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(Published: May 14, 2022)

When I began this project my intention was to create a social justice record. As I searched inside of myself for a theme that resonated with who I was, helping children came through. Then I composed the poem "Children of the Earth." This was written about six weeks before the pandemic happened and seemed to have elements of premonition in it. I also asked the poet laureate of jersey city to recite the poem but he overslept and didn't make the rehearsal so I reluctantly recited the spoken word. So interesting how events can perpetuate a significant change in our lives!! Then I did some research to see which children's populations were in the most dire need so the Native Americans, the children of the Middle East, Africans, and Guatemalans were targeted in different songs. When the pandemic hit, the recording ceased but the ideas did not. By February 2021, the project took a new turn and the new original compositions took on a different flavor reflecting the chaos we were in externally and internally. I tried to incorporate different cultural elements into that music to keep my theme of children in need intact. When I decided to put the record out I was in a mini dilemma as to what to call the project to reflect these two themes. Evolution came to mind citing the evolution of the music as well as the evolution of our world. Lastly my intention is to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization who supports the well being of our children on the planet.

Each song on the recording is like part of a journey in my life. The project came together in a very organic way even though it took a couple of years to really crystallize.
- Andrea Brachfeld

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a designated children's organization.

Child of the Earth
This poem morphed into spoken word which in turn was transformed into music courtesy of the genius of Bill O'Connell. I ended up doing the spoken word when the poet laureate of Jersey City overslept and didn't make the rehearsal! Bill convinced me to do it, so here it is! Somehow I had a feeling in January of 2020 that something was about to happen!!

The Unraveling of it all
The unraveling refers to the total breakdown of all our systems as the pandemic exposed the dysfunction of each of them. Now it is up to us to honestly assess each system, and transform them to aid us all, in this global transformation.

Ko Ribon:
As I researched which songs to record on this project, I remembered a beautiful melody I heard one night attending a Shabbat service. This song is dedicated to all the children who have been exposed to, and continue to experience living in war torn areas as a result of peoples' inabilities to live peacefully knowing there is enough for all.

As my gift and support to the children and humanity , a portion of the proceeds of this project will go towards a to be named worldwide organization which supports children in need.

ANDREA BRACHFELD: C flute, alto flute, spoken word, Colombian clay flute, African wood flute, kalimba
BILL O'CONNELL: piano - Grammy® Nominee this year
HARVIE S: bass
JASON TIEMANN: drums, percussion

When I listen to the gorgeous, rich sound of flutist Andrea Brachfeld, I question why she is not constantly headlining at the world's top jazz spots. As a young musician, she received the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Student, and she has not stopped excelling since. JazzTimes critic Scott Albin wrote that she "...is currently one of the best players of jazz on the instrument," and she definitely has assumed the mantle worn by her mentor and former teacher Hubert Laws. Downbeat praises her as "one of the finest jazz flutists around" and calls her newest CD, Evolution(Origin), "impressive." It comes out on May 20...
Don Jay Smith Hothouse Magazine May 2022

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