Gijs Andriessen

Gijs Andriessen

Gijs Andriessen is a Dutch videographer and composer living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Son of composer Jurriaan Andriessen. Grandson of composer Hendrik Andriessen. He was born in 1957 in Den Haag, the Netherlands. He finished the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 1981. Participated with the 30 minutes musicvideo "Views" at the first visual music festival in Los Angeles, 1981. In 1983 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he worked as a jazzpianist and composer of songs and soundtracks for films and television. In 1989 he worked as video director for the production companies "Spectrum" and "TV PLUS" directing documentaries and comercials. In 1992 he started a group with singer Marianna Leporace, performing his own songs. In 1995 he moved to Holland again, where he stayed until the end of 1997. Back in Rio, he renewed his jazz/pop group, now called "JazzCatNine". Two years later he founded JazzCatNine video and music productions, working as director, producer, cameraman and editor, simultaneously working as a composer of songs and soundtracks. Lately he has been working with contemporary dance groups, performances and the NGO People's Palace projects, that works with children from the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

The first part of his multimedia concert called "Noturna" for pianosolo and videoprojection was shown in 2003 at the Sergio Porto theatre in Rio de Janeiro.

His last work is the film "Cannibal Café" based on the blog by Cibele Machado, a writer from São Paulo. It had its premiere in July 2006 as a videoinstallation at the event "VERBO" at the Galeria Vermelho in São Paulo.

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