Bracaval, Stefan

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Stefan Bracaval is living in Antwerp, Belgium. He was born in Mechelen december 9th 1967.

During his childhood, he had a training in CLASSICAL music in his hometown with Rit Schelstraete and he graduaded in 1990 at the Antwerp Royal Conservatory. He still enjoys playing chamber music.
Already at a young age, he is fascinated by the freedom and creativity of improvisation, and he decides to continue his quest in JAZZ. As a JAZZ flutist he is self-taught, except for some summerclasses with John Ruocco when he was a teenager and a one year course at the Brussels Royal Conservatory with Steve Houben (1990-1991).

At that time, he also played in a few groups around his hometown, including among others Frank Vaganee, Chris Joris and Bert Lams (who became a protegé of Robert Fripp).

He then formed his own groups, performing mainly his own compositions. with Ernst Vranckx he made a CD “Aquarelle” and a belgian radiobroadcast with Kenny Wheeler & John Ruocco.

Sumari Flamenco Jazz Project (co-leader with José Toral): their tours in 2002 & 2004 were well received by press and public
Stefan Bracaval Quartet (with Hendrik Braeckman, Werner Lauscher & Marc Lehan) 2007: CD "Insight Inside"

As a sideman, he played in the group of Karl van Deun and  Stephane Martini “Papagaio”. Occasionally Stefan performed with Barre Phillips, Deborah Brown, Charles Loos, Chris Joris, Garrett List , Bert Joris & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

In 2006 he joined the Pierre Anckaert ensemble which released the CD "Pierre Anckaert Quintet & Brussels Chamber Orchestra",
Together with Pierre, he also played in the "74 miles away" project. 

Recently  they released the CD  Stefan Bracaval & Pierre Anckaert: "Woodworks". 

Nowadays he plays regulary with MultitudeAnne Wolf  wooden trio + Stefan Bracaval ;  Anne Niepold "Musette is not dead",Book of Air: vvolkBruno Vansina OrchestraMe & My Tribe (Jan Van Moer), ...

For Along A line, a crossover band, he arranges the pop songs of Aline Goffin for a classical chamber ensemble.

Open and curious to explore other musical horizons  Stefan  played with people from the world music scene: 
José Toral, Amparo Cortés, Chano Lobato, Weshm (Najib Cherradi),Moufadhel Adhoum, …
He  worked with cats from the POP scene: Raymond Van het Groenewoud, dEUS, Hooverphonic, Jo Lemaire (with Michel Bisceglia), Savalas (David Poltrock), Wigbert, Catherine Delasalle, … . He did studiosessions for FILM music and commercials.

He  appears in the Music-theater productions:

"Koningin van de nacht", a free adaptation of Mozart's "Magic Flute" for young people (Flemish Opera & Muziektheater Transparant).
"De eenzaamheid van de egel" (LOD & Oxalys).

Stefan also enjoys teaching :  

He has taught Jazzflute at The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and harmony at “Studio Herman Teirlinck”. 

He released his book "Alle dagen zon !", a pedagogical publication: an original and fun way of learning basic skills, like scales and broken chords, on your instrument, leading to an initiation into improvisation.

He also conceived "Krullebol" : a new flute method book learning very young children to play music by ear.
At present he teaches at the PopJazz department of the Academy in Grimbergen (near Brussels) & the Royal Conservatory Antwerp (Didactics of PopJazz Ensemble teaching).

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