. His influences are Singer/Songwriters and Instrumentalists from Folk, Classical, Jazz, Blues, World, and Rock genres (Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Brad Mehldau, Martha Agerich, Dr. John, Peter Gabriel, Scott Joplin and more). After recieving classical piano studies as a young child André continued his education at conservatories in Massachusetts and Connecticut. His "real" world education thru gigs and "busking" is as important to André as any of his formal training and has helped develop his style, voice, and performance personality. Though a skilled and accomplished performer in many styles and genres, André’s specialty is the performance of his own songs and compositions, which are a hybrid of his diverse musical tastes and experiences. André performs solo and with his band Bipolar Jukebox throughout New England.
“Singer, songwriter and pianist , a high-priest of hybridization and originality, leads his genre-crossing band, A big, raspy-toned, emotionally wide-ranging singer—a mix of and Dr. John—and a classically and jazz-trained pianist, Balazs rumbles and rambles exuberantly over all styles. Both ecumenical and original, he's at home on the range galloping through classical allusions and pop music of all brands including funk, blues, jazz, cosmopolitan French café romps and stomps, world, rock and indie genres, plus not-yet categorized personal creations that, tsunami-like, pour out of his multi-polar jukebox of a band.”
"André is a Connecticut TREASURE! His refreshingly whimsical and ironic take on life is reflected in every song, his delivery spot on. Balazs evokes a little Randy Newman, a touch of Aznavour, a bit of Tom Waits, a dash of Leonard Cohen...but is certainly ALL André Balazs.”
- Dan Blow (Japanalia on One, Eiko, and Dirt Salon) 2012
"When André Balazs plays, you start to feel foolish for ever thinking there was a separation between jazz, rock, and blues."
- Dan Barry (Hartford Advocate)