Bracaval, Stefan

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 was 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:
- Elixir (1992 the 1st prize of the "Brussels Jazz Rallye", ex aequo with Michel Bisceglia trio.)
- Ernst Vranckx - Stefan Bracaval (1994 the SABAM "Prix Nicolas Dor" for their performance at "Jazz à Liège"); 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)
- Stefan Bracaval Quartet (with Hendrik Braeckman, Werner Lauscher & Marc Lehan)

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.

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 has taught Jazzflute at The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and harmony at “Studio Herman Teirlinck”. At present he teaches at the Popjazz department of the Academy in Grimbergen (near Brussels) & at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp (Didactics of PopJazz Ensemble teaching).