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Abriël is a Dutch-American trumpet player based in the Amsterdam area. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Trumpet at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2019, Abriël has established herself as a multi-facted professional across genres. 

Currently the trumpet player for the Dutch and Belgian tour of Annie the Musical, she is also in the trumpet section of the prestigious Henk Meutgeert & Peter Beets New Jazz Orchestra, performing with this young big band at the major Dutch jazz festivals and venues, including Bimhuis, LantarenVenster and the Concertgebouw. Other groups Abriël is active in include; funk band The Pocket Exchange; the Middle-Eastern fusion group Etoiles Electriques; the Afrobeat band Kiala and the Afroblaster (led by former Fela Kuti guitarist Nzavotunga). She is also a member of the collective Afrogrooves, which organizes several events connecting the political and social power of music.

Abriël is an active studio musician and has appeared on CDs of the indie bands Builder of the House and Grey Lotus, as well as the funk bands the Funkstamatics and Amsterdam Funk Orchestra. Her recordings and performances have been featured on De Wereld Draait Door, Podium Witteman and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (BBC6).

One of Abriël’s passions in life is bringing a love of music to everyone, everywhere. She has toured with the non-profit flashmob orchestras Ricciotti Ensemble and Street Orchestra Live in The Netherlands, UK, Brazil and Cuba (click here to see a short documentary on this trip), playing music with 40-person symphonies in surprising and diverse locations such as nursing homes, supermarkets, and refugee centers. In addition to teaching private lessons, she works as a trumpet teacher in primary and secondary schools through Hallo Muziek (Zaanstad) and Muziekcentrum Zuidoost (Amsterdam).