Heralded as an "audacious artist” (BlogCritics), a “giant singer" (In Tune International), and “a highly original performer" (Contra Costa Times), Andrea Wolper has headlined at major clubs and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including New York's Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and JVC Jazz Festival. Her 3rd CD, “Parallel Lives” (Jazzed Media), was on several best of 2011 lists, and “TranceFormation in Concert” (New Artists) was a 2012 Downbeat Critics Polls Best Vocal CD. Andrea's songwriting has been called“easily superior to the ever expandingpopulation in the singer/songwriter category" (Cadence); she is one of the 521 Great Jazz Singers covered in Scott Yanow's “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide” (BackbeatBooks). In addition to leading the AndreaWolper Trio/Qt., and composing for and leading her Cento project, Andrea is one third of the improvising trio, TranceFormation. She appears as a featured artist in other groups including Jay Clayton's Different Voices and Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band, and she appeared in the late Will Connell's Horace Tapscott Project. Andrea was a founding member of the Kettle Collective, and of SoHo Voce, a revolving collaborative of vocal improvisers. She is President Emerita of International Women in Jazz, and was an Advisor to the Jazz Vocal Coalition. She created and curated “Why Not Experiment?”, a weekly music series that ran throughout most of 2014 and 2015 in Greenwich Village.
Andrea was a 2015 HeleneWurlitzer Foundation composing fellow.
For her Bar Thalia performance, Andrea reunites with her old friend, guitarist Freddie Bryant. Freddie has recorded and/or played with Tom Harrell, D.D. Jackson, Steve Wilson, Kevin Hays, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, bassist Avishai Cohen, Rosanna Vitro,Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila Jordan, RandyBrecker, David Sanchez, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Lonnie Smith and many others. He is also on the first call list of many singers and Brazilian musicians because of his sensitive accompanying and his knowledge of Brazilian guitar and has toured with pianist/singer ElianeElias. He has collaborated with musicians froma wide variety of backgrounds including the Indian sitarist, Shubhendra Rao, the Kenyan singers, Achien'g Abura, Suzanna Owiyo, theTaarab master oud player Zein Labdin and traditional groups in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. In 2006 he performed in Cuba as a solo artist and spent a week of musical exchange with Cuban musicians including the trumpet player, El Greco, formerly of Irakere. He has toured as a cultural ambassador for The U.S. Department of State four times and performed at the Kennedy Center with the Billy Taylor Trio appearing on National Public Radio Show, Live at the Kennedy Center.