BIOGRAPHY

Photo of Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Peter Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Nestor Valdez is a French polyglot singer-songwriter and actor who is accompanied by multi-ethnic virtuoso musicians based in Canada. After having lived in Cape Verde and Portugal Nestor sings theatrical compositions in French, Portuguese and Spanish which are influenced by French chanson, Fado, Coladeira, Tango, Funk and Jazz manouche.

Born in Paris, Nestor soon relocated to the Cape Verde Islands; as a child, he was rocked by the songs of Cesaria Evora. Later, Nestor lived nine adolescent years immersed in Fado and Jazz in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fascinated by theatre, he studied acting and singing in France at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Montpellier (ENSAD). While at ENSAD, Nestor also worked with numerous companies as an actor, songwriter, and stage director. He began a 3 year musical collaboration with guitarist and author Matia Levrero, actor Xavier Besson and sax player Armel Courrée.

Currently, Nestor has settled down in Montreal in 2010, where he is working with musicians in the Canadian world and jazz scene. Their first album, in process of creation, co-directed by Maxime Philippe, is the product of the group’s adventurous travels and the quest to introduce audiences to a variety of multicultural musical flavors.

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ALBUM

NESTOR VALDEZ | Self-Titled

Cover of Nestor Valdez' album. Design by Musicos Productions

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Unique mirror shot of Nestor Valdez performing at the OMNI Hotel with his band: Alix Noël-Guéry, Marc Wencelius, Andrew Bruhelius and Aquiles Melo. Photo credited to Peter Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

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Musicians

Photo of Alix Noël-Guéry, pianist and accordion player for the band Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Elaine Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Alix Noël-Guéry [Bombolessé, Briga Music, Ali-X]

Pianist-accordionist from Quebec of Haitian descent


Photo of Marc Wencelius, guitarist for the band Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Elaine Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Marc Wencelius [Rayannah, Aly Keita, Christine Tassan, Angélique Duruisseau]

Swing guitarist of French/Hungarian descent


Photo of Brenn Dalle, violinist for the band Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Elaine Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Brenn Dalle [Hal Cole Quintet]

Violonist from Quebec


Photo of Andrew Bruhelius, bassist for the band Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Elaine Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Andrew Bruhelius [Ali-X, Jully Freitas, Vovo Saramanda, Angélique Duruisseau]

Bass player of Hungarian/American descent


Photo of Aquiles Melo, pianist and accordion player for the band Nestor Valdez. Photo credited to Elaine Graham. Design by Musicos Productions

Aquiles Melo [Bombolessé, Carlos Jimenez, Flavia Nascimento]

Drummer and percussionist of Brazilian descent


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