6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
$15 Music charge at the door, $12 prepaid online tickets $ 7 Minimum (food/drink)
FLUTES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH
ANDREA BRACHFELD ANTON DENNER
MARK FRIEDMAN JESSICA VALIENTE
Steve Myerson, piano
Rick Faulkner, bass
Diego Lopez, drums
FLUTES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH performs jazz and world music in the unconventional yet endlessly appealing setting of flute quartet with rhythm section. Performing on the full range of sizes of the flute family, they present skillfully-crafted arrangements and innovative interpretations of standards, traditional music, and original compositions. The four featured flutists are a who’s-who of flute virtuosi in the Garden State, with glowing credentials from the worlds of jazz, Latin, Brazilian music, classical, theater, and commercial music.
Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, is a major figure in the worlds of jazz, Latin jazz, and Latin dance flutists. She began her musical career at age 16 and has performed and/or recorded with such jazz and Latin music luminaries as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, to name just a few. She is the first female professional charanga flutist in the United States. She has released seven highly-praised, full-length CDs as a leader, and has performed on the JVC Jazz Festival, the Havana Jazz Festival, and the International Flute Festival. She is the winner of numerous awards, including Best Jazz Flute (Hothouse Magazine), Chico O’ Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award (Latin Jazz USA), the Latin New York Music Award, and she is a three-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Big Band competition.
Anton Denner holds a degree in jazz performance from William Paterson University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He has performed with Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, and Rita Moreno, as well as with world-class jazz artists Clifford Jordan, Mel Lewis, Al Foster, Terrel Stafford, Bill Stewart, and Rufus Reid. He has been a featured soloist at the Napa Valley Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and La Villette Paris Jazz Festival, as well as the Eric Dolphy Festival in Montclair, New Jersey. As an educator, he has been a faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Seton Hall University. Anton’s flute and piccolo playing can be heard regularly on the Emmy award winning animated PBS TV series,
Mark Friedman received his B.A. in music education and jazz performance from New Jersey City University (then Jersey City State College). He has performed and/or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, such giants of jazz, Latin music, and popular music as Tito Puente, Machito, The Big Three Palladium Orchestra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan Transfer, Glenn Miller, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Valle, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton, and many others. He appears on Machito’s 1983 Grammy Award-winning album, Machito and His Big Salsa Band 1982. He has performed in 23 countries and 23 states. Mark is currently a member of the Ramapo Indian Hills music faculty, and maintains an active private teaching studio.
Jessica Valiente holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College in conjunction with Manhattan School of Music, an M.A. in music performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, CUNY) and a D.M.A. in music performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In addition to her activities in the worlds of symphonic music, chamber music, and historical performance practice, she has performed in the conjunto of Latin legend Orlando Marín, and currently performs with the Latin jazz big band, Bronx Conexión. She has been the musical director of the salsa and Latin jazz ensemble Los Mas Valientes since 1995. With Los Mas Valientes She has performed released five albums, all to critical acclaim. She has performed at such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The National Cathedral, The 92nd Street Y, The Gaillard Center, Baltimore Symphony Hall, The Hartford Jazz Festival, and many others. She has taught flute at Brooklyn College, the John J. Cali School of Music of Montclair State University, and is currently on the flute faculty of the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program.