Meet Andrea Brachfeld: Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws
Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga '76 catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States. She is the recipient of the Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award from Latin Jazz USA, the Women in Salsa Award from Salsation, the "Pionero" Award from Mario Torres Productions and, most recently, the "Tribute to the Charanga Flutes," given by Charanga Legends USA, presented in August of 2012.
She currently leads Phoenix Rising and has five CDs out as a leader. Her latest CD, which is her first straight-ahead jazz CD, Lady of the Island, will be released by ZOHO music in the fall of 2012, featuring Wallace Roney
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was six years old and played Slaughter, on 10th Ave.
Your sound and approach to music: My sound comes from fine-tuning my ear to a complete and pure flute sound. My approach is to listen to others as I am playing, listen to the masters from before, and listen to the sounds in my head to compose.
Your teaching approach: Become focused on what you'd like to accomplish. Listen to the masters about how to achieve those goals. Self-discipline and respect of history and music. Transcribe, listen, transcribe, listen, practice everything in all the keys until you're dreaming it all and can do it in your sleep. Then forget everything, play and breathe life into the moment.